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Review of Spherion

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5th Ave

Total time with agency:
2 years

Wait for first assignment:
3 Days

Average wait between assignments:

Last five jobs:
Job Title Length Client Hourly Wage Typical of agency?
Proofreader Y
Secretary/WP Y

Tests given:
usual MS Office

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

Medical insurance:
Dental insurance:
Paid vacation:
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When I first signed up with them two years ago, they were still called Interim and they were a great agency. They were personable and very helpful. Since last year they merged and became Spherion. They've hired placement people who have no background whatsoever in personnel and bad people skills. They rarely call you back--even if on assignment--The woman I dealt with was an ex-makeup artist (that's what SHE said) and had horrible interpersonal skills. I was pulled off an assignment for something I had not done. Was taken into counseling, and was repeatedly told by this woman that I did do it. She never believed me and was not interested in what I had to say. I then called th manager Karen Bagne (whom I had worked with for two years as a temp) one--because she knew my work and two--because she knew what type of a person I was. Imagine my surprise when she was not interested in the fact that I was accused of something that I had not done and didn't really care about me one way or another. Talk about instilling loyalty!

They used to have many major clients, now they're being dropped by many of them---gee I wonder why.
They pay poorly, and are dishonest



Thu Jun 13 11:47:52 EST 2002

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