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Review of Adia

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41 East 42nd Street
New York, NY

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Job Title Length Client Hourly Wage Typical of agency?

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Windows, Excel Qwiz, etc.

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Started working: June 1994 in Atlanta, August 1995 in NYC
Stopped working: Sept. 1995, I suppose
Types of Jobs: Word processing, some secretarial
Was this typical? yes

Clients: phone companies, banks

Salary: $16

Benefits: I don't even ask.


Since I moved to NYC after working for Adia in Atlanta, it was an easy matter to transfer my paperwork. I did this on a Friday, and by Monday afternoon I had a job for the next week and a half.

Soon after that I landed what seems to have been my last job working for them. I was on a two week word processing assignment for an AT&T proposal. The night before the second week started I got sick (fever), but dragged myself in to work. I tried to work but it was very difficult as I had to go to the restroom on an average of every twenty minutes or so.

When it was clear I was not going to last the day, the client called the agency to arrange for another temp and I went home. Later on I was told the client had not been pleased about my inability to work, and let my replacement temp take over the remaining week of my job. I totally understood the client's dissatisfaction, however, I felt justified in my actions due to the extent of my illness- this was not a hangover or the sniffles.

Unfortunately, this experience seems to have made me persona-non-grata at Adia. I called frequently (for awhile) but have yet to be given another assignment.




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