Sharp Communications
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    Boutique agency on Madison Avenue with A LOT to offer.

    Account Executive (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsCreatively-driven and fun, but focused, environment.
    Tight-knit, hard-working group.
    Diverse client portfolio with holistic approach.
    Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, on Madison Avenue.

    ConsLong hours.
    No television advertising accounts.
    Fast-paced.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep building on what you've already made great.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Learning Experience at a Prestigious and Successful Agency

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsTight-knit working environment. Employees are young, ambitious, intelligent and very hard-working. Good benefits package. Vast and diverse clientele. Help to produce some of NYC's biggest and greatest events. Summer Friday's! Very fun celebrations! Management has a wonderful understanding of your personal life.

    ConsCan be long hours during busy times. Very fast-paced and high-stress at times - you've got to keep up!

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep on keeping on! You guys are fun-loving, compassionate and very dedicated.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Reputable company, helpful & knowledgeable employees, great opportunity to learn about the public relations field

    Current Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsConvenient location, very friendly, intelligent, & helpful employees, great cohesion of all teams, lower level employees included on large projects, employees learn under multiple account executives, vast client list, lower level employees feel like an important part of the team, "Summer Fridays", learn the ins and outs of the public relations field, office environment allows staff to openly communicate and be creative, holds a company seminar so that employees are aware of business standards and appropriate communication, present and active on popular social media platforms, company website thoroughly introduces the audience to the clients and employees

    ConsThe regular work day hours may be something a new employee or recent graduate have to get accustomed to.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to be committed to understanding clients and employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

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    ProsFun atmosphere that fosters creativity. Lots of collaboration among PR, creative and event teams. Management tends to encourage independence, but they are also very hands-on (sometimes too much), and they promote their team well. Great clients mix, big brands and smaller. Work hard, play hard environment.

    ConsCan be very demanding. Sometimes it can be competitive to work on "favorite" accounts.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awful

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsConvenient midtown location
    Nice website
    Office has lots of windows

    ConsAstoundingly high client and employee turnover rate
    No leadership or direction whatsoever
    Questionable business practices
    Ethics not a part of the company vocabulary

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Spends more time thinking it's great than actually being great

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsSome very nice coworkers, convenient midtown location, decent vacation time for NYC, a good number of talented people in there. Agree with previous poster about great art department. Great media buying department too.

    ConsIf you're not the type to suck up to management, then forget about any upward mobility. Even for a very small company, promotions are based on how sycophantic you are to management, and not merit. Main executives treat the company more like a social club than a business environment. Client-retention rate is low - employees would rather complain about clients behind their backs instead of actually trying to resolve issues in a professional manner. High turnover of employees - seems to be a place to earn one or two years of experience, then leave for bigger and better things. Bottom level employees do all of the grunt work and are treated like slaves.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDeflate your egos, think from the bottom up. Reward merit and do not treat the company like a social club. Make certain executives accountable when they go missing for days, or weeks, at a time. Stop micromanaging EVERYTHING.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Average

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros- General collegial atmosphere
    - Decent vacation time
    - Easy to acquire higher titles (though pay may not necessarily rise with title)
    - Great art department, one of the best design teams I've ever seen

    Cons- Big vision and talk, but does not have resources to achieve goals. Some methods are extremely outdated, i.e. writing long press releases and mailing hard copies to journalists (no one reads these anymore), cold calling journalists to pitch stories, use of third-rate databases.
    - Needs more innovative practices aside from 'Write press release. Blast mass email. Create website. Done.'
    - Zero boundaries with work delegation. Work gets shelved to lower level employees who are stressed enough as it is.
    - Low pay (though it is a low paying industry across the board)
    - Management is inconsistent: sometimes you are thrown into the shark tank, other times you are micromanaged on unimportant details
    - Employees need better work/life balance. Publicists work 12 hrs/day, even longer during events.
    - High employee turnover.
    - No HR person/department, full-time accountant, or on-staff IT.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat company more like a business. Great that everyone gets along, but we are employees first, friends second. Best practices are needed, HR and accounting new hires are crucial, and hire interns!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pretty Good

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsSharp is a small company with friendly staff. Great clients with long lasting relationships. Growing company allows for career growth.

    ConsThe size of the company is not for everyone. There are no clear systems or best practices for any discipline

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate clear long term goals and communicate them clearly to employees. Honestly evaluate and understand your personal competencies and delegate the rest.

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    Shady Place

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    ProsNice office space and colors

    ConsSenior management is incompetent
    Lack of professional development
    Lack of communication on the direction of the company from senior management

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire a real business person to run the place instead of people who have no idea what they're doing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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