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2.8
54%
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38%
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James Gosnell
25 Ratings
Pros
  • "Been working at APA for a few year now(in 6 reviews)

  • "APA is big enough agency to have a strong effect on the entertainment industry, but small enough to actually get to know everyone(in 4 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "long hours(in 7 reviews)

  • "APA is extremely fickle about overtime, so you will rarely be allowed to log this, even if you are working well beyond the 40 hours(in 7 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work

      Mar 18, 2021 - Agent Assistant 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      Great + supportive peer community, boss was tough but fair and made me better at my job.

      Cons

      Pay could have been higher, but it's about commensurate with other agencies and you don't get into this business to make money (at least at first)

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Peers are great, upper management on the other hand is underwhelming….

      Jul 18, 2021 - Agent Assistant in New York, NY
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      Great peer to peer work ethic. Everyone on the ground floor is supportive and encouraging, including middle management. The agent you work for here will really make or break your experience at this company.

      Cons

      For starters, the pay is god awful and not competitive in comparison to other agencies. Doing the same amount of work and being paid pennies on the dollar compared to other companies really begs the question-why do people stay? It truly depends on the circle you work in. Upper management and the CEO continue to fail at being innovative and inspiring to attract young talent. There are absolutely no investments made towards bettering the younger generation at the company. There are serval offices across the country - during my time, none of the offices made much effort to work cohesively with each other. This made for much confusion and inconsistent ‘best practices’. The CEO really is a true ‘yes’ man. When confronted about issues, not excluding sexual assault allegations, annual pay raises, etc.. he puts on a facade of wanting to better the company AND keep you happy. When it comes to action being taken, he hides behind others in order to delay things hoping to sweep issues under the rug.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Where you start but not end

      Jun 15, 2021 - Human Resources Coordinator in Beverly Hills, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You get to meet a lot of people that are also looking for their start in the industry

      Cons

      Lots of turnover and lower pay then their competitors

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Typical Hollywood fare

      Mar 17, 2021 - Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great clients, fine place to learn

      Cons

      Long hours, demanding agents, competitive atmosphere

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    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Do Not Work at APA

      Mar 24, 2021 - Executive Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You learn how not to run a company

      Cons

      APA is a fear-based company run without any rhyme or reason. With the exception of a few, the agents have no idea how to lead, teach, inspire, or mentor -- they just follow the money. Assistants do not make a livable wage and are mostly treated like non-humans.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Work for a major, feel like a boutique (music dpt)

      Aug 18, 2020 - Agent Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Free concert tickets AMAZING ASSISTANTS - definitely felt welcome from day 1 Most agents are super welcoming and willing to share information and teach you stuff Interacting with talent Building a network inside and outside the company

      Cons

      Advancement opps take FOREVER to come in Pay is minimal, but that's in every other agency out there Most of their tech stack is ancient No real training route to help assistants advance Some agents are terrible to work with

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Ok place to start

      Jan 8, 2021 - Administrative Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Learn how to work in a past paced agency environment

      Cons

      Long hours, very little room for mistakes. Bad pay.

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    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Dying company that is awful at everything they do

      Jan 11, 2021 - Administrative Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -There are a good number of kind, ambitious people to meet and talk to daily -It is a good place to begin your career if you were not able to make it into a larger agency, especially considering how they've all been affected by COVID. -There is some room for advancement, but this seems to completely depend on whether people above you leave rather than merit, which is awful. -There aren't that many pros.

      Cons

      -HR is extremely shady and two-faced; they'll prefer to call you rather than email because they are so afraid of having a paper trail of their questionable processes -There are a few aggressive and hateful talent agents. Many agents here are actually awful at their jobs, so chances are you won't even be learning from intelligent/experienced people. -Low pay and weak benefits; $15/hour is the salary for both mailroom AND assistants. APA is extremely fickle about overtime, so you will rarely be allowed to log this, even if you are working well beyond the 40 hours. -The offices are spread across 3 different buildings; this makes it extremely inefficient and difficult to get around, especially if you are working in the mailroom and need to deliver things and set up conference rooms. You will be forced to ruin all of your required nice shoes/clothes because umbrellas are hard to manage when you're pushing a heavy mail cart across the street in the rain. -Diversity and inclusion is non-existent. They'll speak out or do a few things completely for show, but the reality is that this company is full of very white men and women who would never leave their comfortable bubbles to actually educate themselves on the issues minority groups face. So. many. microaggressions. -Lack of a collaborative and friendly culture. It feels cold walking around the different departments. Most agents are not friendly/open and perpetually seem to be in bad moods. I doubt most of the employees enjoy working here.

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    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Solid place to start out your career in entertainment industry

      Jan 15, 2021 - Sales Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      free coffee, lively workplace, can be easy to get promoted, youthful, interesting seminars

      Cons

      toxic work environment, not the best neighborhood for food options, not diverse, many agents are crazy, can be tough to move up

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    10. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Experience

      Nov 19, 2020 - Executive Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      There is room for growth.

      Cons

      Very long hours, low salaries.

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