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Review of Winmar Temporary Service

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535 5th Avenue
New York, NY

Total time with agency:
20 yrs

Wait for first assignment:
4 Hours

Average wait between assignments:

Last five jobs:
Job Title Length Client Hourly Wage Typical of agency?
Clerical 4 Months Playboy Press 9 Y

Tests given:

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

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I first started working for them in the mid 80's and they sent me to Playboy press doing clerical. Within 2 weeks I was promoted to sales. 3 months later I applied for a permenant position, a month later I was told the assignment was ending. I was told privately that I was doing a better job than my immediate supervisor and she felt threatened by me, especially since I had a college degree and she didn't.

I informed Susan, the owner of Winmar but she never got me another position.

Years went by and I later became a manager of Word Processing and computers. When I was laid off due to a merger, I called Susan and told her that I was looking for some temp work (in word processing and desktop publishing) while I was looking for a regular position. She told me she had an ideal position for me, I told her I would come down immediately after I had an interview for a perm position.

I got to her office 1 hour after my interview and she told me the position was already taken, that if I had come immediately, instead of going on that interview I would have been working the next day (like right, I am going to pass up a chance for a perm position). She then told me I would have to take a typing test. No problem. Instead of having me take a test on a computer, she wanted me to take it on a 20 yr old electric (not even electronic) type writer where the carrage moves. I informed her I haven't typed on a regular type writer in about 15 yrs. She told me there should be no difference between taking a typing test on a typewriter and a computer.

I took the test, even though I knew, at this point, it was all BS and a waste of my time. The receptionist even apologized for the condition of the typewriter. Needless to say I didn't score that high on the typing test.

When I was finished, I asked Susan why she wasn't testing me on my computer skills. She just shrugged her shoulders and told me it wasn't necessary and then told me to call her associate the next day.

The next day I called her associate and gave her my name. she put me on hold for about 5 minutes and when she came back, told me that they didn't have anything at this time to fit my skills, unless I wanted a receptionist position paying $6.50 am hour. I told her not to hold her breath for my response and that she should destroy my appliation and to be sure that as soon as I was back working full time, I will be sure never to use her company's services and that they really should join the rest of the 21st century and get a computer. After all, they aren't that expensive.



Tue Sep 16 18:17:59 EST 2003

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