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Review of Choice Personnel

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, NY

Total time with agency:
3 years

Wait for first assignment:

Average wait between assignments:

Last five jobs:
Job Title Length Client Hourly Wage Typical of agency?
Secretary/WP 6 Weeks Ogilvy & Mather 19 Y
Secretary/WP 3 Weeks CoreTech Consultants 20 Y

Tests given:
Word, Excel, Powerpoint

Payroll policies:
On-site time sheet pickup: Y
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 had a wonderful experience initially working for Choice. They sent me for a six week assignment at Ogilvy and Mather which I absolutely loved. After that there wasn't any work for awhile so I temped for Sloan and then they got an interview for me at Core Tech Consultants. I interviewed and got the job as sort of an office manager coordinator for a group of Computer Software Engineers who worked for a consulting firm onsite at the client offices. I had to take care of their housing (often involving checking out suite hotels and menus) and whatever administrative needs they might have. The boss made me limit their budgets (they got 200. a day for spending/expenses). If they went over the budget I had to curtail them. We all worked together in a conference room at the client office. The boss made me become this watch dog. One Friday, after I had gone to lunch, the consultants moved all of my things to a cubicle they had arranged for weeks before with the client (without my knowledge). When I came back I found out I had been moved. I was very upset. I called the agency and told them the situation. They told me to stick it out. I told them that a rift had grown between me and the people I was working for and that I didnt' appreciate having my personal belongings moved without being consulted. Why hadn't they told me I was being moved? They had memos go around. But I was treated like garbage. The people at Choice called me a "prima donna." I was very upset. I lined up work with another agency and called Choice and told them it would be my last day. It was a Thursday. They told me that I had to go in on Friday. I told them that I wasn't. That I quit. They never accepted it. Despite the great work I had done at Ogilvy, I quickly learned that in the temp world, you are only as good as your last assignment. In summation, they don't give a damn about don't expect anything more than a paycheck. They will gladly sacrifice you for any client. Not particularly the type of agency I like to work with. They don't have to care, but it would be nice if they pretended to.

Richard Smiraldi


Wed Aug 10 14:27:25 EST 2005

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