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Tom in West Sacramento, California

90 months ago

Who's been by far the worst agency you've ever signed up for? worst assignment you've had with an agency? etc

What are your horror stories?

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Margaret Fong in San Francisco, California

90 months ago

The worst agency would be Tss Personnel agency. This agency noticed my resume on Careerbuilder. However, my contact person from THIS AGENCY IS DUMB. He told me that working part time is better then nothing. I can't afford to work part time because the EDD told me to go find a full time job. I want to stop receiving the unemployment benefits but he is a dumb ass. How would I survive working part time? The worst assignment I had was through Spherion staffing. All I did was sort clothes, but I got constantly stared at by 2 other temps . Why? I am glad that assignment is over.

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CC in Tampa, Florida

90 months ago

Tom said: Who's been by far the worst agency you've ever signed up for? worst assignment you've had with an agency? etc
What are your horror stories?
Appleone!

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Margaret Fong in Belvedere Tiburon, California

90 months ago

CC said: Appleone!
I agree. They put you on the waiting list forever. I never heard of an agency who never had a filing assignment. That was all I was qualified to do before gaining some experience. They found me when the Federal Reserve Bank decided to switch agencies. Now that the client ended my contract,my contact person told me that she can't help me. What a bunch of phonies.

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Sharon in El Segundo, California

90 months ago

Margaret Fong said: The worst agency would be Tss Personnel agency. This agency noticed my resume on Careerbuilder. However, my contact person from THIS AGENCY IS DUMB. He told me that working part time is better then nothing. I can't afford to work part time because the EDD told me to go find a full time job. I want to stop receiving the unemployment benefits but he is a dumb ass. How would I survive working part time? The worst assignment I had was through Spherion staffing. All I did was sort clothes, but I got constantly stared at by 2 other temps . Why? I am glad that assignment is over.
I had a very bad experience with Spherion also. I first registered with them about 2 years ago, took all the tests, passed with flying colors, and then nothing! I contacted them frequently and then gave up. About a year later I decided to call again, only to be told I never did any testing with them or, maybe they lost the paperwork. Stupidly I took all the tests again. They then sent me on an interview for a temp receptionist job (I am actually a senior level executive assistant) and was told outright by the interviewer they had no idea why Spherion would send over someone so over qualified! Called the other day about a job on Monster and was told by "Kimberly" that the company would not see me because even though I had been working steadily, they would not interview "contract" people!!! Can you believe it??

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jks in Sharon, Massachusetts

89 months ago

MRI is the worst!!!!!

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Ellen Goodman in Leawood, Kansas

89 months ago

I can't put a finger on the worst one. They should alll be closed down. I cannot figure out what kind of people they are looking for. If you have looks, body, grace and are young, they MIGHT PLACE you. The jobs they post stay up for months. That's because they are made up jobs. I know that there are sone decent head hunters out there. But they are not Kelly, Stivers, Personnel Connection, Adecco, Weststaf, etc. They are the Morgan Hunters and other upper cut agencies who really want to place their applicants in high-paying upper management positions, not the little people like you and me who are not upper management, but are trying to make a living. Not that I've been to Morgan Hunter because I have not. I am just looking for a part-time administrative position. The employees at these agencies come and go like stray cats and dogs. They have no interest in most of the applicants that they get. They are only looking for commissions and if they can't get the commissions, they quit. Then you are left without an advocate. These stinking low class agencies should be forced to close down. Employers should advertise in the papers the way they used to and use their Human Resources Departments do the job of hiring the employees. I do not know what has become of this society, but I have NEVER IN MY LIFE had so much trouble finding work as I am having now. Don't bother with an agency, or do it with only an inkling of an idea that they might find you a job. Just don't bet on it!

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Mike in Lansing, MI

86 months ago

DO NOT SIGN-UP & give money up front to a "job service" !!! There is one in the Lansing, Michigan area (maybe more). They took over $200 dollars from me to register, and months went by without ONE interview ! I went to the great state of Michigan for help, and got the run-around. How many people desperate for work get taken by this scam ? They should burn in hell for taking money from people who can't spare it !!!This country will fall into anarchy if pols don't wake up, and hold business accountable for it's despicable treatment of employees, and applicants !

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Mike in Lansing, MI

86 months ago

Ellen Goodman in Leawood, Kansas said: I can't put a finger on the worst one. They should alll be closed down. I cannot figure out what kind of people they are looking for. If you have looks, body, grace and are young, they MIGHT PLACE you. The jobs they post stay up for months. That's because they are made up jobs. I know that there are sone decent head hunters out there. But they are not Kelly, Stivers, Personnel Connection, Adecco, Weststaf, etc. They are the Morgan Hunters and other upper cut agencies who really want to place their applicants in high-paying upper management positions, not the little people like you and me who are not upper management, but are trying to make a living. Not that I've been to Morgan Hunter because I have not. I am just looking for a part-time administrative position. The employees at these agencies come and go like stray cats and dogs. They have no interest in most of the applicants that they get. They are only looking for commissions and if they can't get the commissions, they quit. Then you are left without an advocate. These stinking low class agencies should be forced to close down. Employers should advertise in the papers the way they used to and use their Human Resources Departments do the job of hiring the employees. I do not know what has become of this society, but I have NEVER IN MY LIFE had so much trouble finding work as I am having now. Don't bother with an agency, or do it with only an inkling of an idea that they might find you a job. Just don't bet on it!

Reply: You're 100% right, if you don't have an "in" with someone today, your odds are slim of landing a "keeper" job. Business today is a bigger snakepit than EVER before.When the boomers finally pass on after 2010, they be crying about not enough workers ! If people sense they're no longer part of the "dream", lookout ! You're going to see social chaos that will make south-central LA look like a picnic !

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Lori Shin in Lafayette, Colorado

85 months ago

I had a very humilating go at Express Personnel, where the recruiter was rude to not only me, but her co-worker while I was sitting there. I don't think I had an attitude, I was polite when I asked her questions, and she just ignored what I said. I was waiting for a long time. The receptionist was really nice, though.

I can't even get my "recruiter" from AppleOne to call me, when I said to the person who answered the phone that my job status had changed. She called me once to say she was submitting my resume to a company, and I never heard anything from her. No follow up, can't even get her on the phone at all.

Wouldn't it be great if a human resources team treated people like humans and resources? What a concept!

I've had good luck with Kelly, but they don't keep their word on paying for holidays, even when you're eligible. Good luck to us all...

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Margaret in Upperco, Maryland

85 months ago

Ellen Goodman in Leawood, Kansas said: I can't put a finger on the worst one. They should alll be closed down. I cannot figure out what kind of people they are looking for. If you have looks, body, grace and are young, they MIGHT PLACE you. The jobs they post stay up for months. That's because they are made up jobs. I know that there are sone decent head hunters out there. But they are not Kelly, Stivers, Personnel Connection, Adecco, Weststaf, etc. They are the Morgan Hunters and other upper cut agencies who really want to place their applicants in high-paying upper management positions, not the little people like you and me who are not upper management, but are trying to make a living. Not that I've been to Morgan Hunter because I have not. I am just looking for a part-time administrative position. The employees at these agencies come and go like stray cats and dogs. They have no interest in most of the applicants that they get. They are only looking for commissions and if they can't get the commissions, they quit. Then you are left without an advocate. These stinking low class agencies should be forced to close down. Employers should advertise in the papers the way they used to and use their Human Resources Departments do the job of hiring the employees. I do not know what has become of this society, but I have NEVER IN MY LIFE had so much trouble finding work as I am having now. Don't bother with an agency, or do it with only an inkling of an idea that they might find you a job. Just don't bet on it!

Amen.I am a retired person looking for a parttime job or full time office job.I have had similar experiences with ADECCO and Bernard Personnel as well.They do change Managers and office personnel very frequently.In my former employment I had to utilize temp agencies for hires in various locations in the US and it was difficult to find temp agencies that maintained a consistent high level of service.

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Ellen Goodman in Leawood, Kansas

85 months ago

They are all a bunch of crap. They put ads on job board websites that they don't even have available. Adecco has had one on their board -- the same one -- for about 11 months. I don't really think they have positions at all, really. I do know this, though. If you are looking for something specific, and there is a placement agency dedicated to that specific industry, you have more of a chance finding a position using that agency than just a general agency. I am so fed up I can't see straight. All I want is a 20 hour a week clerical job. Where are all of them?

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Frustrated in Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri

85 months ago

Manpower is the worst of all. Twice in two years I've been to them and did my backflips for them. They didn't follow-up the first time or the second. When I called to find out what was going on, she berated me for calling her. I told her that I thought she was there to help me find employment and I thought that was her job. She once again berated me and got testy, stating that if I want a job that much I should apply to the next opening. I told her she had my paperwork, and she told me she didn't care. I believe it.

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Ellen Goodman in Leawood, Kansas

85 months ago

Okay, folks. If all of us have had such horrible experiences with these agencies, why are they still in business? What can we do as a group to get them out of business, or at least be honest and up front with those of us who come in their doors. It's about time to put a stop to their lies and deceitful come on advertising. I once called Indeed.com and told them about the ad that ran for close to a year. They didn't do anything about it. Wouldn't you say that was false advertising?

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Frustrated in Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri

85 months ago

indeed.com is only a search engine. It helps to ferret out the gloss so that your search is cleaner without all the commercialism. I actually found it at my local state employment office.

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Maggie in Berkeley, California

85 months ago

Margaret Fong in San Francisco, California said: The worst agency would be Tss Personnel agency. This agency noticed my resume on Careerbuilder. However, my contact person from THIS AGENCY IS DUMB. He told me that working part time is better then nothing. I can't afford to work part time because the EDD told me to go find a full time job. I want to stop receiving the unemployment benefits but he is a dumb ass. How would I survive working part time? The worst assignment I had was through Spherion staffing. All I did was sort clothes, but I got constantly stared at by 2 other temps . Why? I am glad that assignment is over.

I have found a number of permanent jobs over the years through them - I guess it depends on where or not you're actually qualified for a position

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Ellen Goodman in Overland Park, Kansas

85 months ago

Margaret Fong in San Francisco, California said: The worst agency would be Tss Personnel agency. This agency noticed my resume on Careerbuilder. However, my contact person from THIS AGENCY IS DUMB. He told me that working part time is better then nothing. I can't afford to work part time because the EDD told me to go find a full time job. I want to stop receiving the unemployment benefits but he is a dumb ass. How would I survive working part time? The worst assignment I had was through Spherion staffing. All I did was sort clothes, but I got constantly stared at by 2 other temps . Why? I am glad that assignment is over.

Margaret, sometimes working part time is better than nothing. But I understand where you are coming from. I, too, am in a position similar to yours. I am on sociall security disability. I CAN'T work full time. The government says I can only make $900 a month. Anything more than that will cause me to lose the disability check. It's not the hours I want, it's the amount of money these high and mighty lawmakers in government think I can live on. The price of living goes up way more than disability checks. Every day I see more and more unfairness in this world. I sometimes feel llike the wealthy keep beating up on the middle class to make sure we stay where we are. Finding a job, even a part-time job these days is nearly impossible, especially if your're over 50. I don't have an answer to your problem, or to mine, but it wears me out just trying to stay afloat. We're looking for a bankruptcy lawyer because it's a rare hiring manager who will hire someone who's nearly 60. It's no wonder I don't get calls from temp. agencies. Guess I'm too damn old. All you readers out there...watch out, age has a way of slipping up on you before you know it. Find a job, take it and stay with it or you will find yourself in a position like me someday, broke, scared, and about to just give up.

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Ellen Goodman in Overland Park, Kansas

85 months ago

Frustrated in Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri said: indeed.com is only a search engine. It helps to ferret out the gloss so that your search is cleaner without all the commercialism. I actually found it at my local state employment office.

Do you have any other suggestions? I have been on the state website and didn't find anything. I'm only looking for 20 hours a week, but I really NEED those hours. Since we are both in the same area, you in K.C. and me in Leawood, maybe we can be of help to each other. If you hear of anyone needing part-time help in Overland Park or surrounding Kansas cities, please let me know. I am a seasoned legal assistant/secretary, but want to get out of that field. If you will tell me what you're looking for, I can pass info I get along to you, as well.

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Temping at weststaff in Hayward, California

85 months ago

I did some temping at the office. It was too much. Resumes floor to ceiling, staff some are nice, others beyond evil. Made me review some of the resumes. If I were to answer phones I had to say: I just looked at your resume and sent it to the proper channels, they are one the phone right now and I will have them call you later. I was promised a full time job, but then got backstabbed and my job was given to someone else.

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Margaret Fong in San Francisco, California

85 months ago

Ellen Goodman in Overland Park, Kansas said: Margaret, sometimes working part time is better than nothing. But I understand where you are coming from. I, too, am in a position similar to yours. I am on sociall security disability. I CAN'T work full time. The government says I can only make $900 a month. Anything more than that will cause me to lose the disability check. It's not the hours I want, it's the amount of money these high and mighty lawmakers in government think I can live on. The price of living goes up way more than disability checks. Every day I see more and more unfairness in this world. I sometimes feel llike the wealthy keep beating up on the middle class to make sure we stay where we are. Finding a job, even a part-time job these days is nearly impossible, especially if your're over 50. I don't have an answer to your problem, or to mine, but it wears me out just trying to stay afloat. We're looking for a bankruptcy lawyer because it's a rare hiring manager who will hire someone who's nearly 60. It's no wonder I don't get calls from temp. agencies. Guess I'm too damn old. All you readers out there...watch out, age has a way of slipping up on you before you know it. Find a job, take it and stay with it or you will find yourself in a position like me someday, broke, scared, and about to just give up.

Part time at a temp agency is not worth it. Remember you get paid weekly. I would rather have a part time position being paid every 2 weeks which I now have permanently rather then working at a temp agency. I may never know when the client will not like my services and I will be yanked from the assignment.Before I found a permanent position, I never heard from this agency again.Everyone needs a full time position. So, I have to go back to school and earn my degree

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Cheryl K in Delaware in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

84 months ago

instead of temp agencies these contracting talent agencies should be called deception agencies. I've been deceived by two of them, sued one.

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sj

84 months ago

Tom in West Sacramento, California said: Who's been by far the worst agency you've ever signed up for? worst assignment you've had with an agency? etc

What are your horror stories?

Primary services is the worst.(Houston Texas) Ive gone to them twice and then a third time , never sent on an assignment. Applied to an ad they had posted get there oh that position doesnt exist.

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alex b.

84 months ago

I have noticed that temp services only care about filling positions,they rarely have any loyalty to any particular temp.Althogh some temp agencies do keep you working,timing plays a big part with these agencies as well,because i have signed up with some agencies and went straight to work the same day or the very next day,thats because my timing was perfect,other times i have signed up with agencies who claimed they had plenty of work,but of course i was never sent on an assignments despite my pretty impressive resume,long story short,temp services will blow smoke up your ass,and think nothing of it.You have to get in where you fit in,when dealing with temp agencies,good luck.

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LF in Portland, Oregon

80 months ago

Something to remember about all employment agencies is that they are "in the information gathering business". They make their money off of how many positions they have open with how many different clients. When you sit down at any temp agency, while they are asking you questions about yourself, what you are looking for with work and what you hope to find in the job market, they are also pumping you for information about potential new clients for themself, both in your friends or family who may be looking for work, or holding key positions in companies they are trying to get into and possible places you have interviewed, where you have worked in the past and so on. They are trained to ask particular questions that will give them more leads. More people to meet, more clients to call, more possibilities all around. Say they are trying to get into a company like Nike and you used to work at Nike. They don't know the name of the person they should be asking for, but to get the name out of you, they'll say something like "Oh, did you work with Jack?" They have no clue who Jack is or if there is a Jack. You, just trying to be helpful and attempting to secure the best position for yourself, want to answer all the questions as best as you can. "No, I worked with Karen James." And boom - now they have the name of the person they want to call up at Nike to get in. Its very sneaky and well thought out.

They have quotas they have to fill - number of people they interview in a day, a week, a month. Number of client leads they follow up on, the number of new positions they get. They are running on a Minimum standards policy and if they want to keep their jobs, they have to reach those standards. Sometimes, they bring people in that they have no plans to ever place, but they have good leads. Sadly, they do often give false hope.

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Susie Smith in Kansas City, Missouri

76 months ago

By far the worst staffing employer is American Consultants, they claim to have positions and make you drive all the way to their offices and fill out paperwork, then never have an assignment that pays what you were asking for. The person that signs you up is not even an employee the next time you call in. I have been through 9 different contacts in the past 9 months! The last time I called in the person that answered the phone said there was only 3 people working in the entire place! Not reputable for people like me looking for work and obviously not a good employer either!

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Sam

43 months ago

Sharon in El Segundo, California said: Called the other day about a job on Monster and was told by "Kimberly" that the company would not see me because even though I had been working steadily, they would not interview "contract" people!!! Can you believe it??

Yes, I can believe it, because I went through the same thing. Somehow, employers think that those who "temp" are flaky and don't want to do any "real work." I worked like a dog for clients, and was treated like one by both clients and agencies. Best bet? Start your own business. I've had mine for ten years now, and I don't use ANY agencies! What goes around comes around.

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Sam

43 months ago

Tom in West Sacramento, California said: Who's been by far the worst agency you've ever signed up for? worst assignment you've had with an agency? etc

What are your horror stories?

All I can say is "most of them." The only one that treated me like a human being was Volt, but I think they are out of business now.

I feel for you, I used to live in Sacramento, and the majority of "agencies," both temp and permanent, were useless. Donna Barnes is evil in human form, how do she and the others live with themselves?

My first class in grad school (I'm an MBA now), was in human resources. I had to read about what the top companies did for their employees. Well, I remembered all the abuse I went through in cowtown Sacto, and I just sat there and cried. When we had to do a short paper on what we had just read, I really vented my spleen! Most of my classmates (I went to an online school, toughest school I'd ever been to, BTW), lived in western PA and invited me to live there!

Well, I have my own small business, and am doing all right. And no, I don't hire temps, or go through agencies. What goes around, comes around.

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PB in White Plains, New York

17 months ago

All I can say is "most of them." The only one that treated me like a human being was Volt, but I think they are out of business now.

I feel for you, I used to live in Sacramento, and the majority of "agencies," both temp and permanent, were useless. Donna Barnes is evil in human form, how do she and the others live with themselves?

My first class in grad school (I'm an MBA now), was in human resources . I had to read about what the top companies did for their employees. Well, I remembered all the abuse I went through in cowtown Sacto, and I just sat there and cried. When we had to do a short paper on what we had just read, I really vented my spleen! Most of my classmates (I went to an online school, toughest school I'd ever been to, BTW), lived in western PA and invited me to live there!

Well, I have my own small business, and am doing all right. And no, I don't hire temps, or go through agencies. What goes around, comes around.

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PB in White Plains, New York

17 months ago

sorry for the last post something screwed up but here is mine:

Well its not to horror but something to think about: I got a contact from a recruiter and got an interview and thought I did fine and they thought so also. Then I find out the company said a big F U to the recruiting company and hired internally. So the recruting company got their $$$ for doing their job and the client had a backup plan all along. The recruiter told me "well, its the nature of the beast" thanks for more adivce along my journey to find a job.(Sarcasim alert)

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None of Your Bidness in New York, New York

17 months ago

Solomon Page Group suckssssss. check them out on yelp

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Tory in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

17 months ago

Horrible agencies I have recently harangued on Yelp (in no particular order of importance): ACCU Staffing in Philadephia; Monarch Staffing, Springfield, PA; People Share, King of Prussia, PA; and Pyramid Staffing, Media, PA. Monarch by far screwed me over the worst. I used to work for them several years ago before I went back to school to get my BA. As soon as my studies were completed last year, I approached them and told them I'd like to work for them again. So far, nothing from them. I worked steadily for them for a year, so I know I was a good employee. All I want is a way to earn money before I begin grad school. Temp agencies are a scam and should be run out of town. They prey on the desperate.

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Tory in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

17 months ago

Another firm to avoid is the Porter Group in Princeton, NJ. Not a temp agency but a recruiter, and if you ask me, every bit as evil. The condescending rep I dealt with at PG did nothing to help me with my job search and had no respect for my talents and skills. I got so aggravated that I told her off. Stay away!

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