USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51 Posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1598 times:
So, in an attempt to find myself some form of summer employment, I headed on over to the nearest temp agency and got hired there as a temp today, although they havent yet found me a place to work...anyone else have temp experience?
Also, is it right to go to a different temp agency tomorrow and try to get hired by them too, or will that cause some kind of major crisis?
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Mdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4145 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1590 times:
I haven't worked as a temp but my cousin did temp work for Fidelity National (the finance company). They liked her work enough to hire her as a permanent employee, and she's had the job for about 2 years now. So no more temp work for her!
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KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1588 times:
I worked as a Temp for about 5 months before I went into the Air Force. Also, before i got "hired" at my current job, you have to start out working for a Temp agency. I did a year of that before becoming direct.
Ctbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1574 times:
Before I entered the Jesuits I temped for about nine months, first working for Paccar (the parent company of Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks), and then 6 weeks for Microsoft. It wasn't a bad experience. The upside is you get paid weekly, pay is a bit more than what you'd make working for the company itself, you have flexibility if you want to take some time off between contracts if you want, and long-term contracts are definately a possibility if they like you. Oh, and it's a way of getting your foot in the door of a company and impress them so they'll hire you.
Microsft treats their temps very well. I was paid very well, got a free bus pass, free soda and coffee while on the job, and they will pick up a taxi fare if I had to work late. You are, however, made to feel like something of a second-class citizen (Microserfs, the joke goes...)
The downside is no benefits (though some of the more enlightened agencies will provide discounted health insurance), no sickleave (no work no pay), and you can be terminated from the contract at any time and for any reason.
Most people sign on with several agencies. Whoever comes up with something first is the one you take. Just tell the others you're already on a contract.
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Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1560 times:
I worked through a temp agency for about 8 months a few years back. I go in one Friday and get told that the company had been taken off of the assignment (I was the only guy from the agency still there, as the client was for a time using two different agencies and decided to stick with the other agency.). That's the thing about working through a temp agency, the job could disappear in an instant.
AirScoot From United States of America, joined May 2005, 688 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1558 times:
Quoting USAFHummer (Thread starter): Also, is it right to go to a different temp agency tomorrow and try to get hired by them too, or will that cause some kind of major crisis?
YES!!! (to the first part) Just because you're on their rolls doesn't mean that you can't get something else.
I've done the temp bit between jobs.. and if you sit back and wait for one of them to get back to you you'll go broke. I'd suggest signing up for at least 3 of them. They don't hold it against you if you tell them you have something else going on.. and it ups the chance you'll actually get something.
Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1530 times:
I worked as a temp in London for about 5 months. My kinda thing was general office filing / data entry etc. and the places kept changing every now and then which was cool. Good placements were for me:
Some company which I have no idea what they did but their offices were beautiful - moving boxes for like 3 days.
Royal Society of Dentists - data entry for like a week
V.big windowless depressing I think it was an investment bank - moving human resource files for like a week
Royal Society of Vetinarians - Data entry / Converting lots of word files into Adobe pdf for web download for like 2 weeks
Headquaters for the Conservative Party - Data entry of all the private donations given to the party and then sending tons of letters to bug people for more cash
Finally quit though when I had to work for some 'PR' company and they tried to get me phoning/harassing busy important businessmen/women all day to try and get them to go to some 'great party' (they were basically trying to 'promote' some handheld palm thing in the most annoying way imagineable). I had to leave around 3 on the first day saying I was ill (I really had become ill doing it) and that was kind of the end of temping for me (but I was leaving the city anyway).
I guess temping is really varied depending on where you do it & what kind of stuff you like / can do. Personally I liked it in general, especially as a kinda 6-month thing.
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1525 times:
Well...my first assignment just rolled in today...day and a half of working in some plastic tubing factory/warehouse nearby...downside is I have to report there at like 6:45 AM, which means I have got to get up at like 5:15-5:30 tomorrow morning...ouch!
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EmiratesA345 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 2123 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1529 times:
I currently work as a temp for the neighbouring city. My term here began in May and will end in October. I make approximately 3 dollars per hour less than a permanent full-time employee and don't get any sick days or benefits. However, if I get hired back on next season, I will be eligible to collect benefits.
Wayfarer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1503 times:
No, me as a temp, never. I've worked with temps at my workplace. Usually, when we need a temp, we call temp agency and give them our specific needs (job classification, pay rate, computer skills, etc). They usually find good temps for us.
One thing I like about temp agency: temps don't work at one place for a long period of time. they have new job tasks every other job.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13765 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1489 times:
I worked as a temp after during the summer months while in college and when I got out of college. I worked in warehouses (one was a bamboo/rattan importer/distributor), factories (making paper plates, packaging perfume into bottles), loading and unloading trucks. I started in my field of work (Legal Assistant) with 2 short term assignments for a total of 2 months at 2 differenet law firms, then for a 3rd firm for what turned from a 1-6 months need to lasting one year and offered a regular full time position, which has lasted 25+ years.
Many companies have seasonal or other fluctating needs or just dont want to hire permenant people as have to offer benefits, job rights. Some important instructions to anybody doing temp work: do the job right, be on time, don't leave early unless told to do so, get time slips in on time and slips are properly processed and most importantly - do the job as assigned. Do not screw around, abuse access to the internet, don't waste time on the job. It is the fastest way to get bounced, and having seen how some temps work, some companies like mine rarely use temps.