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Review of Career Blazers

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590 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10036


Total time with agency:
9 months

Wait for first assignment:
2 Days

Average wait between assignments:

Last five jobs:
Job Title Length Client Hourly Wage Typical of agency?
Secretary/WP 3 Months 18 Y
Data_Entry 1 Months 18 Y
Data_Entry 1 Months 14 Y

Tests given:
Word, Excel

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

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

Well, I got my first assignment two days after signing up. It lasted a month. Then a few weeks later I got another 1 month assignment. Then nothing for three months. In that time, each agent I was assigned to left and no one told me. I only found out after calling and being transferred to someone else by the receptionist (the receptionists are never friendly and don't say things like "Oh, he left. Here is who replaced him." They just answer the phone, you ask for someone and they transfer you to whoever they want). Then I was offered a perm job after doing a temp to perm. I have yet to hear from Career Blazers. They are supposed to do the negotiating, right? Clients and Temps never interact on that level, generally. If we did, what would we need temp agencies for? I worked internally at an agency in the past and the company I worked for would get extremely angry if they found temps negotiating with clients.

Basically, you can get work through Career Blazers, but don't expect follow-up from anyone. They seem to have a high level of turnover there as well.



Thu Jun 20 11:37:11 EST 2002

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