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Old 05-20-2008, 11:00 PM
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Do you trust temp to perm jobs from a temp agency. Have you ever been lied to

I started a temp to perm job, but agency promised that after 720 hours I am guaranteed I will be hired perm at a stated salary from the counselor who was talking like a car salesman , vague on benefits, how many people hired and reason company need temps.

When I interviewed with the company I had ask these questions and they said that me another person from same temp agency were hired to specifically fill in for a person going on maternity leave and another person going on medical leave, both expected back but there is a long term need for more professional people to do the work, but that will be decided later after they come back.

SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN. Who do I beleive,is there a permanent job available.
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Old 05-21-2008, 04:19 PM
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I wouldn't believe the temp agency. They sometimes don't get it right. All the jobs I have had I have gotten through a temp agency. I do office work and find it very hard to apply to jobs in my area without using an agency. The majority go through an agency unfortunately. I have been hired on to a couple of places that didn't have the need at the time I started, but later decided they wanted to hire me. One took up to a year. It actually took the head of the company to get me hired on that one. He wasn't happy to find out that I hadn't been hired yet. I was starting to look around at other places. I had a great reputation at that place and they were scared to lose me. Being a temp I was also making at least $3 hr less than the other person there and did better work.

The bad thing about temping is there are no benefits and I never made enough to be able to purchase health insurance for myself. So temping for years at a time isn't a great way to go unless you have someone elses insurance you can go on.

I finally gave up and went back to school. I was tired of doing office work and not getting anywhere.
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Old 05-21-2008, 06:11 PM
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I had one other temp job, in another state, about 13 years ago. I was working temp and had no clue it would lead to full time after the 3 months. By the time they said, "We like your work and want you," my husband and I had already made the decision to return to our home state. Maybe if I had known at the offset, I might have stayed there?

This job I have now is a maternity replacement but they have 'hinted' they will take me on at an 'anticipated opening' later in the year. I believe that...maybe...but I have not stopped looking because I know the pay will be terrible if they do take me on. And, we are planning to move to the next town where things are a bit more affordable so I don't know if I *want* to make the trek here in the winter anyhow.
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Old 05-22-2008, 07:11 AM
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All these questions should be straightened out through the temp agency. You are working for them. Get on their case to have them give you the straight answers. Although it could be that the company is not sure what is going to happen. Oftentimes, for mostly budget reasons, companies change their tunes mid-stream.
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Old 05-25-2008, 03:48 PM
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I no longer trust temp agencies. I worked on & off with them for over 10 years and have heard & experienced alot,including having the rug pulled out from under me on supposed 'temp to hire' positions.
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:59 AM
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I think that temp agencies supply temporary jobs. They may say there's a possibility for X, but you really don't know nor do they in many cases. In my experience, it's best to apply directly to the company. The middle man can sometimes create a rift that makes it harder.
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Old 08-27-2008, 09:39 PM
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My one temp assignment led to employment. I was told it was a temp to hire position and they came through with dollars. It took a lot of back in forth communication to get the dollars I wanted. The MD who I worked for wanted me and they had to give up part of their commission. They don't always tell the truth. The company who hires you have to pay the agency a large fee. To hire me, it came with a cost of $30,000 and the company refused to pay more. I lasted at that company for over 12 years. It was a great firm--I moved out of state.
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