Harrison and Star Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Ethical, progressive, pleasurable place to work

    • 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 (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company lives and breathes its values and thoroughly invests in and values its people. You feel part of a real family here. No place for out-of-control egos or demeaning attitudes. Digital has taken off and compared to most other agencies, it is very progressive. Management invested in providing each employee with gorgeous desktop Macs for efficiency. Other agencies still have certain employees using outdated, dirty PCs and only 'creatives' using Macs, which cause a lot of inefficiencies but management only sees the short term costs. As an employee, you have a meal account through Seamless and access to a car service if working late. Some companies don't bother with any of these comforts for their hard-working employees. I've worked at several other pharma agencies, and most of them are complete basket cases from the inside out. Harrison and Star is very organized and well managed. Former CEO Larry Star is the most humble, kind, and down to earth person out there, who knows every employee by their name and role.

    Cons

    Account team members are reckless and need to be reigned in. They are sacrificing quality and experience to hire young and 'other'; these people don't know what they are doing and it is costing good employees and showing up in the work.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on retaining, developing, and promoting skilled and dedicated employees or you will be left with only the mediocre.


  2. Great company - believes in developing employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Group Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Group Account Supervisor in New York, NY

    I worked at Harrison and Star full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Supportive leadership in all divisions.
    The company has built systems in HR to allow the development of the staff.
    Long tenure of the staff including several who have returned from being at other companies.
    Great business clients and brands to be worked on.
    Integrated business capabilities from traditional to digital.

    Cons

    Hours of course would be the thing to be aware of in general in advertising. With mobile tools this becomes somewhat easier to communicate so that you can focus your time in the office and on site at clients.


  3. Great culture, great place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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  5. Helpful (5)

    The Sickest Most Dysfunctional Environment I have ever encountered

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Get your start here and then get the F out ASAP

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    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


  8. Helpful (1)

    Creative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  9. Behind the Digital Curve

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Operations in New York, NY

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

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

    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 Management

    get more involved, fight for your teams


  10. Great people, hard work

    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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