55 Court St Ste 330, Boston, MA 02108
11/25/2008Provided by Citysearch -
During these difficult economic times it is refreshing to be a member of Contemporaries' temporary workforce. This is one agency that has a team of employment counselors that have vast years of experience. They are realistic and honest with their employees. It has been my pleasure to be one of their contract employees for almost a year. Contemporaries has consistently found assignments for me when other well-known agencies that I have worked for have not. \n\nEven when Contemporaries has not had a position for me, the staff has consistently kept in contact and even suggested that I register with other agencies. After following a staff member's advice and registering with one of the largest agencies in Boston, I decided that I preferred the personal approach at Contemporaries. At the large agency I registered with, I became disillusioned and felt like one of hundreds of bodies applying for that one available position. In fact, the large agency told me that I could not possibly get the higher hourly rates that I was used to getting at Contemporaries. When times are tough, temporary employees do not mind having to make some concessions on their hourly rates when they are kept busy, but when they are only offered $10/hour jobs that pay $15/hour or better at Contemporaries, you know you are being taken advantage of.\n\nContemporaries is one agency that is extremely loyal to its workforce. The staff will get you the best rates that they can. Unlike other well-known Boston agencies, Contemporaries IS NOT posting non-existent jobs on Craigslist to recruit new temporary workers. Contemporaries consistently and repeatedly uses its established temporary workforce. The staff will not forget about you after you complete your first assignment and then move onto the next warm body. This is an agency that will keep you busy if you want to work. \n\nContemporaries has integrity; the staff has a personal approach. Hands down it is the best temporary employment agency.
09/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Four days after a whirlwind move back to the Boston area from the South, I found myself in need of a job. I wanted a job that would ?make ends meet? in the financial arena, but also a job where I could use my current abilities while investing my work time in advancing my skill set. After ?relearning? how public transportation works (on a Friday morning, no less), I walked into Contemporaries, Inc. where I was greeted calmly and professionally. After interviewing with one of the staff, I felt at ease that this was the agency that would find a placement that I would enjoy. The staff looked at my particular skill set and placed me at a major university the following Monday. All told, on my sixth full day in the Boston area, I was working a full-time job! And just weeks from that nerve-wracking, public transportation scouting, semi-bleak Friday, the university is offering me a permanent placement! If you are looking to work with an agency to quickly find a well-suited placement, I would highly recommend taking the trip to Boston Contemporaries. If you?re looking to hire a temp, look no further. Boston Contemporaries is committed to placing the right person in the vacancy you have! And really, what could be better than letting someone else do all the hard work?!?!
06/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Moving from Dallas to Boston was an adventure. Finding a job in Boston was a nightmare. I spent countless hours online sending out my resume, never knowing if I'd even get a response, running around to interviews with rude, impersonal staffing agencies that had me fill out endless paperwork and then say ""we'll be in contact soon"". What a waste of time! The second I walked into Contemporaries Inc., I was greeted warmly, sat down, offered something to drink, and then had a great discussion with the #1 Recruiter in Boston regarding what I was looking for, not what they were looking for. Within days, not weeks, DAYS, Donna found a great match for both the company and I right in the Financial District! All party's involved couldn't be happier, and should I ever need assistance finding a job in Boston again, I'm not wasting my time, I'm going strait to Boston Contemporaries Inc.
When I came into Contemporaries, I told them that I just need to keep working until I started Graduate School in the fall. I?ve been with them for five months now and they?ve done just that. When my assignment at a local university was up they seamlessly got me another gig at very reputable real estate company downtown. I?ve got no complaints, the pay is good and I?ve even gotten to pad my resume.\n\nI?ve never used another agency, but I can say that the managers at both of my assignments have said that they are never using another company because ?Contemporaries has the best temps.? Working mainly with interesting recent graduates, I see what they mean.\n
I went into Contemporaries two days ago and was extremely impressed by their professionalism and ability to place me quickly at a fitting position. When I walked through the door, I was immediately greeted by their administrative assistant who brought me in to meet with recruiters. They asked me what type of job I was looking for, when I would be available and how many hours, and my experience and skills. Promptly after receiving my resume and meeting with the recruiters, I was given a great job assignment. I start work tomorrow! None of the other four agencies I went to were able to get me an immediate placement. Although they might have appeared capable, being that they were bigger agencies, this smaller professional agency was the one able to give me the right opportunity.
Thank you Contemporaries for helping me to advance my transitioning career. I found this company to be extremely helpful in my quest for a perfect fit position. The gentleman I spoke with was nothing less than professional while the rest of the staff made sure that I would be both confident and comfortable before making a placement. \nSearching for a job, any job, is tough. It is nice to know that this company cares about their employees and that they are willing to go the extra distance to make the best match, rather than just fill jobs with unhappy workers.
05/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
As a recent client of Contemporaries Inc., I highly recommend them to any professional seeking either permanent or temporary employment. My first impressions were immediately positive. I was tested and interviewed by professionals who took the time to learn about me and my skills. Within days I was given an assignment with a terrific company in Cambridge. Throughout my placement, the staff kept in touch with me and the hiring manager to see that the placement was going well. Contemporaries, Inc. is a first rate placement firm run by experienced professionals who are highly skilled in ""matching"" the right person with the right employer. If you are looking for professional service, call Contemporaries, Inc. first!
05/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This agency was so disappointing due to the time I took to go there. It was a very dead office and a woman by herself by the name of Donna. She twice told me how the office is busy in the morning and afternoon which I found odd when I was there. Phone never rang and nor were there other people working in the office. Other agencies are far busier with activity. She said to me she would have me right out on an assignment which I have yet to go out on one. I believe this agency is not representative of what she wants you to believe so it was disappointing. It did not seem like a professional environment either and rather outdated. If you want immediate work I am not sure this would be the agency for you as there are nicer ones which you feel are really working for you.
As a small firm that does big projects, our firm needs to have the best possible employees. Contemporaries has always sent us top individuals for temporary staffing and has had superb follow-up. Each person that was sent was bright, energetic and fully capable of doing the tasks needed. I would highly recommend Contemporaries to any company or institution in need of temporary assistance.
I have have a mid-sized Consulting business in the downtown Boston area, and have worked with a couple of the temp. agencies in the city past to supplement administrative help. However, I have not been pleased with the agencies I have worked with, as their temps. have been extremely missing the mark. Either, they did not understand the type of person I needed, or they themselves were too immature to really understand how I needed someone quick and sharp. So, I did my research to find Contemporaries, Inc. I recently called in for a temporary, and was right away impressed with the woman who I spoke with through the phone. I needed a temp. ASAP and the agency immediately provided me with a highly bright individual who was at my office first thing the following day. I also felt the agency was very fair with their pricing for such short-notice. I no doubt will work with Contemporaries forward, as they seem savvy and seasoned to understand the type of people I need for my business, especially on short-notice at times. So, without a doubt I would highly recommend them as an agency of choice. Really nice group to work with for sure!\n\n
04/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Two experienced, friendly and efficient women run Boston Contemporaries from a small office in a convenient downtown location. Thoughtful and cautious, the duo takes the time to find the right person for the right job. Contemporaries, Inc. scheduled me for an interview the same day I emailed them my resume, and I had a job lined up a day or two after that. Even during a few weeks when for various reasons there wasn't much temp work to be done, Donna kept in touch with updates and found me enough jobs to keep me busy. In short order I landed at a major Boston university in a job that drew on my skills and interests. This evolved into a temp-to-perm situation that I have been very happy with.\n\nSome other notes: Contemporaries was very responsive and understanding on the one occasion when I was dissatisfied with a job, as well as the one time I turned down a job (for health reasons). I was also pleased to have many types of jobs in many different sectors of the business world, and I have learned a lot about office procedures, etc., in a short period of time.\n\nContemporaries surprised me (in a good way) with their personal, personable style of business interaction. I highly recommend them as a temp agency if you are serious about doing real work in the real business world.\n\nShould I ever again find myself in the situation of looking for temp work in Boston, I would return to work with Donna et al in a heart beat. In fact, now that I am settled in a permanent job, I will kind of miss them!
Two self-righteous, condescending and prideful middle-aged women run Boston Contemporaries from a small office tucked away downtown. Patronizing and rude, the duo never misses an opportunity to remind you of how incredibly precious their time, effort and connections are. As a former reseach associate and soon-to-be adjunct professor, their posturing and condescension were eventually too much for me to bare. \n\nFrom the moment I stepped in the door to try and change my appointment time, I could tell something was wrong with Boston Contemporaries. The two middle-aged women working there, Donna and Cecilia, acted as if I had just asked them to kiss my feet. ""We are a professional establishment, you can't just come in here unannounced!"" they shrieked in indignation. I retreated to a bookstore and waited the 3 hours until my allotted appointment time. Upon returning, Cecilia immediately brought up ""the incident"" and told me I was bordering on unprofessional by attempting to change their schedule. She then spent another 5 minutes reciting her resume and her vast experience with Fortune 500 companies, implying that I was lucky to be graced by her presence. The next day, she found me a $12 an hour data entry job and made sure that I knew that ""despite Donna's lingering questions about your reliability, we've decided to go ahead and try to obtain this position for you."" She said it would possibly run for as long as 8 weeks, but since I had already stated I was only in town for 6, I figured she would put two and two together if they ended up needing me for that long. But alas, when she confirmed that the job was available and I confirmed I was leaving in 6 weeks not 8, she was furious. ""What is your deal!?"" she demanded as we argued about who was to blame. After a five minute back and forth, I was finally forced to hang up in frustration and I haven't called back since.\n\nI would never, ever work with either of these women again.
I went into their office for an appointment last Monday, and talked to them for a while about what I was looking for and then they called me back later that afternoon with a 6 month assignment for a good hourly rate of pay, more than I thought I could get. They were so efficient and really nice to me. I can't believe it was that simple. \nI started on Wednesday and like the new job. So I'm really glad I read these CitySearch reviews and made an appointment with Contemporaries. I had tried some other agencies which were okay but I definitely got lucky this time.
I came in two weeks ago to Contemporaries, Inc. looking for a job without high hopes because I had been unsuccessful with prevoius agencies from New York City, where I just moved from. I am a graduate student that needs to make money, but good money, on the side. The owner and president Donna, started the search right away. I was surprised that she delved right in to find me a job; her commitment to finding jobs is fantastic and evident. When I came in for an interview her ability to accurately and honestly assess my skills along with her range of clients and years of experience placed me with what seems to be the perfect fit. Cecilia called me my first day to check up on how I was doing, making sure it was a compatible fit. Contemporaries, Inc. knowdlege and dedication to its profession, along with Donna's experience and savvy, made this a perfect fit. I would highly recomend Contemporaries, Inc.
04/04/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I had tried to contact many other temporary agencies and they all left me, more or less, in a lurch. Contemporaries had a helpful staff that found me temporary work immediately. It has led to further opportunity and a foothold towards a possible career. \nOnce in the new position, those who had assisted me had took continual interest in my progress, oftentimes calling me to simply see how everything was working out. \nTheir staff is filled with lovely courteous people who will go the extra mile for a person who is serious about getting their foot in the door.
03/12/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I am a VP at a Boston Investment firm and have had two great placements in a row by Contemporaries, Inc. I was pleased at how fast and painless the process was. Workers were smart and learned very quickly. I plan on using them again as do others in my firm.
03/08/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I'm with an IT consulting firm and we recently got temps from Contemporaries. We were referred by one of our clients, and are extremely happy with the high quality of Contemporaries. Prior to this we worked with one of the well-known temp agencies downtown, and we were disappointed with the attendance, lack of quality and excuses. We were sorry we hadn't work with Contemporaries earlier. Thanks for the lack of headaches.
03/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went to Contemporaries website, and then immediately called them and was encouraged to come in for an interview as they just got a cancellation on an assignment. I went in to meet with the staff, and shared what industry I would ideally like to work, and was able to immediately secure an assignment. I was so impressed by the professionalism, thoroughness and how quickly they got me out on an assignment. I had previously dealt with a couple of other agencies, and did not even remotely get such a quick response, and right out to work. I am currently in an assignment, and without a doubt would recommend Contemporaries as a Staffing agency of choice!
I am the Senior Vice President at a Boston Real Estate Development firm. My assistant recently went on maternity leave and I needed reliable temporary help. I tried 6 different staffing firms but was disappointed with the level of service and quality of candidates they provided. A business associate recommended Boston Contemporaries and I have been extremely pleased with the result. The Contemporaries staff is very easy to work with and they found the perfect candidate on the first try. I would definitely recommend their services to any busy professional looking for a top quality staffing firm.
I took time to come take their tests, but I waited for about 20 minutes before they were ready for me. The tests were normal temp tests, and I have above average computer skills. They acted like it would be easy to find work, but I don't think they have the connections. \nI called often, and I was very flexible, but they made lots of excuses why they couldn't find temporary work for me. \n\nDon't waste your time. I wish I wouldn't have. I think the other reviews were written by their staff.\n