Agency for the Performing Arts

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Agency for the Performing Arts Reviews

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    Summer Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at Agency for the Performing Arts as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great way to learn the ins and outs of the ENTIRE entertainment industry--the genesis of a project begins at the agency. Great, friendly people.

    Cons

    as an intern, you are not paid and apparently pay is rather low as an assistant as well, just like most agency assistants.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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    Good connections, hard work, little pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA

    I have been working at Agency for the Performing Arts as an intern (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice office, valet parking, free pens, monthly free cake, great connections, good comradery

    Cons

    Poor pay, little chance of raises, small yearly bonuses, 401k not matched, minimal employee appreciation, no reliable method of conflict resolution, high stress, long hours, restricted vacation days

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Agencies are hard places to work, but this one's a little easier--and less respected.

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    Current Employee - Agent's Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Agent's Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Agency for the Performing Arts

    Pros

    While working at the agency, you meet a lot of others in the entertainment field and many move up in the field after working there. APA also promotes from within, so it's a good place to start if you want to be an agent. Compared to other agencies, APA is extremely laid back and employees are generally treated with respect. Agents' doors are always open.

    Cons

    As at any agency, the pay is very low and hours can be very long. I regularly worked 10-11 hour days. The agents are working in a competitive industry and are always trying to get ahead. Their stress gets passed on to their assistants, so the job is nerve-wracking and agents sometimes yell. Since APA is not as well-respected as other agencies, it might be harder to get a higher paying job after working there. I changed industries after working there, so I don't know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management tries to encourage low-level employees to talk with agents and to encourage a more relaxed environment. I think it achieves that, but it needs to work on establishing clear guidelines for procedures and a way for new employees to learn the guidelines. Not understanding the guidelines makes it impossible to do one's job and makes the agents furious, obviously.

    It should hire more support staff so procedures can be followed and all work can be done effectively.

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