• Report: #258917
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Allen And Associates

  • Submitted: Thu, July 05, 2007
  • Updated: Thu, July 05, 2007

  • Reported By:Trevose Pennsylvania
Allen And Associates
2600 Lake Lucien Dr., Ste. 410 Maitland, Florida U.S.A.

Allen And Associates An exorbitant fee bought very, very little Ripoff Maitland Florida

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My experience with Allen and Associates occurred more than six years ago. I happened to search A&A on Google and found this site (yes, I'm still bitter). What I found were stories very similar to my own, except that A&A seems to have raised the fees!

Back in 2001, I was laid off from my PR position with an advertising agency. I was aggressively looking for employment, including through headhunters. A&A's ad was in the Help Wanted classified section, so I sent my resume. The next day, a very perky young lady called me, and just like other people who have reported on this Web site, she told me everything I wanted to hear. Normally, I wouldn't have fallen for it, but I was under a lot of stress from not having a job, and she knew it.
$700 later, I had a hackneyed, unprofessional resume (which I rewrote to the point of it being an entirely new resume), a list of contacts that were three years outdated (so much for the claim that the lists are updated quarterly; when I called to complain, another perky young woman sent me another list) and precious little else. When I followed up on the resumes A&A sent out, I discovered additional contacts that were out of business or moved. When I called to ask what happens when my resumes are returned in the mail undelivered, I was informed that they were sent out without a return address (now, that's professional!).

The first woman I spoke to lead me to believe that A&A would assist me in finding contacts, setting up appointments, referring me to companies with whom they placed clients in the past, but once I paid, I was told that I was on my own with the shoddy resume and outdated contact list.

I didn't press to have my money returned, as the contract I signed stated that only $150 of my $700 fee would be returned if I canceled.

I hope that anyone who is considering using this company finds this Web site first; I wish I had.

Trevose, Pennsylvania

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 07/05/2007 04:04 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/allen-and-associates/maitland-florida-32751/allen-and-associates-an-exorbitant-fee-bought-very-very-little-ripoff-maitland-florida-258917. 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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