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Review of Core Staffing (Downtown branch)

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59 Maiden Lane
New York, NY

Total time with agency:
almost 1.5 months

Wait for first assignment:
4 Days

Average wait between assignments:

Last five jobs:
Job Title Length Client Hourly Wage Typical of agency?
Laborer 1 Days Random House (Mail Room) 9
Data_Entry 2 Weeks United Way 8.5

Tests given:
MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint and a Typing test.

Payroll policies:
On-site time sheet pickup:
Direct deposit of payroll checks: Y
Free check cashing at agency's bank:

Medical insurance:
Dental insurance:
Paid vacation:
Transportation allowance:
Entertainment allowance:
Matching contributions:

I just moved to NYC. Since I was jobless a friend of mine suggested I sign up with Core. She is signed up with them and said they are one of the more reputable agencies around, and so I heeded her advice. I have only dealt with the downtown agency, and so far my experience has been fairly pleasant. The receptionists and counselors have all been pleasant and polite. As for the assignments, they have been much lower paying than I had requested. The friend who referred me to Core said that she usually gets in the $15/hr range, so I don't know what the deal is with the extremely low wages I've been getting. I suspect it may have something to do with the fact that I am new to the agency. The job I had with the United Way could have lasted longer if I had wanted it to, but because of the low wage and very tedious work, I decided against it. Supposedly the United Way could only afford to pay $8.50/hr to us temps. I'm not sure if that is true or not. Anyway, the counselors in general are not pushy and seem quite honest. Mine tells me they are in a bit of a dry spell right now, but I can't help but wonder if they always say that just to cover their backs. I have yet to be placed on a long-term assignment, and from what I hear, Core tends to send people on very short-term assignments--i.e., 1-2 days long. I'm hoping I get something higher paying soon, but I think I have to hang around and pay my dues with low-paying jobs first or something--this is the impression I get, anyway. Like most agencies, you have to check in with them daily to let them know you are available. So far they seem to keep in fairly good contact with their temps--I've gotten calls even when I haven't checked in.



Sun Dec 9 00:47:26 GMT 2001

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