Creative Artists Agency

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Creative Artists Agency Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
47 Reviews

3.9
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    access

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    Former Employee - Agent Assistant  in  Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Agent Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA

    Pros

    access to power and industry specifics

    Cons

    low pay. egos. pecking orders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Strong start, poorly ran NY HR office

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Looks wonderful on a resume, even if you are only in the mailroom or reception. Good sense of the industry. Some ability to speak with agents. Most agents are nice. Free food. This will take you places. The partners are by far the friendliest I have met. The culture the company preaches is wonderful, even if its not how they act.

    Cons

    Long hours. Will be blamed for mistakes not related to you if you are in the mailroom or on reception. Poorly ran Human Resources department in the NY office. All HR people are good people, but once HR has one negative thought about you, chances of moving up are slim. The company I very passive aggressive and gossipy. Human Resources gossips to your peers, when they are supposed to be the department trying to prevent that. Nepotism is the way of CAA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being passive aggressive. Just because you do not shout, does not make you better than WME. If anything, being passive aggressive is worst. Figure out your job so those under you can correctly complete theirs. If you are going to preach a collaborate culture, back it up with your actions instead of caddy passive aggression, especial from the human recourses department.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to learn!

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

    Pros

    If there ever was a place for you start a career in entertainment, there is no better place. The access is unparalleled

    Cons

    Company culture and the work life balance is abysmal. DO NOT mess with HR, they will make your life impossible. It seems as though their promotion system is pre-determined and or rigged. The wages they pay are atrocious. Life becomes very stressful when making $11 an hour.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revamp HR.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    CAA Assistant

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    Former Employee - Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Amazing way to make connections. Ability to get very close to major deals that others read about in the papers.

    Cons

    The pay is atrocious. You will not have enough hours in the day to complete everything, and you are not allowed to have your email connected to your phone. The company as a whole treats assistants like the dirt on the bottom of their shoe. You will be making very little money for many years. For those who make it through the gauntlet, it will pay off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It's what you make it

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    Current Employee - Assistant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Exceptional opportunities for networking, which will be key in building your post-agency career. Great entry point to learn the business and see how deals are made.

    Cons

    High pressure, high stress environment that outweighs the gravity of what we're doing (we're selling escapist entertainment, it's not a trauma ward). Can feel like a "bros" atmosphere, which can be uncomfortable if you are not a "bro."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of talk about how assistants are the face of the company, but overall there's a pervading sense that you are truly disposable. That plus the low pay does nothing for morale. Treat assistants like people, even if they're only there for a year, and stop turning a blind eye to agents/execs who are notoriously difficult towards the people working under them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    Great starting point in Los Angeles

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    Current Employee - Assistant to Agent  in  Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant to Agent in Beverly Hills, CA

    Pros

    Learning 'the business' and making contacts

    Cons

    long hours, soulless place to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Challenging and fun.

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    Former Employee - Executive  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Executive in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Forward thinking, great environment, has great values to aspire to.

    Cons

    Complex place to work, lots of big personalities. No end to the work, you can get sucked into the job and lifestyle.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall, a great job!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You can go anywhere from here. There are so many connections to every part of the entertainment industry in this building- pay attention to the deals taking place, and learn everything you can. No day in this building is wasted!

    Cons

    Everyone acts like we're doing the most important work- curing cancer or something. Agents and other assistants get panicked over small, trivial details. It's not quite as bad as Ari from Entourage, but it's not far off, in some departments.

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    Summer Internship

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Century City, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Century City, CA

    Pros

    exciting work environment and culture

    Cons

    can be very demanding and long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    agents can be difficult to work with

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    In Sync

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    Former Employee - Assistant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Along with WME the platinum standard of talent representation companies in the entertainment industry.

    Cons

    Unlike trainees, it's very difficult for assistants to feel connected to the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none.

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