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42West Reviews

Updated February 4, 2017
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  1. "Junior Account Executive, strategic communications"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Junior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 42West full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Atmosphere is amicable, the brand new office is extremely nice.

    Cons

    The salaries are absolutely appalling--does not compensate for the hours of work per week.


  2. "LOL"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 42West full-time

    Pros

    There's a 20 word minimum for this but I have nothing good to say about this company.

    Cons

    Ridiculous management. Petty and will not provide any feedback until the moment you make a mistake. Extremely negative and unhelpful. Attitudes left and right. Salary is not one you can live off of for the work they want you to do. Higher ups will talk down to you and make you feel like you're not really a part of the team. Overall really fake people who have their heads way too far up their...

    Advice to Management

    Expectations are ridiculous - training is terrible. Fix your attitudes.


  3. "Publicist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Publicist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Publicist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at 42West full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good client roster in film.

    Cons

    This is not really PR or publicity. This is more like being an assistant to your client. There is no decision making allowed, all has to be approved by the top celeb publicists who are in their roles basically because they suck up to the owners. The press releases and emails that go out are a huge embarrassment. If you enjoy making hair and wardrobe arrangements for clients, while tip-toeing around giant undeserved egos, this is your place. The company is not run well and there is no real professionalism here. I should have known during the ridiculous and schizophrenic interview process that I was making a mistake but I jumped right in, now to get out before I become one of them...

    Advice to Management

    Start over. Treat your employees like the professionals they are. Learn to write, learn grammar, learn what PR is.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "CEO two-faced"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Publicist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Publicist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at 42West (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Top clients in industry give you experience of understanding demands and how to develop strategies and campaigns.

    Cons

    CEO creates culture of pettiness. She pits people against one another and always needs to be in the limelight. Corporate culture spreads downward from her bad leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Put in a new managing director who cares about people, genuinely.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Do not work here"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at 42West (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good client roster
    The film department has better hours and culture than the talent department
    Decent health and savings benefits

    Cons

    Petty management
    Long hours - longer than other Entertainment PR companies
    Barely any OT when compared to all of the overtime worked. You basically only get paid if you are at an event. If you are in the office until 9pm working on regular tasks you will not get OT
    High turnover rate

    Advice to Management

    Treat junior members better and there will not be as much turnover


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 42West full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good client roster, free gifts.

    Cons

    Horrible work-life balance, very little training, extremely stressful, verbally abused by publicists, get no lunch break (which is illegal), barely have time to go to the restroom, hours are way too long, incredibly understaffed and underpaid for how much work there is, you have no life if you work in the talent department here.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more and new employees, see above.


  8. "Assistant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at 42West full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great client roster
    The film department has a much better work life balance than the talent team
    Coworkers

    Cons

    Petty management
    Mistreatment of employees
    Long hours without the OT they claim to pay
    Little to no room for advancement


  9. Helpful (3)

    "A solid but desperate company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 42West full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great employees, flexible hours (in respect to doctors appointments/family emergencies/time off), Relaxed dress-code, summer Fridays

    Overall, I enjoyed the working environment and the people I worked with on a daily basis.

    Cons

    The company fails to have a clear vision and comes off as being desperate for business and in practice more often than not. There were few opportunities for personal learning, growth or advancement (and no real job titles to prove it). Each division is pitted against one another rather than working together to serve a client; it ends up being more competitive.

    Salaries were not competitive as compared to other agencies/firms

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with all levels of employees and not just upper levels. Treat all divisions equally and give them all the same advantages/support.


  10. "Intern"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    Exciting Work Environment, good exposure to the industry

    Cons

    Limited Responsibility, not enough leadership

    Advice to Management

    Have a more structured atmosphere for interns


  11. "Assistant"

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

    I have been working at 42West full-time

    Pros

    Paid overtime, paid vacations, sick days, personal days, 401K plan, health care and dental benefits, possibility to work from home.

    Cons

    Little to no work/life balance. Even when you are on vacation, something will usually come up that you will have to address.

    Advice to Management

    There should be more respect for an employee's time off. There should also be more respect for lower level staff. Assistants shouldn't be made to feel as if they aren't an essential part of the team and they should not be spoken down to.


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