These are the experiences of temp workers who live inside San Diego (my experiences are with North County (Oceanside, Carlsbad, San Marcos, and Vista agencies). Unfortunately, their experiences were not better than mine. Email me if you want yours added here.
- Abcow Agency - very rude receptionist answers phone -
- Remedy (Downtown Branch) -I'd like to ad my experience with Remedy's
downtown office. Remedy in general should be avoided. Their pay rates are very
low despite your job experience or skills. During my last assignment with them
I told one of the manager's I had to leave my position because I was being
overloaded with work. More work than I was supposed to do. (Remedy states in
their handbook to let them know if work is being assigned different to what was
agreed upon). I had to keep contacting Remedy over and over again and they kept
claiming they couldn't contact the company's HR department to let them know I
was leaving. Pretty soon three weeks had passed and they claimed they couldn't
contact anyone. This was a big company, San Diego Trolley! So finally I got fed
up and left. The job or the agency wasn't worth it.
I went to Banktemps in hopes of finding some interimemployment before I started my new job in 3 months. I thought of this agency as I had use them many times over theyears for temp-to-perm people I needed over the past 5 years. I was looking for a lower level positionsuch as an underwriter, or some such position. My qualifications are beyond the normal applicant for such a position. I have over 15 years experience in the banking and mortgage industry. My last position was CEO of a large mortgage banking operation, previously I was an SVP, VP, Division manager, and a branch manager. I have a BS and an MBA in economics. I have been an underwriter, and have managed underwriters, and have managed underwriter's bosses's bosses's. I was a member of a Mortgage Banking Policy Committee whose job was to establish underwriting guidelines, and was a senior member of the policy committee for the second largest bank in the country. in other words, I'm qualified. This explanation leads to a rather bizarre ending. The ending is....I was told by Banktemps I was not qualified for such a position.
- Premium Staffing:I had mass-emailed my resume to most temp agencies in San Diego County and
about 3 weeks later, I got a call from Premium Staffing Solutions' recruiter
named Ginny (I think she's the only one) in Poway. She said there was a data
entry job in my area (La Mesa) and asked if I would be interested. I was
pretty close to being desperate for work, and I asked what the pay would be.
She said $8-9/hr. Well, this is on the low side, but I agreed anyway. She
asked me to come to her office to fill out paperwork. Her place is in Poway,
so I made the special trip from Santee (where I live) just to do this. I got
there about 3 that same afternoon. Her office is one of many in an office
building, and this woman in shorts came out to the lobby and said Ginny was
gone and all closed up for the day. Well, I was surprised that she hadn't
given me a call to let me know because she knew I was coming up there that
afternoon. Anyway, this same lady in shorts found the Premium Staffing
application form, etc. for people to fill out, which I thought was lucky for
me since I had driven all that way. I spent a half hour filling all this
out, then handed it back. The next day, I called to try to talk with this
Ginny, but no such luck. She didn't return any of my calls, and she also
wasn't there during normal hours sometimes when I called. I guess the job
didn't work out, but she didn't care to let me know one way or the other. Do
not, I repeat, DO NOT give this agency, Premium Staffing Solutions, your time
and trouble! She treated me terribly and has probably done the same to
others. I had wasted a lot of my precious time driving up there, then she
wasn't even there, then I filled out the paperwork, and then she didn't even
acknowledge that. She was one of the worst!