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Review of Kelly Services

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Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Total time with agency:
2 years

Wait for first assignment:
6 Months

Average wait between assignments:

Last five jobs:
Job Title Length Client Hourly Wage Typical of agency?
Legal_Secretary 6 Weeks 18
Legal_Secretary 2 Months 14 Y

Tests given:
Windows 2000, Excel, Word for Windows, Power Point Automated training offered for any program weakn

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

Medical insurance:
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Matching contributions:

I was very disappointed with Kelly. The training was great but they never called me with the jobs or locations I asked for unless I hounded them, and even then the information was inaccurate.

My first assignment was for two weeks but the employer-client told me he'd told Kelly it was open-ended. When he asked to see a copy of my contract, I told him I didn't have one. He asked for one from Kelly and they said it was against their policy to let anyone, including the temp, have a copy of their contract. They also tried to get me another assignment *while* I was on the first one, which was very odd.

The second assignment was supposed to be long-term and ended after 6 weeks, despite my good reviews.

Because of the time lag between assignments, I picked up unemployment in between. The main office inexplicably sent them a letter saying I had voluntarily left their employ, causing my unemployment benefits to terminate. When I called to ask them to retract the letter, they said it was impossible, even though they continued to call me with inappropriate assignments. Fortunately, unemployment believed my story and reinstated my benefits - right after I found a permanent job on my own in the newspaper.



Tue Jul 13 08:18:07 EST 2004

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