Harrison and Star Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Get your start here and then get the F out ASAP

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    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

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

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

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

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

    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    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)

    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.

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  5. 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 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

  6. 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)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great training program
    Open work atmosphere

    Cons

    Long hours are expected
    Sometimes they are understaffed

  7. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  8. 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

    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

  9. Helpful (1)

    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)

    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.

  10. Great opportunities are available here if you know the right people

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harrison and Star full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  11. 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.

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