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Harry Fox Agency Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
13 Reviews
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    serious music professionals in a declining industry; expect blind loyalty

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harry Fox Agency full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good atmosphere, casual dress code, lot of vacation time, devotion to all things music; great regular folks to work with

    Cons

    declining industry; expect blind devotion to music; expect you to live and breath music technology 24/7/365. provide a lot of vacation but hold it against their folks if they take their vacation. they should love music industry more than their personal lives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Stepping Stone

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

    I worked at Harry Fox Agency full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good basic training in the music industry. If you are entry-level, it's a great place to start and become familiar with all facets of the industry. You will learn a lot, and be able to get a job at a different company with a management track.

    Cons

    Petty department managers who refuse to work with anyone than their favored people make life difficult at HFA. Management team sucked but most of it has turned over. Unfortunately terrible SVP of HR is still there and she is a nightmare of a human being. Never trust her.

    Good training/stepping-stone means most of the intelligent people I knew at HFA have moved on to other companies. High turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good launching point, not a long term commitment if your looking for growth

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - OSM in New York, NY
    Former Employee - OSM in New York, NY

    I worked at Harry Fox Agency full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will learn a lot of people on the ground, there are a lot of good people who make the company move. It's a relaxed environment so no need for ties and button down shirts. The location is pretty good as well, lot's of places for lunch and happy hours afterwork and Friday. The building has a huge Duane Reade and you can definitely get your daily necessities and other items there as well.

    Cons

    I would say that there are a few good department heads who actually work well with employee's. I would advise that you work to the best of your ability and remain flexible as things will pop up. You should document everything, never leave anything to a conversation because it will be a mistake that could end up biting you. I would also say that you should not share anything personal with the department that sources new employee's. The head of the department has an unreal sense of entitlement and to say narcissistic is a complete understatement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on fostering a cohesive environment built on trust and not one of fear. Personal vendettas and politics dominate the office and no one will speak up as it is a known fact that if you speak your mind of these actions you will be targeted by those who have an under lining alliance with one another. Stop allowing those who are in your group to lay blame with out sitting down with the person first. All to often people are blamed for the mistakes of their preverbial leaders who are asleep at the wheel. They will take all the credit but will also lay all the blame at the feet of their direct reports in your weekly meetings with out any requirement of proof other than their word.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to start.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harry Fox Agency full-time

    Pros

    Great time-off and benefits. Good people to work with. This is the place to start at if you want to be in the music industry.

    Cons

    No growth. Salary is a little low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Heard it has gotten much better with new executive board.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great potential

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

    I worked at Harry Fox Agency full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to meet other people in the industry.
    You have the opportunity to work with large and note-worthy clients.

    Cons

    Low morale.
    Slim room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to boost morale without being degrading.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to get a foot in the industry

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

    I worked at Harry Fox Agency full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Steep learning curve
    Lots of knowledgeable people
    Can always ask for help
    Diverse workplace
    Connect with leading people in the music industry

    Cons

    Training is lacking
    Communication amongst departments could be a lot better
    Low salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you would find some time to invest in training new employees, I feel like there would be less turnover - especially by increasing salaries a little. I feel like that could go a long way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Positive for the time being, but not a long term committment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Licensing Agent in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Licensing Agent in New York, NY

    I have been working at Harry Fox Agency full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    HFA really invests in the growth and education of its employees. They always try to promote from within and are willing to train people from within rather than looking externally, so it could be a great place to grow into a new career path.

    Cons

    It depends on the person, but the environment is cubicle-based and can feel extremely corporate and rather dry at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mis-management and poor company culture

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

    I have been working at Harry Fox Agency full-time

    Pros

    There are a few kind people, and many very smart. You can learn a lot there.

    Cons

    Executive staff is completely detached, cold, and disconnected from staff. They do not make an effort to bridge the gap. Company doesn't feel like the music business. It feels more like working for a financial institution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being cheap, and create more middle management positions. Many people are frustrated by their titles, and lack of proper hierarchy. Higher level execs micro manage entry level candidates, and the morale is low. Create more manager positions! Also, loosen up a little. The environment is too stiff, and the company is run like it's stuck in the 80's. Allow more people to telecommute, have flexible hours, and encourage employees to express themselves a bit more. Employees do not put in the effort that you want from them because they feel like drones. Overall, mis-management is your biggest issue. Employees do not feel like there is anywhere to go within the company, and no one wants to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Unprofessional place to work at

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

    I worked at Harry Fox Agency full-time

    Pros

    Some good people. Would recommend management to learn from these people.

    Cons

    Never complain to HR, no matter what you will never win if you are not manager. Management is disrespectful and does not like smart and hard workers. Moreover, salaries are very low. A lot of people leaving, half of which are fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before you call yourself manager you have to have special skills. Learn how to become professional first and learn how to treat people like people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    music licensing and royalties

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Harry Fox Agency

    Pros

    interesting work and not too stressed

    Cons

    music industry in decline, same salary last 5 yrs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    workers need oppurtunities to cross-train

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