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Review of Ajilon Office

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Hauppauge, NY
, NY

Total time with agency:
early January 2004

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

Tests given:
Word, Excel. Was sent interactive tests online but they malfunctioned, so my evaluations for PowerPo

Payroll policies:
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Free check cashing at agency's bank:

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My experience is similar to that of reviewer "disappointed reporter" of Mon Nov 25 12:59:22 EST 2002. The low pay, promises of an increase to keep an assignment where I was immediately told instead of it being 3-4 months I'd only be there a week. The sec'y I was replacing was leaving and was extremely condenscending in the way she informed me that I wouldn't need to know anything else with regard to what the position required (Legal Sec'y) except how to send faxes and printout the emails of the General Counsel for 7.5 hours per day; because I was only going to be there one week. It was presented to me as an indefinite, possibly temp-to-perm position as it had not yet been posted in-house or on-line. I chose that day to end the assignment and told Ajilon so. Well, I was then promised a $2.00 per hour increase as incentive to keep it for one week. Long and short, it took two weeks to be paid the $2 per hour difference. They got me several assignments over approximately a 3 month period, each extremely low paying and absolutely demoralizing in terms of the lack of opportunity to use any but the most rudimentary skills. Let's say for all the 'people of color' who are highly skilled and looking for quality assignments in the Northeastern Long Island area, don't subject yourself to their insidiously racist client base. Prior to ALL interviews w/ their clients they loved me ‘on paper’and couldn't wait for me to come in either to report directly to work or for an interview. And if you’re wondering if I’m an African-American with ‘an attitude’, which I’m the first to admit a lot of blacks do have toward each other and people of other races, I AM NOT. I was educated in predominately Jewish schools in NYC and attended one of the “7 Sister Schools” in Westchester County. After they saw that I wasn't white the whole script changed IMMEDIATELY! Interestingly, they never said anything but great things about me to Ajilon, just that they really wouldn't be needing anyone after all...(smile). In today's economy, the white, not quite good enough (to work in NYC) middle-aged corporate worker (with nearly obsolete skills) on Long Island is not welcoming any people of color, who possess an education, strong skills, pleasant, non-threatening, but non-SERVILE personalities (in short not an "Uncle Tom Negro") into their very small and limited world. And this appears to be the client-base that Ajilon services. So if you're anything but white, young and not too outstanding in any area (dress, demeanor, comportment and skills) PLEASE do not subject yourself to what I went through. I've already done it for you!!!

Bonnie C. Robinson


Thu Apr 8 18:27:04 EST 2004

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