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Definitely worth registering with (West Mids)
Author Name: Claire
Advantages: Efficient, good supply of work.
Disadvantages: Honestly can't think of any.
I've recently finished temp work with Office Angels (Sutton Coldfield branch (recently relocated from W-ton)) and would recommend anyone looking for work to give them a go. I initially trawled the agencies looking for summer work in 2007 and admittedly walked into OA in jeans and with hair scraped back, gave a CV to someone that worked there and never heard a thing.
Summer 2008 I spent a day going round agencies again but dressed much more suitably i.e. as a professional that someone would want to employ. Tried OA again and spoke to a different person who was extremely welcoming and invited me to register (the difference could've been due to the way I looked or it being a different person, but I'd still stick with the presentable look!). I had work all of that summer and even won £30 in House of Fraser vouchers just for doing little competitions they'd send in the post.
This summer has been the same story; I didn't have to re-register, just emailed the consultant who I'd dealt with last year and was offered work again. I was put into an admin role that turned out to involve more than was initially described (due to the employers, not OA) but after speaking with my manager and OA, I received a payrise.
I had a week off sick which I couldn't really afford to do but, without my mentioning anything, my OA consultant asked if I wanted the holiday I'd accrued processed for payment so that I wouldn't be without money. I was more than happy with this as I have had experience with other agencies 'forgetting' to let me know about holiday pay I'd accrued. (I've realised just how much holiday pay I haven't been paid as I've worked for agencies on and off since 2001.)
Now I've started my teaching career, I let my consultant know and she's now processing the rest of my holiday pay and P45. I was actually offered a job by OA for the Xmas period which I would've taken if it wasn't for teaching being my priority now.
With every company, you're going to get the people that really couldn't care less and I think we tend to vent bad experiences more than the good, so I wanted to say that bad experiences don't have to tarnish a company.
Having read some reviews, some people might think that their work history means they should walk into new jobs, (I had 6 years of good admin background when first took my CV (wearing jeans)) but I believe first impressions count for everything and, in the world of work, unfortunately you're always having to prove yourself as there is always someone else that would be grateful of your job.
I think OA have a great work philosophy; I would definitely recommend them over any other agency I have worked for. I hope this review was helpful.
Summary: The best agency I have worked for (and have worked for a lot)