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Review of NYCTemps

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18 East 48th Street
New York, NY 10017


Total time with agency:
18 months

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Job Title Length Client Hourly Wage Typical of agency?

Tests given:
MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint

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Free check cashing at agency's bank:

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The testing conditions were really awful. The room was like a small, windowless and airless closet right off the reception area. That aside, the staff is very upbeat and courteous so I toughed it out. Scored in the 90 percentile and thought I was in good at last.

Vanessa Acorda takes care of the list for a temps availability and Kacey Knauer intereviewed me. Both were very laid back and yet professional and overall I had a good impression of the agency.

Vanessa always confirms receipts of email concerning one's status and availability. Kacey has been a good listener on the phone.

However, after several months of periodic calling in sessions absolutely nothing has happened. I would appreciate them being more honest with me and just saying they either don't have jobs for my background/educational/skills level or that they are just plain slow.

I often wonder what has happened to the database function at temp agencies. Whoever thought of this idea of having temps call in should one day have to go through this process themselves. It is discouraging and eventually leads one to have a low opinion of the temping industry itself.

I just let go of this agency. I plan to look for work on my own.(2003)

Katie Stevens


Tue Aug 19 05:34:06 EST 2003

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