Harrison and Star

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Harrison and Star Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
30 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great culture, great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President, Group Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President, Group Account Supervisor in New York, NY

    I worked at Harrison and Star full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Senior management team really cares for the employees and always looks for strategies to retain talent. The agency truly follows its values -- collaboration, communication and commitment. There is no space for big egos or big politics. Everyone works for the common goal of success. It is just a pleasure to go to work there everyday.

    Cons

    Apparently, the pressure of Omnicom network is forcing the agency to make decisions that are not very popular among the employees. Salaries increases are small. Sometimes this makes top talents, especially those in the beginning of their careers, move to other opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have the challenge to maintain the strong culture while you continue to grow. Keep valuing people, and the business will come.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great talent and culture.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harrison and Star

    Pros

    Big focus on company culture.

    Cons

    Work not always the most varied.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Sickest Most Dysfunctional Environment I have ever encountered

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY

    I have been working at Harrison and Star full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not many, some nice people but they are few and far between. They can have nice parties on occasion, but that is rare.

    Cons

    Upper management--- There are a few that are absolute drunks, another big wig is just a nut case. Starting at the top the disease creeps down. Plus, still a lot a leftovers that need to be put out to pasture. Middle management and creative management are just a bunch of acolytes and sycophants who run around with delusions of grandeur and visions of real power and controlling leadership dancing in their heads. Occasionally one or two of them will come back to Earth momentarily to publicly berate an underling for a minor mishap, or even better, an imagined slight or mistake. Let's not talk about some behavior that would have HR and the Legal Department very busy. As for the culture, if you are one of the cool kids, you will be initiated into the culture of this agency - dinner parties, happy hours, field trips. If you are not, you are not included. For an agency that claims it is cutting edge, and on top of the science, they are behind the curve in terms of technology. Their digital work is lacking, and they still have a very print veneer to them. Deep down they still think its about a clever headline and quirky art. Time has passed this place by, and now the buzzards are circling, waiting for Cerberus and Charon to arrive to take what remains to the underworld, where they belong

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire and repent for your sins. Seriously, alot of you have made some serious cash, it's time to retire and let some other people with vision come in and try to steer this dinosaur into the Industrial revolution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Get your start here and then get the F out ASAP

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Harrison and Star full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    GREAT people at nearly every level of every department. Somewhat fun and chill work atmosphere

    Cons

    TERRIBLE pay. They underpay by like 20-40% of industry standard. I was low-balled on 3 separate occasions. You may be thinking- well maybe you aren't that good of a worker. After the 3rd time it took me about 2 weeks to find a new agency and got a 35% raise. My coworker friend was there for awhile and just left for a nearly 50% bump in pay. They don't pay the "worker bees" and don't even try to retain talent when you get another offer. My best guess is this place is very top heavy as far as VP and SVP's getting nicely compensated, and it being basically a turn and burn sweat shop at all the entry to mid levels. Do not stay more than 1 year unless they change their ways

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times. This is the Google era, not 1985 where workers were in the dark on industry compensation. It takes an employee 5 seconds to find out what they SHOULD be making, so start getting in line with those numbers and you will retain the top talent, which in turn will result in better work and better client relations. So simple i shouldn't have to tell you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I worked with the account services department as an intern for a summer.

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

    I worked at Harrison and Star as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company is growing fast and there are lots of new opportunities. As an intern, you get to shadow a lot off the agency and really get a feel for what working in a pharmaceutical advertising agency is like. You have the opportunity to take on larger roles, that most interns otherwise would not be able to.

    Cons

    Often at times as an intern there would not be enough to do. At one point they made the interns do a photoshop project for all the departments in the agency, and although it was fun, it was not entirely related to our roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Behind the Digital Curve

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

    I worked at Harrison and Star full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    decent location, good summer fridays

    Cons

    low average salary, dull creative, painful routing process for jobs which leads to unecessary long hours on a regular basis, overall weak digital team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get more involved, fight for your teams

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Creative

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

    I worked at Harrison and Star full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good equipment, nice location. Has potential to be a fun company again. Loosing their touch.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. Leadership seems unorganized and lacks focus. Hard to grow and earn a competitive salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to focus on their work. Give recognition and compensation for harder efforts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work if you want to put in the time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Freelance Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Freelance Account Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at Harrison and Star as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great training program
    Open work atmosphere

    Cons

    Long hours are expected
    Sometimes they are understaffed

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very nice people, environment is calm

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Harrison and Star as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible with freelancers as far as when they come in if they worked late. Dinner if you're working late. Professional environment. Festive events, like cinco de mayo, etc.

    Cons

    High turn over rate. Possibly due to low pay since employees are always leaving for better opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train employees to be well rounded. Pay them what they are worth so they won't leave as soon as another opportunity presents it self.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people, hard work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harrison and Star full-time

    Pros

    Great creative, good collaboration between account and creative teams, opportunities for growth and recognition for over-achievers, slackers don't survive

    Cons

    Decreasing work/life balance as HS is beholden to Omnicom financials

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward well the stars you have; they are increasingly rare and not worth losing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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