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Review of Distinctive Temps

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60 E. 42 St. ste. 1465
New York, NY 10165

Total time with agency:
1 year

Wait for first assignment:
2 Weeks

Average wait between assignments:

Last five jobs:
Job Title Length Client Hourly Wage Typical of agency?
Clerical 2 Days Screen Actor's Guild 10

Tests given:
MS Word, Excel

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

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

This is one of the sloppiest agencies around. The little job at the SAG was a simple enough one. Mail sorting clerk. But getting the assignment was a mess. First Jean Paul called me up. I told him I was available. Then someone else called me to say I must be at home for a telephone interview. So I stay home and put off my shopping. 2 hours later I call and Lisa said there wasn't any phone interview. I was quoted a different rate then when I got paid; the rate was lower. I've had other problems with this agency in that they are very sloppy. I call in to give my availability and then someone calls me with an assignment, then they tell me it's a mistake it's been filled already.

Lisa has left the agency. With her went any sense of order or sanity. It's a mess. They waste your time and are the only agency I know that gets pissed off when you call to update them of your status. They'll tell you that the clients will let them know if they want to take you on as a temp after reviewing their resume bank. That's when they'll call. Well guess what? I won't pick up if DISTINCTIVE shows up on my call box. Avoid this one, it's distinctively bad.

tiffany lee


Thu Sep 18 21:53:33 EST 2003

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