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Review of Vogue

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17 E 45th St
New York, NY 10017

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Tests given:
Word for Windows, Excel, Typing on Typewriter

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Started working: July 1995

Stopped working: July 1995

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Clients: Salary: 14-15/hr

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Comments: I had a nightmare experience with Vogue. It was summer and jobs were not coming in the way they normally do. I interviewed with a couple more agencies. I typed 55 wpm. and did very well on Word and Excel. Vogue called me about a job in NJ paying 14/hr. I needed the money badly so I took the job.

It turned out to be a desktop publishing job that the client didn't want to pay a lot of money for, so they thought they would just get a regular temp to do it. I was told I would be cleaning up a scanned document. What they really wanted was someone to reproduce a questionaire. This involved a lot of graphic and font style work. After slaving all day, the document was still not done. I think it was about 40 pages, which is fine if you're just typing, but it was a lot more than that. The client complained that the work was not done, and they said I didn't even know the software. (Complete lie; I train people on MS Word) The client refused to pay Vogue, who in turn refused to pay me. They eventually paid me for half, four hours of work, at 14/hr.

I felt that this was theft of services and it is Vogue's responsibility to dispute problems with those they have contracted with. My contract was with Vogue and not the client so I should be paid for my services regardless of any dispute between the client and the agency.

Richard Hazel


February 13, 1996

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