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Review of Target Temporaries

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900 Walt Whitman Rd #301
Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 385-5627

Total time with agency:
1 Month

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Last five jobs:
Job Title Length Client Hourly Wage Typical of agency?
Laborer 2 Weeks Y

Tests given:
unfinished Office 2000 Word Perfect test

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

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My father's friend introduced me to Target Temporaries. When I went there, the staff is predominantly Spanish people. Not that I mind, but their attitude towards me wasn't very welcoming. I told them what type of jobs I wanted (office support/administrative/clerical) and I even handed in my resume. The manager, the one who interviewed me, didn't seem to understand what these jobs are. She said, "what is office support? What do you mean?" as if she didn't understand. I tried to tell them I wanted administrative jobs.
She gave me a microsoft office 2000 test and I didn't finish it because she interrupted me and told me I didn't have to go on.
I noticed her staff was making calls to temp workers to recruit them for a Bed, Bath, and Beyond job. If the applicant wasn't interested, they talked about them behind their backs and said that the applicant was a "waste of their time."
So, the manager led me into her office again and told me there were no clerical jobs, but would I be interested in a Bed, Bath, and Beyond job in the meantime?
Seeing that having work is better than no work, I told them I'd take it.
She gave me instructions and I did the job.
Upon completing the job, one of the recruiters told me there's another job waiting for me.
When I called the office, they were so unprofessional. When I told them a staff referred me to her, the receptionist gave me a tone like she didn't believe me. When I told her my name, she sort of exaggerated it, saying, "Karen who?" as if I'm not important.
I called back twice because it was their lunchtime: understandable.
After telling the receptionist my name again and purpose of call, she put me on hold without saying she was going to put me on hold. Since I used a cellphone, I thought they cut me off.
The person got on the phone and told me about the job. It was a putting parts together at a technical company, not an administrative job. I told her I would think about it and consult my schedule.
Then exasperatedly, she told me, "What? Didn't you already graduate college? Why do you have to look at your schedule?"
When I told her I need to think about it, she didn't believe me. She was so nice to me up until I told her I couldn't accept the job just yet.
I didn't accept the job, but I didn't bother to call her. Besides, I work from 8:30am to 5:30pm and that's almost the same hours as their business hours. She told me to call at 8am but seriously, I thought they should have been more flexible and accomodating to the employees. I wanted to leave a voicemail or something, but it seems that they don't want me to do that.
When I came back the following week to take my paycheck, she asked me about the job. I told her I wasn't interested. Then she came on as an interrogation. "Why? Don't you want to work?"
I told her I'm interested in office jobs.
She said, "So, why didn't you tell us before?"
I told her that I DID tell them before, from the very beginning! It was only a week and a half ago! The same manager who interviewed me was also in the room. She did not defend me nor did she support her staff. She pretended there was work to do.
After the woman looked at the manager, the manager finally turned toward me and said, "I will contact you when I find any office work."
I was like, "screw this."

Target Temporaries is only great for people who don't have the skills, low education level, and enjoy rough treatment from their employers. They only have low-educated level jobs.
If you do not acccept a job, be prepared to be interrogated as to why.
I recommend this agency to nobody. I also do not appreciate how they treated me in my almost two week relationship with them.



Tue Sep 28 16:55:27 EST 2004

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