Harrison and Star Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. art supervisor

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harrison and Star full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Provides great opportunities and growth.

    Cons

    Work life balance is a real struggle


  2. Account Services

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harrison and Star

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented, smart people who work hard.

    Cons

    Recent changes in management have tarnished the company by emphasizing the bottom line more than the quality of work and quality of life for employees. Recent senior management hires have said they need to cut salaries as some are paid "too much" others state that the company is where long time employees "coast"-- this is unfortunate and has changed the dynamics within the company. Having two presidents is also confusing as there is no clear direction that is communicated to those working in the trenches on a day to day basis.


  3. Yet another fading Star

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Harrison and Star

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

    Pros

    I've always liked the people i work with--they are smart, dedicated, and just fun to work with.

    Cons

    This is yet another Omnicom owned agency that is slowly losing its heart and soul.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to turn the entire agency culture into a giant call center with hundreds of people crammed into a small space.


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  5. Well run agency

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harrison and Star

    Pros

    Process-driven and well run agency. Most employees are friendly and professional.

    Cons

    Work life balance could be better.


  6. Good Stuff

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harrison and Star

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall great place, liked it.

    Cons

    Not always the best communication

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  7. Accounts Payable Associate

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

    I worked at Harrison and Star

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    benefits package put together was very attractive for a new comer

    Cons

    office politics was too much for effective job performance

    Advice to Management

    Conduct management by wandering on a daily


  8. Helpful (2)

    Medical Copy Editor

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harrison and Star

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very process oriented so you knew your place and understood what you were supposed to be doing.

    Cons

    I was always stressed and was overworked. It didn't take long to feel burned out by the system, the environment, and the workload.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be default backup people to handle accounts when there's too much going on for one person to handle.


  9. Administrative Assistant

    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Harrison and Star (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Support person to President of Company heavy calendar management expenses, travel, filing phones schedule client meetings arrange lunch & dinner meetings conference calls. The day goes by fast it is a very busy position.

    Cons

    can be stressful at times trying to get clients and a large number of people together to schedule meetings and travel for all involved. Expenses not done in a timely fashion.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Culture has changed since Larry Star left...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harrison and Star full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Agency has very interesting brands within their portfolio Senior management does not micro manage the businesses Teams are very hard working and easy to get along with

    Cons

    Employees used to be the most valued resource in the days when Larry Star ran the agency... this is much less the case now

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to take a step back and look at what drove success when Larry Star ran the agency.


  11. Helpful (1)

    A place to start, not a company to have a long fulfilling career.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harrison and Star full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun environment with friendly people. Filled with plenty of young people. Nice office layout. Always plenty of food. Can order Seamless and use car services when working late hours.

    Cons

    Extremely LONG hours. Absolutely no space. Offices are crammed with 3 employees. Compensation is significantly lower than other agencies in the industry. If you are interested in making money, look elsewhere. This is where employees can go straight out of college, not a place for the long term. There is way too much focus on alcohol and partying.

    Advice to Management

    You're breeding alcoholics. Learn to control your employees Try focusing more on the business and the clients, and less on having a good time. Instead of putting so much money towards the referral bonus program, try compensating your employees properly. Why do you bother having a recruiting department if the focus is so heavy on referrals? Make the recruiters actually do their jobs instead of punishing us with low salaries.



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