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Review of Laury Group

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, NY

Total time with agency:
4 months

Wait for first assignment:
4 Days

Average wait between assignments:

Last five jobs:
Job Title Length Client Hourly Wage Typical of agency?
Receptionist 1 Days Corporate Accounting Firm 11 Y
Receptionist 3 Days Housewares Co. 11 Y

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

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The Laury Group - Good for desperate people.

When I first registered with the Laury Group, I told them exactly what I was looking for - non-corporate and at least $15/hour. They seemed very excited about me and told me they had a long-term temp job that would fit me perfectly at a jewelry company. It paid $17/hour. I went home excited.

The next day they called me incessantly - could I email over a resume? Would I be available for an interview? Would such and such time work for me? Ok the interview is on - here's the address, etc. etc. Then, finally at the end of the day, they called back and told me the interview was off; the client decided to go ahead and hire someone else.

The next week, they called me on Tuesday and asked me if I would take a last minute job that day at a corporate accounting firm that paid $11/hour. It seems the guy who had been working the job bailed out on them at the last moment. This was exactly the OPPOSITE of what I told them I was looking for, but I said "yes," hoping it would lead to more and better work. So, I went and while the job was easy, the people at the job were pretty god-awful. Fortunately, the gals @ Laury Group called me with another job at a "fun" housewares company. (That again paid only $11/hour.) The job would be only from 9:30-12 and it would only last for the rest of the week.(Who can pay their bills with that kind of money?)
Again, the person who originally had the job had bailed because, surprise, surprise, the job was absolutely shitty.

So I lasted out the week and the next Monday they called again, asking me if I wanted to return to the job at the corporate accounting firm. I politely said that I wasn't available but was available for the rest of the week. After that, they never called me again. I tried to follow up in the weeks after and I would always get the same response, "sorry, it's slow." Which in Laury Group-talk must mean "sorry, we need people who are a little more desperate..."



Tue Dec 21 15:29:55 EST 2004

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