My worst agency experience

Worst Agency Experience
A Contractors' Worst Agency Experience

Worst Agency Experience


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The Contract Extension Lie

I’d been working in a contract and was happy to continue.

The company was laying off staff though, and it looked unlikely I’d be renewed.

Three weeks before the contract was up, I started looking around and secured a couple of interviews.

I let my agency know that I was doing this, as I like to be honest about the situation.

IT Contract Interview

I had an interview two weeks before my contract was up. It went well and I was confident I’d be offered the job.

Then, my agent called and said I’d been offered a three month extension.

I was amazed, as lots of the other IT staff were being laid off.

I agreed to extend, and called the other agency to let them know what had happened. They were disappointed, but understood.

Contract Extension Letter

I received my extension letter in the post to sign. I read it over and everything seemed fine. I wanted to negotiate the agency’s margin though, so held off signing it for a few days.

Four days before my contract finished, the agent called me at work in a panic and said I had to sign that morning if I wanted the extension.

She agreed to reduce her margin and would walk over with copies of the paperwork for me to sign.

I met her in the lobby of my building. She was in a rush, so I signed quickly and went upstairs.

Short Contract Extension

I read over what I had just signed, and discovered the extension was only for two weeks!

I looked over what they had sent me before and it clearly said three months.

This was also what I had been told by the agent on the phone.

Unhappy Contractor

Confused, I went to speak to my manager.

She told me the extension had always been only two weeks, and there had never been any mention of three months.

It was pretty clear that the agent had lied to me to prevent me from taking another job.

Of course, they denied it and said it was a simple mistake.

The other job had been filled by the time I found out what was going on.

I was not a happy camper.