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Agency for the Performing Arts Reviews

Updated November 8, 2017
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  1. "Climbed the ladder"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Agency for the Performing Arts full-time

    Pros

    Good opportunity for upward growth (depending on your skillset/personality); fast-paced; lots of great learning opportunities; good camaraderie among assistants

    Cons

    Can be hard to address concerns with management/HR; same issues as most/all agencies have (difficult personalities, minimum wage pay even after promotions, long hours, etc.)

    Advice to Management

    Provide employees with clearer means to address concerns


  2. "Overworked, underpaid"

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    Former Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Agency for the Performing Arts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Overall experience working in the entertainment industry

    Cons

    Toxic work environment with many agents with big egos and no patience and rage issues. Over worked for little pay. Vacation days are vague. HR department non existent.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being cheap and pay your assistants! Have an employee handbook.

  3. "Highly Don't Reccomend"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Agency for the Performing Arts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I got to grow my career here but with zero help from anyone minus the opportunity from the CEO. If you are a self starter with a thick skin you will be able to use this as a stepping stone.

    Cons

    More cons than hours in the day to talk about them. Sexism, nepotism, terrible client list, terrible agents, zero work life balance, pay WELL below industry standard, this place is a living breathing liability in every sense of the word. The amount of lawsuits that hit this place are insane. Their legal team is close to incompetent. The only team worse is HR bc their isn't a team it is one person who is till there bc of a shady past. Women are not bonused out here while the me are. It's really insane. There was a massive class action suit brewing a year or so ago. Not sure what happened there but it will hit or another, much larger one will. They also turn a blind eye to employees committing felonies.

    Advice to Management

    Cash out your shares and get out while this place still appears to stand.


  4. "Not a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Agency for the Performing Arts full-time

    Pros

    If you're at assistant level, the other assistants are great for the most part.

    Cons

    No respect for lower level employees whatsoever and the pay is terrible. What you are paid is so not worth the work you have to put in.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with more respect and you wouldn't have so much turnover.


  5. "Worst company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Agency for the Performing Arts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Can't think of anything great about this company except maybe the holiday party at the end of year? Maybe.

    Cons

    Everything about this company is terrible. Just don't consider working there or you will become suicidal.
    Low pay, no respect, no promotions, no good clientele.

    Advice to Management

    Promote great people in the company. This place has very high turnover yet manager doesn't care. Have you asked what employees want???


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Music Department - Asked to stop recording my overtime"

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    Former Employee - Agent Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Agent Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Agency for the Performing Arts full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Family-like environment with most workers

    Cons

    Boss told me he didn't believe in me the first week (that's not an encouraging tactic). After busting my butt and working 10-11 hour days, he told me to stop recording my overtime because "you have to think about the company before you think about yourself". With being paid a measly $13/hr, I was appalled. I asked to set up a meeting before work one of the days to talk about this and he agreed, but when the time came he never showed up. I texted him and all he had to say was "we don't have time for that". I quit that same day so he proceeded to call HR in front of the office and tell them that "my assistant has anxiety issues and cant handle this job... I'm not worried, I'm going to call up my actual first choice I meant to go with." I dealt with his insults maturely and didn't cause a scene, but I wish I had. This job was one of the WORST experiences I've ever dealt with. I highly suggest anyone that has any self respect gets to know who they're working for and it's unfortunate that he ruined my perception of APA.

    Advice to Management

    Quit acting on the mentality of "employees are replaceable". Actually care about your employees.


  7. "Good Start"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to start your career and learn what it's like to work at an agency.

    Cons

    Growth is very slow and pay is low.

  8. "Great People, Great Culture, Unlivable Salary"

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    Former Employee - Agent Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Agent Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Agency for the Performing Arts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people who work at APA are incredible. They're motivated, dedicated, and fun to be around from the senior agents down to the mail room staff. If you're an assistant, the agents really want you to learn and grow, and are generally happy to help you in those endeavors.

    Cons

    The assistant salary is unlivable in NYC and LA. So, unless you come from a wealthy family (as most of the assistants I encountered do,) be willing to live that ramen life for a few years.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep assistants around longer, or have a more diverse applicant base, you may want to provide a living wage for lower-level employees.


  9. "Great internship!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The internship program is really what you make it! Great people and great atmosphere. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot.

    Cons

    It's a lot of office work, but that's to be expected.


  10. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Agency for the Performing Arts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Learn the entertainment business
    - Small enough to know everyone, large enough to create upward career trajectory
    - Great for networking
    - Learn to pitch, what to look for in literary, and how to grow

    Cons

    - long hours, low pay
    - could be more mentorship oriented / more explaining growth to assistants / trainees

    Advice to Management

    More events for employee synergy for employees from different departments to interact with one another


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