55 Court St Ste 330, Boston, MA 02108
05/06/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Having come back home to Boston after grad-school with the job-market in the toilet - I decided to give temping a try. Thankfully, I found Contemporaries.\n\nThe first thing I tell people about this company is that once you are on the payroll, they make sure you have something to do. I've talked with friends of mine at other temp agencies who get hired and then sit around for months ""on-call"" with no assignment in sight.\n\nDonna, the owner, is very personable and will work hard to place you in a position that you are well suited for. I knew I wanted to find an assignment that was temp-to-perm and I'm happy to report that I recently got hired full-time at a great company thanks to Contemporaries.\n\nIf you are looking to get your foot in the door somewhere in Boston, or just need some extra cash, Contemporaries is a great place to start!
05/05/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I just moved into Boston after graduating from my University. They were able to place me right away into a temp-to-perm positon. Now after four months of working full 40 hour weeks, I have been offered the permanent position with a great salary and benefits! I couldn't be happier that I chose Contemporaries, they have really guided me into the business world and right after I graduated. They are very helpful and really take the time to figure out the perfect placement for you and their clients - job matchmakers! I don't know what I would have done without Contempories, fresh into the working world. If you're in a bind or just looking for something new, apply to them right now!
02/04/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I graduated from Smith College with the class 2010, and trust me I know it’s not easy to get a job. Especially, when you don’t have any years of job experience, or if you just don’t know what you want to do after college. \n\nI sent my resume to Contemporaries one afternoon, and received a call back immediately. The staff took the time to understand what my strengths and weaknesses were, assessed the skills I had to offer, and did an excellent job matching me to a job that I fit in both personally and professionally.\n\nMy experience as a temp has been amazing. It has given me the opportunity to learn more about myself than I could have ever imagined. My employer had the chance to get to know me and I also learned whether or not the job position will fit me in the long-run.\n\nI was blessed to have had made the decision to contact Contemporaries where everyone is friendly and dedicated. They helped me get my foot in the door, and I have been recently hired in a place where I feel very happy, and anticipate room for much growth. \n\n""The real world"" is hard, but you don't have to deal with it on your own. I highly recommend that you don’t wait until the last minute. Let Contemporaries help you find your dream job!\n\nJess*\n
12/28/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I returned to Boston from working in Europe. With my experience, they were able to find me work in days. In the midst of a recession I was working for Contemporaries 4 out of every 5 days. \n\nJan and Donna are wonderful and actually try to give you work that you are looking for and only give you the ""random"" assignments when that's all they have. \n\nAfter a few months, I was able to get a full time position at a place I was temping.\n\n
09/08/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I started working with Contemporaries about 5 months ago. They did find me a job quickly, and at first came off as the sweetest and most caring people in the world. I felt so lucky as to have found an agency that really seemed to care for my well-being. However, as time went on, they have become sort of rude. One of the women there have sort of rash with me on more than one occasion, making it seem like I'm making her look bad. They have sent me mixed messages, and I am beginning to grow frustrated with their services. They have said to me ""I can find someone else to fill that position in a minute"", as if I didn't appreciate the position. It would be nice if they could show a little more respect. I'm a hard worker, and a good one at that. All of my assignments have loved me, and have had no complaints, it just seems as if Contemporaries get's bored, and nit picks you for reasons to scold you.
12/21/2009Provided by Citysearch -
When I moved to Boston late last summer I wanted to temp for awhile to get the feel for the job market. I e-mailed Contemporaries Inc. and within a day received a reply and had an interview scheduled for the next week. When they had a cancellation for that week's interviews, Rory called me and had me come in on a Thursday. Friday morning Donna called me to offer an excellent position that I had actually been looking at on some job search sites. \n\nI started work the Monday after my interview and was recently offered my choice between two permanent positions. Working as a temp was absolutely the key to getting this job because my employers knew exactly what they were getting and I started my new position familiar with the people, environment, and processes, and without the first-day nerves!\n\nThe attentiveness of the Contemporaries Inc. staff blew me away. I went in thinking I would be just another number but after the first time I called them with a question I stopped explaining who I was because I never got past ""Hi, this is Cj..."" before they knew exactly who I was and answered my questions and gave me excellent advice and guidance. \n\nContemporaries Inc. helped make my transition to Boston a smooth one and I happily recommend them to anyone looking for work or looking for a new employee. \n
I have to believe most of these glowing reviews are written by their staff.
The receptionist I spoke to on the phone was not only extraordinarily condescending, but also quite rude. If she is the face that this company is presenting, then it's a wonder that Contemporaries Inc. is still in business.
Not only did she talk over me on several occasions and make erroneous assumptions regarding my background and the types of positions in which I'd be interested, but she made it sound like there were 100s of people ahead of me ""in line"" whose needs would need to be met before I could even come in to test or meet with a recruiter. I understand the economy is rough and people like me are a dime a dozen, but a 9% unemployment rate doesn't mean you throw common courtesy out the window.
Instead, I signed up with another company who has already found me temporary work while I continue my ongoing job hunt. I'm not arrogant enough to believe that Contemporaries would miss my business, but if their receptionist keeps up the attitude then maybe they will miss the businesses who - like me - simply decide to use a stronger, more people-friendly company.
I have to believe most of these glowing reviews are written by their staff. \n\nThe receptionist I spoke to on the phone was not only extraordinarily condescending, but also quite rude. If she is the face that this company is presenting, then it's a wonder that Contemporaries Inc. is still in business. \n\nNot only did she talk over me on several occasions and make erroneous assumptions regarding my background and the types of positions in which I'd be interested, but she made it sound like there were 100s of people ahead of me ""in line"" whose needs would need to be met before I could even come in to test or meet with a recruiter. I understand the economy is rough and people like me are a dime a dozen, but a 9% unemployment rate doesn't mean you throw common courtesy out the window.\n\nInstead, I signed up with another company who has already found me temporary work while I continue my ongoing job hunt. I'm not arrogant enough to believe that Contemporaries would miss my business, but if their receptionist keeps up the attitude then maybe they will miss the businesses who - like me - simply decide to use a stronger, more people-friendly company.
10/30/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I just recently moved back to the Boston area, and I am extremely fortunate to have found Contemporaries Inc. The contacted me as soon as I sent them my resume, and had me come in for an interview and testing. They asked intelligent questions, and listened carefully to my responses. They placed me in a temporary position within a few days. What I liked the most about my experience is that they found me an assignment in an environment that I had requested. Additionally, they have been very attentive by calling me and checking in. I highly recommend contacting Contemporaries, Inc. if you are looking for temp or temp to perm work.
10/06/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I was fortunate enough to find this agency when I moved back to Boston earlier this year, as a friend of mine recommended them. I had worked as a temp back in college in the Midwest but didn't know what to expect here in Boston. The staff at Contemporaries guided me through the process and I was able to get a good paying temp job through them pretty quickly. Working with them made my transition back to Boston so much easier-thanks!
10/05/2009Provided by Citysearch -
As a new client of Contemporaries, Inc., I was pleasantly surprised by our experience. Having worked with other agencies in the past, we were struck by Contemporaries, Inc. quick reaction time in identifying qualified, professional, temporary help. The temporary employee was punctual, well-educated and helped us successfully meet a time-sensitive project deadline. We will not hesitate to use their services again.
09/16/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I think the workers at Contemporaries are coming up with these positive reviews. If you want to feel belittled, disrespected, and still jobless, Contemporaries may be the place for you. What did you say? That you'll endure incompetence and being treated llke you're nobody for a job? Yeah, unfortunately so would I. But how about all that plus you DON""T get that $10/hr job from them. \nThey make it seem like the $10/hr job they offer is the holy grail. \nYou go to their interview, submit your resume, take a computerized test, and then call them twice a day, specifically at 8:30 am and 4pm, for a chance at one of their crappy jobs. From the questions she gave me, it was obvious the twenty-something year old worker there, Emily, hadn't even looked at my resume nor cared. When I asked if I could call in anytime or if it had to be specifically at 8:30 each morning, the girl said quite flippantly that I did specifically at 8:30 and that other people do it. So I call them at 8:30am, and they're like ""What? You're looking for a job?"" After I say ""yes, I am,"" they tell me right away without even checking who I am, that there are many people ahead of me looking for a job. No job offers, just more validation that they could care less with a condescending attitude. \nI am a polite, educated person and I refuse to be treated this way. It's bad enough being jobless, but to be treated like you're nothing? I'm going to look elsewhere for my job
08/14/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Contemporaries, Inc. is a good temp agency located in the heart of Boston. The management and staff are professional and friendly, and work hard to hustle up jobs for their workers, even during this challenging recession. Unlike some other local agencies, they are scrupulous about staying in touch with their workers, and keeping them working.
I moved to Boston in August and was lucky enough to find Boston Contemporaries. After working with other agencies, I can say that the personal touch at Contemporaries sets them apart from the competition. I would trust them over any agency. At a time when it was next to impossible to find a job, I appreciate that they took the time to fit me in a position that would allow me to further my career goals. Other agencies treated me like a ""product"" and only looked out for their own interests. I would recommend Boston Contemporaries above any other agency.
I have been a temp secretary for many years. Donna Fitzgerald and the staff at Contemporaries gave me the best temping experience I have ever had. They were always helpful, friendly, and ran everything smoothly and efficiently. Donna established a personal rapport wiith both her temps and her clients, and always made sure to match the right staffer with the right client. The clients I was assigned to for Contemporaries all had positive things to say about the company.\n\nI had to get a permanent job eventually, but if my circumstances had not changed, I would be happily working with Contemporaries still. I would recommend them very strongly.
01/06/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I moved to Boston in September desperate for a job. I had registered with several well-known agencies in the area hoping to hear back with any news of a job. Contemporaries was a pleasant surprise because not only did they place me on a job soon after my interview, they placed in an environment thats a perfect fit for my skills. After a few short months on the job, there is talk of me going permanent! I couldn't be more appreciative of the way the staff at Contemporaries responded to my needs.
12/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Contemporaries is nothing if not attentive. I sent an inquiring email on a Sunday night and received not just a phone call, but a job offer by Monday afternoon. Though that first offer didn't work out, Donna and her friendly, helpful staff kept in regular contact with me until they found me a decent-paying administrative position at a medical office that may go permanent. \n\n\nThe small size of Contemporaries is definitely an advantage--I've never felt lost in the shuffle or forgotten in the back of a filing cabinet. Whether it's for a missed payroll fax or a general check-in, they call me before I feel the need to check in with them. Another large temp agency I applied at kept me in the initial interview for three hours, then didn't contact me for weeks.\n\n\nMy only qualm is that Contemporaries doesn't offer a health insurance program for its workers, one of the disadvantages of a small company. Fortunately, its other attributes make up for this lack.\n\n\nI'd always put off applying at a temp agency because I was afraid I didn't have enough office experience to qualify for any jobs, but Donna set my mind at ease. I've already recommended Contemporaries to people I know looking for jobs, and I'd do so again in a second.\n\nUPDATE: I have since learned that Contemporaries does, in fact, offer insurance coverage. I apologize for the confusion.
12/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I moved here in July and needed a job. Contemporaries got me one very quickly after the initial interview (within a week). It was supposed to be a 12 week contract, but ended up going longer and eventually turned into a full-time permanent well-paid position after four months. I also was able to get two pay increases during my time as a temp. I've never done a temp agency before, but overall Contemporaries was a positive experience.