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Review of Core Staffing

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59 Maiden Lane
New York, NY

Total time with agency:
2 months

Wait for first assignment:
1 Months

Average wait between assignments:

Last five jobs:
Job Title Length Client Hourly Wage Typical of agency?
Clerical 1 Weeks Popular women's magazine 16 Y

Tests given:
Qwiz for MSOffice applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), including a typing test

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

Medical insurance:
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Paid vacation:
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Matching contributions:

Highly recommended. Small agency, only based in NYC, which I think is a plus -- you really get to develop a positive working relationship with your counselor. Pay is decent and they seem to have a solid reputation with their clients. Also I found the staff in both the downtown and midtown offices very friendly.

I've been a working professional for over 10 years so you can imagine my trepidation having to look for temporary admin work. (It's Spring 2003 as of this writing and the job market in NYC is terrible). But as my family always says, "you gotta do what you gotta do."

I came to Core based on the recommendation of a good friend. I was pleased with the fact that they're based exclusively in New York and aren't some nationwide conglomerate temp firm.

It took a little while to get some work but they really worked hard to find an assignment that fit by background. The first one -- while not glamorous work -- was in a fascinating industry and closer to my experience (advertising).

This was a huge benefit when I unexpectedly had to cut the assignment short after being offered a freelance job. I was concerned that it would adversely affect my relationship with Core, AND hurt Core's relationship with their client. Thanks to the support I got through Core, everyone understood my situation and were cool with it.

It's like anything, you get what you give. I definitely hope to work through Core again.



Thu May 22 10:28:01 EST 2003

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