55 Court St Ste 330, Boston, MA 02108
02/15/2012Provided by Citysearch -
The team at Contemporaries, Inc. has been so great to work with. This firm is definitely who you want to contact if you are looking for temp work. Tuoyang has been my main point of contact, and he has worked very hard to find me positions. I was placed in my first position almost immediately after contacting contemporaries, and it was a great fit. After that ended, they placed me with a temp. to permanent position, which is exactly what I asked for. I am very grateful to Tuoyang and Donna and the contemporaries team!
Being from Boston, I thought finding a job in the city would be no problem. But, after coming back from college, I found the economy and job market a disaster. \nI had a really hard time finding a job on my own. I worked with many temp agencies who had tried to find me a position, but it wasn
11/20/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Unfortunately this company, which used to be the best of Boston, has been struggling to survive and treat prospective temp employees like pawns in their money game. Sadly they use people when they are hot and earn lots of $, and ignore those same people who held their back when they find a new crop of fools willing to work for less. Have worked with this operation over the years and the pay scale has plummeted from north of $20 to the flat $10 per hour range. Call in, they tell you to call every morning at 7am, or there will be nothing. Ask for a call back if you are on their ""hotlist"" and they do so. Not on their hotslist anymore - never, ever, a call back.\n\nSummary: They were the best of Boston, but not they are barely almost maybe a survivor in Boston. Don't believe the hype. Don't believe everything they tell you. Truth be told...
11/16/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I had worked with Contemporaries 12 1/2 years ago when I first got out of college and it was a very positive experience.\n\nWhe I got laid off on a Tuesday and didn't know where to turn first. I had actually been looking for a new job for several months so my resume was ready to go.\n\nI thought back to when I had gotten out of college and called Contemporaries. Not only did they remember me they had me come in the next day and I was on an assignment by Monday.\n\nSome of my friends who've been out a while were shocked that it was so quick, I just tell them to call Contemporaries and get back to work.
10/26/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I was hoping to move to Boston from out of state after finding a job, but after sending countless resumes without making personal contacts, I decided to move before finding a position. After moving, I was worried that I wasn't working, but determined to find a solution so I called a number of temp agencies. I felt I had a strong resume and was disappointed when multiple agencies did not return my phone calls. Then I called Contemporaries. They were able to meet with me the next day and had me working within a week or two. Although the first assignment wasn't a perfect match, Contemporaries was able to get me full-time long-term work, which relieved some financial stress. My second assignment ended up being that perfect match and led to a permanent job! I started with the basics of answering the phone and doing office work, but making connections proved to be the most important part of working with a temp agency. Contemporaries helped increase my time in the position, which allowed me to apply to jobs as openings were announced. I am fully qualified for my current position, however, my resume would have probably been overlooked had I not spent time in the organization. Thanks Contemporaries!
10/10/2011Provided by Citysearch -
As a recent college graduate, finding permanent employment was a challenge. I was consistently applying for various positions within the fields of education, health care, marketing, and publishing. Although I interviewed for many positions and received many call backs for a final interview, in the end I understood that although I am qualified for all of the jobs I am applying for, the job market is extremely competitive. \n\nWhile applying for many jobs on my own, I contacted various Boston area temp agencies. Contemporaries was the only agency that lived up to their advertised standards of quality customer service and communication. A day after emailing them my resume, they immediately informed me that they had received it, and would contact me as soon as there was an opening. I was called back the next day! I was excited they found a job that meet my qualifications and career interests. Ultimately, that job placement did not occur (for reasons outside of the agency) however the agency put me on their payroll for day to day assignments and I was soon given a temp to perm position, where I am currently in the process of being hired by that company permanently.\n\nI am extremely happy where I am now. The position is the perfect match for my skill set and professional/ job growth. I would recommend Contemporaries to everyone, especially since I learned about them through word of mouth.\n\nCustomer Service/ Communication, Timeliness, Job Matching, and Professional Guidance is excellent. Contemporaries Inc, is great at matching employees with an employer. They are different from other agencies because they have a keen sense for reading candidates and placing them in positions that match the employers requests. \n\nMy review is based on my experiences with the office staff members including Touyang, Janet and Donna.
09/28/2011Provided by Citysearch -
When I moved from Flint, MI to Boston I had a feeling that my new voyage into the city life might become overwhelming. However, I was wrong thanks to the help of Contemporaries. Prior to my arrival I sent my resume and within the week I received a call back. \n\nUpon my arrival I met with their office and discussed my experiences and skill sets. I was then forwarded to their case worker Tuoyang. Within the next week he placed me into a long term assignment. I am really grateful for their assistance and would recommend any of my peers in need of work to their agency.
09/26/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I met the team at their office and outlined my experience, and afterwards they said they had a client in mind with an open IT position requiring database and application skills that were a close match, but as they told me last week after I went permanent, they actually had plenty of other candidates with C# and SS2008 but they knew I was the best fit for the team I was joining, and I think they were right and I thank them for allowing me to have this opportunity.\n\n
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.