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Creative Artists Agency Reviews

Updated January 21, 2018
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Pros
  • Future career possibilities /connections to the entertainment industry (in 20 reviews)

  • Great place to be entrepreneurial (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, and the pay is minimum wage for all interns (in 35 reviews)

  • Long hours, low pay but worth it if you take advantage of your resources (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "Golf Group"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Creative Artists Agency full-time

    Pros

    Global clients, high visibility work, exclusive events and locations, experienced leadership.

    Cons

    Although you're always around it, you don't actually get to play much golf.


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    "Great start in the industry"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    CAA is, without a doubt, an amazing company to work for if you want to work in the entertainment business. CAA's client list is formidable. The level of access is unparalleled. The deals brokered are at the highest level. If you are the kind of person who wants to take ownership of your career and move forward in the entertainment industry then CAA is the place for you. There are so many opportunities for those willing to be patient, work hard and network.

    There are definitely some perks to working at CAA, such as occasionally engaging with high profile clients, free event tickets, inside information on the goings-on within the entertainment industry, etc. But you don't get as many perks as the company leads you to believe.

    Cons

    The pay is terrible, the hours are long. Some agents and executives are known for being very challenging to work for. HR has an extremely limited role in your career development and work conditions - in reality, this is entirely up to your boss. Your life at CAA is entirely dependent on your boss - make sure you like them!

    Moving up in CAA is quite political. Usually, this depends on who your boss is and how much clout they have within the company. Some assistants get stuck working for three or four (or more!) years and don't get promoted. If you're going to do it, work out where the opportunities are in the business are (read: growth), and try and move there. The highly competitive positions will most likely be taken by far better-connected colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your assistants a livable wage. The reason you have a diversity problem is because the pay is so low. It's no secret that basically the only people who can afford to work at CAA are those with wealthy parents who can supplement their income.

  3. "Great Company and Big Egos, but hey that's Hollywood right?"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Creative Artists Agency full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Contacts
    - Stepping Stone
    - If like you enough to keep you can definitely move up, as they foster internal growth
    - Benefits
    - Growth if your in it for the long haul
    - Culture

    Cons

    - Long Hours 9-7 (plus overtime)
    - Compensation $13 per hour
    - Male to female ratio 4/1
    - Very bro environment
    - Egos
    - Work/Life Balance


  4. "CAA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Creative Artists Agency full-time

    Pros

    Top agency in entertainment world

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be tough given nature of business.


  5. "Creative Artist Agency"

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

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

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial environment
    Generating business and revenue is stressed
    Connectivity is second to none across media/entertainment
    Beautiful office space
    Friendly work environment (to a certain extent)

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and politics are difficult to avoid
    High pressure
    Sharp-elbowed with respect to relationship management
    Zero transparency around compensation and lower than expected
    Lack of leadership and management

    Advice to Management

    Hire seasoned management executives that understand organizational behavior
    Be more transparent with respect to compensation and performance


  6. "talent agent"

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    Former Employee - Talent Agent in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Talent Agent in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Creative Artists Agency full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Phenomenal culture and even better people

    Cons

    hard work, long hours but it is all worth it

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant/Floater"

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    Current Employee - Assistant/Floater
    Current Employee - Assistant/Floater

    I have been working at Creative Artists Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Future career possibilities /connections to the entertainment industry

    Cons

    Low compensation and low possibility of promotion within the company

  8. "great place to work, awesome enviroment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great enviroment, wonderful people very hepful

    Cons

    work hours are very long


  9. "Executive Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Creative Artists Agency full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture, infrastructure really does touch all of Hollywood.

    Cons

    Depending on which department you're in, it might be hard to get promoted. The pay is relatively cheap.


  10. "Great for wanna-be Agents, bad for the unsure"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Intern in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Creative Artists Agency (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great office environment and lots of opportunity

    Cons

    Rank is extremely important. Don't expect to make eye contact with anyone above your pay grade.

    Advice to Management

    If I had advice to give CAA, I wouldn't be writing this.


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