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  • Submitted: Sun, January 18, 2009
  • Updated: Sat, January 16, 2010

  • Reported By:Oceanside California
Appleone
16371 Beach Blvd Huntington Beach, California U.S.A.

Appleone Employment Services fraudulent company Huntington Beach California

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: You are right

*Consumer Comment: False advertising is right!

*Consumer Comment: Unfair Criticism

*Consumer Comment: rebuttal

*Author of original report: great stuff

*Consumer Comment: THE LIVING WAGE JOB OFFER THAT DISAPPEARS THE MOMENT YOU WALK THROUGH THE DOOR

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As a job seeker, hopes get very high when you read a "perfect" job posting that completely matches your skills and salary expectations. After graduating with my BA, I was seeking a full time position for several months before approaching Appleone for help. Previously, I have registered with Appleone and have never received a job offer or temp assignment. Fortunately, the economy was booming and never had a problem finding work. Nevertheless, I approached Appleone again in response to their postings that dominate most search engines like Monster and Careerbuilder. The job postings are ideal and closely match almost any employment background. I highly anticipated meeting with a recruiter in order to be screened for these particular jobs. After driving 40 miles, I eagerly entered the office dressed in an expensive suit and my best shoes. I had the required two copies of my resume in hand, and was greeted with indifference by the receptionist. I was told I was required to take a typing test for this particular position, and I eagerly agreed. After scoring 60 wpm on the typing test, I sat and waited for 15minutes for the recruiter to meet with me. The recruiter was seated in the back room and was chatting carelessly about what to have for lunch for duration of the 15 minutes of which I was told to wait. Feeling slighted, I maintained a positive attitude and disregarded my immediate apprehension about the legitimacy of this agency or this job. Once again, I ignored my feelings of caution to feeling disregarded and ignored. However, feeling desperate and in need of a job, I waited patiently and kept a positive attitude. Once the recruiter finished discussing her lunch plans with her co-worker, she casually came out in informal attire and told me to follow her to her desk. I immediately sensed condescension in her entire demeanor, but I disregarded my intuition and kept a smile on my face. She smiled and asked me to discuss my employment background, and wanted names and phone number of all my previous employers. I willingly supplied her with four names and phone numbers of high-end executives from Fortune 500 companies, all of whom would be appalled that I entered a staffing firm in the first place. However, I was in need of a job and anticipated the position which was advertised on Monster.com. I asked her about the position and she responded that I was not entirely qualified for that position. She responded that I needed a background in construction, although that was not advertised on the job board. With my degree and 4 years of Project Mgmt experience, I was sure she would find another match for me in something similar. However, to my surprise, she responded that she could submit me for a ten dollar an hour part time position with a local car dealer. I was immediately insulted and my ego defended the assault on my career and hard work in college. I smiled and said "no, I am seeking a full time position that I can support myself on. She wrote, "no part time work" in her notes on the back of my resume. I was beginning to feel confused by the response this recruiter was having to my resume and my work history. She responded to me in such a manner that made me feel unqualified for a job I knew I could do. In addition, her mannerisms and demeanor towards me indicated she did not have confidence in my abilities to successfully fulfill the needs of a position such as this. She pressured me to consider taking full time secretarial work and other kinds of low end administrative work. Because of the failing economy and my desire to earn a paycheck, reluctantly I agreed to take a horrible low-end position for which I was over-qualified. I started to think about how in third world countries or developing countries, like India, doctors are forced to take positions sweeping floors in order to make a living. Had our country really sunk to a new low? My father's words rang true in my head as well, "only losers go to agencies because they have no friends or resources to help them get a job." Nevertheless, here I was in need of a paycheck and anticipated the position that was posted on the job board. The recruiter ended the interview and said she would call me if anything came in she felt I was suited for. I smiled and said, "great" and it has been four months and have not been called once by this office.
Next, after months of submitting hundreds of resumes, I submitted my resume once again to another Appleone posting in Oceanside. I resumed my anticipation because I convinced myself that this position was real and that the Huntington Beach office must just be inefficient or crazy. Anyhow, I responded to the post, put on my suit, and took two copies of resume down to Appleone in Oceanside. This time I knew for sure the posting was a positive match for my skills and there was no way I was not qualified. I arrived ten minutes early and eagerly anticipated discussing the position with the recruiter. However, after thirty minutes, I asked when the recruiter would be able to meet with me. The receptionist was replied indifferently that she would be out shortly. Once again, my desperation and my ego were at odds and I waited for her to come out from behind her desk to meet with me. After waiting another ten minutes, walk in clients were being seen before me and I was feeling slighted and my ego was at war with my need for a job. Why was I not being seen? I was dressed and ready, clean, makeup done, and looking good. What was the problem? I was friendly to everyone and was not rude or inconsiderate. After four walk-ins were seen before me, I told the receptionist I was going to leave. I had waited an entire hour for the recruiter, but was waiting for this "perfect" job. The receptionist went in the back and then returned and told me the recruiter would be right out. I smiled, but feeling slighted and irritated, I harnassed my natural inclination to walk out of the office in a huff. Once the recruiter came out I smiled and felt a strange sense of relief. She had the same air of condescension and told me to follow her to her desk. She asked me about my entire education and work history and then responded that this position was not right for me. At this point, I felt a stinging sensation that I might well up in tears. Not only had I waited for her for an hour, but my ego was taking another beating for not being "qualified" for this position.
My scores on Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access were above 90. I type 60 wpm. I know MS Project, Visio, Oracle, and AS400. What is the problem? Why am I not qualified? Once again, she responded that I am qualified for a position that was about 12 dollars an hour and working as a receptionist somewhere in Vista. My ego was slighted as was my patience. I told her that is fine and accepted her offer to submit my resume.
Now after being unemployed for 8 months I have concluded that Appleone is a scam. I have been to 2 other Appleone office since that one, WHO SAYS I DONT LEARN THE HARD WAY!!, and have gone through the same song and dance. The only office that appears legitimate is San Clemente, who have called me a few times to submit my resume for 16/hour admin jobs or receptionist jobs, but nothing has materialized. I called Appleone in another city and asked the receptionist if the jobs are in fact real. Luckily, she responded honestly and said, "no the jobs are not real. Some of them are, but most arent." I was greatly surprised by her honesty and shocked to find this out. Appleone buys ad space on Monster and Careerbuilder to promote a bogus company which submits profiles of "clients" like me to the government to get subsidies for their employment services. The scam is that Appleone posts bogus job postings and wastes the job seeker's time. We all know that time is money when you are unemployed, and the sleepless nights do not go away until you land a job that is a real career. Having a college degree and working part time at a car dealer is not my idea of career. Not only is it insulting to have your time wasted by this agency, but their business is based on fraud. I hope someone clues in to their game and shuts them down. Their business practices should not be allowed to continue. Appleone should not be posting false advertisements for jobs that do not exist.

Rebecca
Oceanside, California
U.S.A.


This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/18/2009 11:35 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Appleone/Huntington-Beach-California-92647/Appleone-Employment-Services-fraudulent-company-Huntington-Beach-California-413536. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

You are right

AUTHOR: bmac45 - (United States of America)

I used to work there and you hit it right on the nose! I quit because I could not live with myself contributing to doing this to people. The employees are indifferent because the company treats its internal staff crappy too. It brings a smile to my face seeing so many of their offices being closed because they are doing so poorly...karma is getting them and getting them hard! They purposely make their descriptions vague and use a program called "data frenzy" to post these to multiple job boards. Whenever there was a new hire, they would be required to post at least five fake posting per week to build their book of business. DISGUSTING COMPANY TO WORK FOR AS STAFF OR A TEMP!!!
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#2 Consumer Comment

False advertising is right!

AUTHOR: Tempagencylawsuit - (U.S.A.)

AppleOne... the Huntington Beach, CA location in particular... has advertised the exact same jobs on monster.com for at least two years now, LOL! I have absolutely had it with this temp agency. I applied so many times for jobs that I am a perfect fit for. They refuse to respond to me and yet the same job gets listed on monster.com again and again and again.....

I've started a blog for the purpose of collecting all the complaints about them in one place. If I see enough interest, I'm going to pursue a class action lawsuit against them. It's at tempagencylawsuit.blogspot.com.
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#3 Consumer Comment

Unfair Criticism

AUTHOR: Jim - (U.S.A.)

The truth is - this is one of the hardest job markets out there in years. I knew somoene who was out of work for almost 9 months before landing a Controller role - and he competed against 20 other like-qualified individuals. With the glut of people out there, employers can be VERY choosy and selective. As such, your post had some information that needs to be clarified:

1. The postings you read on Monster or any other job board will only have the basic requirements of the position. They may not indicate you may need the experience in a particular industry because the employer didn't tell the recruiter until after the job posting was up. The employer can be so selective that you may have Oracle experience (for example), but do you have 11.7 experience? How about 11i? Implementation experience? If Oracle wasn't the most recent experience (let's say you last used AS400), that's anothe reason an employer will discount you. Believe me, the recruiter is actually saving time (yours) and reputation (his/hers) by NOT sending you to the recruiter - where you would be turned down.

2. In many cases, the recruiter knows exactly what he/she is looking for in a candidate. Trust me, that recruiter has seen one tomato after another walking in for the position the employer is looking for - and the recruiter is even somewhat frustrated after a while, not because the candidates are lame, but the employers are incredibly selective. Given the current market, employers are in a position where they don't necessarily HAVE to fill an admin position unless they find a tremendous candidate. Some employers will interview a candidate 3-4 times and still turn down a candidate - this happened to another colleague of mine recently.

You can tell a bogus posting because of its incredibly generic description. Those recruiters are baiting the hook to see if there's anyone special out there for another position they may have. Getting out there working part-time and interviewing during the down hours gives you options, keeps you alert, and gets your mind sharp for the interview.
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#4 Consumer Comment

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AUTHOR: Amy - (U.S.A.)

I also would like to say that this is only my personal opinion. Because we live in a country that honors free speech, I am grateful to be able to post my personal opinion on a website such as this. However, it is only my personal opinion based on my own personal experiences. I would not say that this necessarily pertains to everyone that enters Appleone. I cant speak for everyone, nor am I speaking based on investigative facts. I am only venting my personal opinion of this place based on my own personal observations.
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#5 Author of original report

great stuff

AUTHOR: Amy - (U.S.A.)

I think you have some great stuff and your opinions about temp agencies in general are highly perceptive to say the least. I agree, but not on all fronts.

I was a former model. I am thin and athletic and used to play college tennis. Your theory about having to be modelesque is, I think, the result of being put through the ego shattering experiences that these agencies do to people. It would be easy to start asking,"whats wrong with me?" or internalize the feelings and assume you are not good looking enough or good enough in some way.

Please dont assume that it is a weeding out process. It really is not. It is a bait and switch game and has nothing to do with being gay, lesbian, single mother (which IM not), a parent, age, weight, or anything else that is personal. If you resond to their ads you are wasting time. Trust me. I overheard it from the horses mouth.
I cant reiterate enough that being rejected by them is not personal. I dont have kids and am a good looking young person. They are not weeding out clients for their high profile Fortune 500 customers. No.
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THE LIVING WAGE JOB OFFER THAT DISAPPEARS THE MOMENT YOU WALK THROUGH THE DOOR

AUTHOR: Joe - (U.S.A.)

HERE WHERE I AM STAYING NOW, THERE ARE NEARLY 300 APPLICANTS TO EVERY ONE JOB AND WHEN A NEW LUXURY HOTEL OPENED UP DURING THE LAST RECESSION ,THERE WAS A LINE OF JOB SEEKERS FOR TWO LARGE CITY BLOCKS!

SO EMPLOYERS DEPEND HEAVILY ON THE EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES TO WEED OUT THE UNDESIRABLES --E.G., CERTAIN MINORITIES, WOMEN EMPLOYEES, EMPLOYEES WITH DISABILITIES, GAY, LESBIAN, TRANSGENDER EMPLOYEES... I AM SURE YOU GET THE IDEA. THE EMPLOYERS HERE WANT CENTRAL CASTING HUNKS AND BABES AND THAT IS WHAT THE EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES TRY TO GET THEM.

WHEN AN EMPLOYMENT AGENCY POSTS AN AD, IT IS LIKE A CATTLE CALL FOR AN OPEN CASTING.

MOST OF US HERE KNOW WHAT WAGES WE CAN REALISTICALLY EXPECT TO GET AND THAT IS AS LOW TO THE MINIMUM WAGE AS THEY CAN PAY --- FOR ALMOST EVERYBO0DY EXCEPT NURSES AND PHYSICIANS...

BUT HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL AND WHEN WE SEE THAT TEMP OR EMPLOYMENT AGENCY OFFERING A LIVING WAGE, YOU DRIVE TO IT AND WAIT FOR THE PLACE TO OPEN UP SO YOU WILL BE THE FIRST IN LINE.

INEVITABLY THAT JOB WILL NOT EXIST BUT IF YOU ARE LUCKY YOU WILL GET SOME NEAR MINIMUM WAGE GRUNT WORK....

THE EXCITING JOBS WITH GREAT PAY AND FULL BENEFIT PACKAGES CERTAINLY DON'T EXIST AND IF THEY DO A TEMP WON'T BE IN LINE FOR THEM. THEY POST WHAT THE REGULAR EMPLOYEES GET AND WHEN YOU HAVE SIGNED ON --- YOU FIND OUT THAT YOU ARE A TEMP OR A SEASONAL WORKER OR PART TIME AND NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THIS GREAT FULL BENEFITS PACKAGE. JUST ANOTHER CON GAME TO GET YOU TO TURN OUT AND SEE IF ANY LUCKY PERSON IS ELIGIBLE TO GET THE LOUSY USUAL RUN OF THE MILL JOBS THAT THEY HAVE AROUND HERE.

I GUESS I FORGOT TO TELL YOU THATIF YOU ARE A WOMAN, THE EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES WANT YOU TO LOOK LIKE AUDREY HEPBURN OR JACQUELINE KENNEDY AND DRESS LIKE THEM TOO ON NEAR MINIMUM WAGE TOO...

AND DON'T HAVE ANY CHILDREN TO CARE FOR BECAUSE YOU OWE IT TO THEM TO SPEND YOUR LIFE BY THE PHONE WAITING FOR THE CALL THAT NEVER COMES.

ONE MORNING WHEN I WAS FIRST IN LINE, INSTEAD OF THE NICE JOB I WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN APPLYING FOR, I FOUND OUT THEY ONLY HAD ONE DAY OF WORK PER MONTH FOR MINIMUM WAGE. THE PAY PERIOD WAS EVERY TWO WEEKS. IT HURT.

THE MAGICAL DISAPPEARING JOB THAT NEVER WAS AND CAN TERMINATE AT ANY SECOND...

THE AD PROMISES UP TO $12 AN HOUR ONLY THEY ALWAYS THINK OF SOME WAY SO YOU WILL NEVER MAKE THAT $12 AN HOUR. AND THE BENEFITS THAT THEY PROMISE, TOTALLY BOGUS...

THE EMPLOYMENT AND TEMP AGENCIES JUST WANT TO CALL IN PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR WORK SO THEY CAN ADD TO THEIR TALENT POOL AND THEY MAY TOSS YOUR APPLICATIONS IN THE TRASH OR THEY MIGHT HAVE A GREAT MENIAL JOB FOR YOU IF YOU ARE JUST AN AVERAGE JOE.

THESE HEADHUNTERS, PEOPLE MERCHANTS, SLAVE TRADERS OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL THEM DO A LOT OF THINGS AND BAIT AND SWITCH IS THE LEAST OF THE M...
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