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Review of Atrium Staffing

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420 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10170

Total time with agency:
2 months

Wait for first assignment:
1 Months

Average wait between assignments:

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

Tests given:
Word, Excel, Ppt, Access, Outlook,

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

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

I found the people at Atrium to be very nice and very friendly, but also a bit unprofessional and chaotic. Different reps kept calling me to ask if I was interested in jobs and should they send my resume. I always said yes but then never heard back. The one time I did get an assignment, it was after they sent my resume to a company without my permission, and for a job that was below what I told them my absolute minimum was. When I said I didn't want the job, the rep, who had already told the company I was willing and available, became nasty and said, "I don't know what other job you think you're going to get, unless you want to stuff envelopes for $10 an hour or be a bike messenger." Not exactly a way to sell the vast array of apportunities at your agency.

On the plus side, they do seem to have a fair amount of work and have some interesting clients. I wouldn't necessarily tell people not to use them: I don't think they're terrible, just unprofessional. And don't let them bully you into taking a low rate just because it's more convenient for them. On the challenge database they say their typical admin jobs are $17 and $18/hour, but when I interviewed I was told the average was $15 (even though I have experience, computer skills, etc, etc.)



Mon Nov 22 20:39:06 EST 2004

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