Harrison and Star Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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  1. Great place to work if you want to put in the time

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    Former Contractor - Freelance Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Freelance Account Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great training program
    Open work atmosphere

    Cons

    Long hours are expected
    Sometimes they are understaffed

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. Very nice people, environment is calm

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    Current Contractor - Art Director in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Art Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Harrison and Star as a contractor (more than a 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
  3. Great people, hard work

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    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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    Do nothing manager tried to fire me after 5 months on the job

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

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

    Pros

    - Ongoing training opportunities
     - Nice perks like soda, snacks, bagel fridays
     - People generally want to help you succeed
     - SOME teams are great to work with

    Cons

    - HR completely absent in the onboarding process. The manager I was hired to work for was off her nut and I had nowhere to turn for help. By the time HR got involved it was too late.
     - Type A account people are not kept in check by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an eye on the fast risers in Account. Some are hacks who take pleasure in torturing their team and have no business working with people.

    Approves of CEO
  6. Great opportunities are available here if you know the right people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harrison and Star full-time

    Pros

    For the most part, I had tons of opportunities for advancement and collaboration. Management is open to new learning experiences and thinks outside the box where team building is concerned.

    Cons

    As the company is growing, it is starting to gain a corporate identity. They try hard to maintain the small-company feel, but it is getting harder and harder. It is hard to staff up at times and it is apparent that teams with bigger accounts get priority from management. Salaries start high but only incrementally increase year-year.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great Place to Work

    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at Harrison and Star full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    They try to incorporate fun to work by having bagel Fridays once a month, and throwing an Easter egg hunt where employees have the opportunity to win a free PTO day (if they find the golden egg!). They have a lot of smart employees with higher ed degrees specifically in science fields, since the majority of clients are oncology.

    Cons

    They don't really encourage a good work/life balance, but they do acknowledge that and pay the bill for a $20 dinner if you stay late, and/or pay for a car ride home.
    You really have to have a passion for pharma to work here, or it will be very dry/dull.

  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Find a Job Elsewhere

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

    Pros

    The location of the office is decent. There are variety of lunch options and the neighborhood is fairly nice. I don't have anything positive to say about the workplace itself.

    Cons

    The work is terribly boring and ugly. I can't imagine why anyone would want to work here long-term. The office space is sterile and spotted with hideous "art." Generally, a cold and corporate atmosphere. I did not enjoy any aspect of working here and cannot recommend it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Great company with a lot of support and opportunity

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    Current Employee - Group Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Group Account Supervisor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Harrison and Star full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the best people in the industry work here. The people are truly dedicated and passionate about their work. There is truly a family/team feel at H&S, where people work hard but also have a lot of fun.

    Senior management takes an active role to support their employees through regularly meeting to get a sense of how things are going, a yearly survey and mentoring circles, which also provide a venue for career advice and how to handle challenges.

    Cons

    Christmas break has been taken away. Space has become a challenge with the steady growth, but this is common and is actively being worked on.

    The location can create a challenge, but many agencies have moved to the neighborhood so it is not a unique challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to have open communication and be sure to keep staff informed of why and when changes are happening and if certain benefits are removed something else needs to be put in place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Good talent, poor leadership

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    Former Employee - Copy Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Copy Supervisor in New York, NY

    I worked at Harrison and Star full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Talented creatives
    Smooth processes
    Good culture (was better before office move to Varick)
    Solid digital business
    Great internal training curriculum

    Cons

    Poor leadership
    Way too account driven
    Lack of respect among/for employees
    Poor records with promotions, bonuses, and raises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would say to Ty and Mardeen: Be good to your workers. The lieutenants and the juniors. They are the ones making the things you sell so readily to your clients. They are the ones giving up time with family and loved ones to keep your business running as timelines and clients and demands get more and more demanding. Listen to your people. Do right by them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Highly Political Sweatshop

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    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

    Some great people, nice building, good work.
    Some team are better than others.

    Cons

    The wrong people are at the top, share your ideas and it belongs to them.
    Has slowly become a sweat-shop.
    They claim to be digital, then they keep the same power structure and do little to reward the resident digital talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep making everyone work the long hours is a sure way to lose them.
    Hiring more and more account people wont help either.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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