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Agency Access Reviews

Updated February 11, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Agency Access"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Agency Access full-time

    Pros

    Easy going company, lots of fun to work at. Made lots of friends

    Cons

    The company pretends to be a creative outpost but they are only about the sales. The sales team are on aggressive quotas and sell mostly poorly executed services to (artists and) photographers who will not benefit from them.

    Advice to Management

    They are doing a fine job


  2. "Innovative Photography Industry Heavyweight"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hauppauge, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hauppauge, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Agency Access (More than a year)

    Pros

    Agency Access has been an immense learning experience, an excellent place to work, learn and grow if you are interested in pursuing a career in the business side of the commercial photography/illustration industry.

    CEO Keith is one of the few innovators who can see a gap in the industry and create a comprehensive product/solution to satisfy it. I turn to him often for guidance and inspiration, and find him always receptive and encouraging.

    I love this workplace environment because the employees are personable, the vibe/culture is playful, benefits/compensation are fair and you can assume a lot of responsibility in your department if you have the proper initiative.

    Cons

    No continuing education benefits and/or flex schedules in place at present.

    Advice to Management

    Office puppy please!


  3. "Starter or filler job then move on"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agency Access full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Easy
    - Family "like"
    - Good for a resume filler

    Cons

    - Unless you are in sales the salary is a joke
    - High expectations for the employees from a mediocre company that sells a not so honest product

    Advice to Management

    - Stop playing favorites
    - Happy employees = Happy clients


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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Don't."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hauppauge, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hauppauge, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The people you work with can become life-long friends. They share a common thread of talent and putting up with inept management and leaders. Every so often, there are perks that include alcohol. You can learn quite a bit about the marketing/photography industry to take with you to your next much more respectful and higher paying job.

    Cons

    Let's start from the top and work our way down. The CEO is a smart business man when it comes to sales, numbers and building projects, but when it comes to people he's more of a petulant child and hasn't figured out that without good employees, the numbers don't save the business. He has a tendency to want to be feared more than respected, creating a chain reaction of negativity and poor production through the executive team down to the lowest paid employee. He constantly flip flops from one decision to another, one mood to another and one promise to another. He's also involved in every aspect of the company, putting on full display how much he does not trust his executive team and/or his employees. The executive team operates on fear, and are often way in over their heads for the job given as most of them are "friends" and not actually qualified for their positions. They nitpick all the wrong things and stifle innovation and progress because of their lack of experience leading people, and since they are so fearful of making a mistake that would have the CEO blow his lid, they run around enforcing policies like it's a factory rather than the fun, knowledge based business it pretends to be. The pay for general employees is just horrific. They refuse to pay anyone what they are worth, and haggle over $100 when it comes time for an annual review. They will tell you that they give merit based raises upon your job acceptance - this is a lie, don't believe it and run to the nearest interview that respects you enough to tell you the truth. Also, most if not all employees are salaried, which is fine - except when they have you doing a job that requires more than 8 hours in a day and frown at you and 'reflect' that on your annual review if you don't work past the 5 o'clock whistle. They consistently exercise poor judgment when choosing managers, most of them being unqualified and totally void of people skills. That, coupled with their propensity to hire young staff that are ambitious but don't know much is a recipe for disaster if you're not involved in the clique of 'friends' that make up the executive team. The young staff wouldn't be an issue if it wasn't obvious that they just don't want to the price tag that comes with real talent. The young staff is not led and supported properly, in which case the quality of work that they have the potential to produce is stifled. Clients complain relentlessly, and most of it has to do with a serious disconnect between what sales are selling and what service they're actually producing. However, these complaints are in fact taken seriously which is good for the customer but bad for the service employee because all that blame is put directly on the employee that's making a quarter of what the sales person is making, meanwhile they're the reason the complaints creep up in the first place. Also - the executive team and the CEO do not listen to the folks that are doing the job everyday. Your input is literally useless. As an example, if the CEO or the executive team were to read this review, they'd most likely just take it all as an insult and get angry about this as opposed to actually reading and comprehending all the elements in this that should seriously be considered if they are to succeed. Overall, the company truly had the potential to be a great place to work, and the service has its place in the industry, but poor leadership/management, lack of trust and unwillingness to hire the right talent because of pay has hindered it's growth, and I would not be the least bit surprised if it shut its doors eventually for good.

    Advice to Management

    Take a class or workshop on how to get the best out of your employees. Take a class or workshop on how lack of trust and fear can bring down an entire company. Without those qualities, finding a job as an executive/manager outside of this place will be difficult and I'm certain you'd be laughed out of any serious publicly traded company. The CEO should just become the President and hire a CEO that is not so emotionally invested in the company. Passion is fine, but when you're taking it to the level where you have to do everything yourself and love to be feared, you will fail. Hire executives that have better judgment and people skills, pay those people what they're worth, and allow them to pay the people they hire what they're worth.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "No Bueno"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Agency Access full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy work, once you cut through the lethargic processes that the company has put in place

    Cons

    Ebenezer Scrooge and his band of friends have dedicated their lives to taking on an industry they know nothing about. They will stop at nothing to save every dime they can, and clean house when they've extracted what they can from employees. If cronyism is your thing, jump on board.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management. They're doing well for THEMSELVES


  7. "One Big Family!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Agency Access full-time

    Pros

    I love working with Agency Access. The work environment leaves you to believe your part of a family with them. The company isn't that large so you work alongside the other departments in more of a collaborative effort. Working there opens up employers eyes to all different realms of photography and marketing that they may have never knew before.

    Cons

    May not be a con for most but it is on the smaller side.


  8. "Full time employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Agency Access full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Agency Access is about possibilities. It's an in the box marketing solution for creative companies as well as small business. Everyday I feel challenged as well as excited about what project is around the corner. Management promotes growth, so you always feel like your job evolves.

    Cons

    It would be great to have better options for our health insurance. It's a young company with young employees, which don't necessarily need quality services.

    Advice to Management

    It's a good company with a heart and a future. The bigger we get, the more talented folks we'll be able to bring on. I look forward to that.


  9. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Design Intern in Hauppauge, NY
    Former Employee - Graphic Design Intern in Hauppauge, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Agency Access (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There were lots of friendly people and it is a fun work environment

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Hired to revamp their directory product."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Agency Access full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work from home. Seemed open to new ideas and probably would be if they didn't have to spend money.

    Cons

    Unsophisticated, inexperienced company employees unwilling to implement change.


  11. "If you need a job, maybe start here"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Hauppauge, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in Hauppauge, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Agency Access full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Aside from upper level management - the employees are great people to work with. If you are in sales, you can make great money but that's it.

    Cons

    Management is all over the place and procedures and processes change on a weekly basis. There is a clique within the company that if you do not breach it - you will not move up.