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Review of Supporting Cast, The, Inc.

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#10 East 40th Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 532-8888

(212) 725-6128

Total time with agency:
May 1997

Wait for first assignment:
3 Hours

Average wait between assignments:

Last five jobs:
Job Title Length Client Hourly Wage Typical of agency?
Graphics/DTP 3 Months a computer consulting firm 20
Secretary/WP 1 Months a management consulting firm 17 Y

Tests given:
Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point

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

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

I got the number out of the New York Times and went in to register and take the tests during the morning. When I got home, I had a message to contact my counselor and had a job, that was fast.

My first job was at Tower-Perrin, a world-wide management counsulting firm. It was a very nice company, but the woman I worked for was nice at first, but then started to show her true colors and was a total bit--! However, they started me out at $17 per hour which was very nice.

That job only lasted 1-month, I was actually let go (but it wasn't entirely my fault) The person I worked for started complaining that I wasn't thinking like she was and put me in a lose-lose situation and stressed me out and I started making costly mistakes because of loud complaining.

Amazingly, after I told my counselor, she called me back three days latter and sent me on an interview for a long term job (planned for 2 years) with another company and I've been there ever since.

However, my boss is as un-professional and demanding as on my first temp job, and is driving me crazy, so this will be my last month at this job. I do admin/assistant and graphics. The agency first offered me $18 but after I interviewed with the company, I told them that I want $20 (because it was a demanding job). My counselor made no hesitation and agreed to my offer.

The Supporting Cast has no benefits, but they seem to pay a little more than other's. I spoke with the other temps (who were from Career Blazers) and they were only making $16.92. I had to explain that I was doing some major graphics in MS Access (a database program) and Power Point.



Fri Aug 15 18:11:56 EST 1997

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