Advantages Steady work
Disadvantages poor customer service
A review written by Gorrit in 2001 suggests at the end that Crone Corkhill are not as good as they once were. I'm afraid to say that I think this is the case.I arrived in London in April last year and sent out my resume to lots of different agencies, applied for jobs on line anything to get a start in work. The first agency to respond to me was Crone Corkhill, the Hammersmith Office.
So I went along and signed up and met my agent to be, Clair, who was lovely and pointed me in the direction of a few other things I would need to set myself up with in London, such as she wrote me a letter so I could get a bank account.I did all the standard tests, you can choose which software applications you wish to test for, for example if you have no idea what to do with access, or no interest in using they don't waste your time testing you on it - unless you want to.
I know they also checked out my references as they told me they had been contacted.The offices in Hammersmith are in a new building so quite nicely laid out, but a small office with only two recruiters on the secretarial side. By the way I can't comment on any other recruiting that Crone Corkhill do as it is only Secretarial work that I do.
I am on a two year visa so Claire suggested to me that temping would be the way for me, as it is easier to get work. The next day I was called up and asked to go and work and for the next month or so I did steady work for this office. By this time I had found my apartment and headed for North London so Claire, always willing to help out and answer my questions, pointed me in the direction of the West End Office. Unfortunately shortly after this Clair left to go and work elsewhere.This is where I hit problems. Although they found me a lot of work and kept me almost steadily employed for the next year, if I rang them looking for help the agent assigned to me would not answer my calls. Always busy, in a meeting, on the other line.. hmm. But if she was trying to contact me about a role she wished to fill she was amazingly there when I called back. You ring into the main reception and they will put you through to the agents room, where you will only get the agent you are after by luck, they seem to have a system of anyone answers the phone. They open early (I have gotten through at 7.30 before)and stay open late also.
On one occasion a company asked for me to return to work further for them, and as the rate had been a little low I asked for a small increase. My agent said she would contact the company and see if they still wanted me and she would call me back. This was early in the week and the job was to start the next Monday. Two days later I called her back and she wasn't available. So I called again, she was on the phone, I left messages and then in a final attempt on Friday afternoon I called back to be told in snipey tones by the agent who answered the phone "If I had got the position my agent would have called me". On Monday morning the company I was to work for called me, why wasn't I there?
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