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Review of Quantum

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420 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY


Total time with agency:
1 yr

Wait for first assignment:

Average wait between assignments:

Last five jobs:
Job Title Length Client Hourly Wage Typical of agency?

Tests given:
Test in all of the Word for Windows suite and Wordperfect Suite where I got 100% on every test

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

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Matching contributions:

I had once gone to their perm divison and was treated so badly (they tried to convince me to take a salary cut by 10k).

A few years later I posted my resume on the net and I got a call from someone from Quantum telling me I would be an ideal candidate. I informed him what I had gone through before and I wasn't interested. He convinced me that things had changed and it would be different now. He added that my interview would only take about 1 hour (since I told him I had another interview that same day).

When I got there, after one hour he came out and told me that his boss insisted that I take a battery of tests. I finished 2 hours of tests in less than 1 1/4 hours and got 100% on each test.

He then told me that his boss (a Mr. Habib) wanted to interview me. Originally I told him I would not except a position for less than 50k since that was my salary at my last permenant position as a supervisor/manager. His boss asked me what I was doing currently. I told him I was temping until I got a perm job since I couldn't live on unemployment. He asked what was my rate. He then got pushy and told me I could never ask for a position of 50k since I was now temping and only getting $24/hr. He added that I didn't deserve 50k and I should be happy with around 40k or temp.

I was now there from 11:45am to 2:40pm. I had another interview for a position for 60k and that job interview (not an agency one) was within 1/2 hour. I told him he wasted enough of my time. He then got nasty and told me I wasn't worth 60k. I took my application and ripped it up and threw it in his face.

Needless to say, I almost missed my other job interview; and oh yes I got the 60k position without any trouble. The first thing I did was see which agencies my emloyer was using. Guess who was their primary agency? Quantum; which I immedately stopped using. When the agent for Quantum called I told him about my experience with his agency and Mr. Habib.



Tue Sep 16 14:30:43 EST 2003

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