Temp Life at Some of America's Most Notorious Legal Sweatshops
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Recessionary Torture Chambers
For those lucky enough to be working, I wonder which sweatshop is making the most of the economic downturn by exploiting as many people as possible?
A. Kenyon & Kenyon - "Just wanted to bring attention to Kenyon and Kenyon. The atmosphere there is absolutely brutal. They are firing people left and right without a blink or fingernail of a pretext. Some are fired after a day or two and even after receiving positive feedback. It is beyond ruthless and inhumane."
B. Bloomberg - "Sadly, I feel like Robert Half just picked the wrong company to work with. As a whole, RH was pretty good, but add Bloomberg to the mix and they just let them walk all over them! When the mass firing occurs, Bloomberg simply gives a list of names to Robert Half - no explanation or reason why. And RH doesn't think to ask. It's ridiculous. People were fired after coming in at 8am, during lunch, after leaving at 5pm. It's all so random. Best part? When I gave my 2 weeks notice before leaving, I was told the next day that I would no longer be needed on the project." - JDUnderground
C. DiscoverReady - "They confiscate your phone. I am now preparing for my obligatory strip and cavity search. They also bill by the document and not by the hour, so get ready to run like a lemming. Faster, faster, faster!"
D. Sullivan & Cromwell - "Taking too long in the bathroom is off limits as the litigation support supervisor, Figaro ---has been alerted that people are in the bathrooms and hallways too long. Anyone who is caught violating this policy will be terminated. There are a couple of specialists who will report you so to be safe, step downstairs in the lobby if you have to make a call, for example. Lastly, come totally prepared to meet a cadre of people who have been at SC for a long time (as long term temps) who have a sense of entitlement and behave as the projects is theirs. They also have formed cliques and do not allow anyone else in. If you manage to come in, do not bother with them. They are insulated and do not care about anything else but their own survival. Be prepared to see how some are the darlings of the specialists and are protected no matter what. Be prepared for long hours."
E. Barrasso Consulting - "They run this gig just like a factory- you literally all have to shut your computers down at once for mandatory breaks (which are unpaid of course.) No health or dental either and 1160 a week gross- a single guy or gal will bring home about 800 a week on this gig. I can't resist pointing out that that's 800less a year than a fucking NYC garbage man."