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Randstad US Photos
I worked at Randstad US full-time (Less than a year)
Partners with Google, participation in historic digitization project, option to continue temp employment in damaged economic climate at the close of the project
No health insurance, sweat-shop like standards, workplace climate of bullying and intimidation, disconnect between corporate aspirations of power-holding c-suite wannabes and the working conditions of the average plebeian, irregularly enforced policies of tolerance, high school factory floor politics, termination of position after two years no matter the quality of performance
Advice to Management
Do not ever, ever, ever, come up to an employee wearing a sweater and suggest that this individual has a "body odor" or that their sweater was purchased at Goodwill. Pay attention at Google as to why you are employing a person who is a floor supervisor who spends her job terrorizing scanning employees with a vituperative torrent of verbal abuse. Do not mislead employees with your training materials that give contradictory advice to employees as to basic, technical functions pertaining to their jobs. Babysit your team leaders because there have been incidents of sexual harassment before your team was awarded the Google contract. Moreover, team leaders should be open to answering questions. Do not put a profession in a scanning floor position, then adopt this attitude that a young supervisor without a college degree or relevant experience is fair, or unbiased. Anticipate the class differences in such a post that arise from life's differences. Moreover, it's not even technically legal to be the B.O. police on the floor at a job. You could tell someone that perfume is not in a dress code or not, but if you make up gossip about your new staff, then true professionals will quit. When I was accused of having B.O., humiliated by superfluous staff, treated like a mindless automaton vs. a former professor or library professional, etc., this became the first job that I walked out upon due to the extreme unprofessionalism. I do not recommend anyone participate in this program who appears to have a qualified background, because this deeply threatens the unqualified management. I suggest that Randstad fires management that attempts to establish an atmosphere that can be interpreted as "workplace harassment" because that's the grounds of a lawsuit. Also, the Randstad US temp agency is a scam. The take in potential employees, get tax credits from these victims, and then never provide these individuals with job opportunities. It is highly negligible that the Michigan Publishing project will get better management with unregulated Randstad employees at the helm, Google salaried employees largely uninvolved, a climate of unattainable production standards in response to multinational globalization, etc. As a professor and library employee, I am deeply saddened to quit on the basis of harassment and ineffectual management, not to mention not guilty of a personal faux pas, and aware that the discussion of said imaginary issue was only an attempt to discredit my own professional reputation and qualifications. I assure you that this is not an illogical, foul rant. If you are a high school graduate comfortable bullying your coworkers or putting up with the mind games of your supervisors, then this job is for you. If you are concerned about not having healthcare, your emotional well-being, and your ability for professional growth versus exposure to a traumatizing work environs, avoid this place at all costs. The pay is not enough, the staff is transient, and the element of high school bullying that's unchecked, as well as the sketchy company politics, merit further investigation by news and government service workers.