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Gersh Agency Agent Reviews

Updated May 9, 2017

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "This is a place for people who want to do their own thing with very little leadership/oversight."

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    Former Employee - Agent in Beverly Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Gersh Agency full-time

    Pros

    Working environment is relatively calm compared to other agencies; not a lot of screamers here. Hours are also slightly better; agents work 9:30 or 10am til 7:00 or 7:30pm on average. Not a lot of oversight, so you can generally do your own thing. Below-the-line department is strong. Good list of working TV actors.

    Cons

    No strong leadership within departments, or at the company as a whole. Literary department suffers from a weak reputation in the industry, and the talent department, while strong in TV, has virtually no presence in film. Pay structure doesn't encourage teamwork. Department not very well-integrated. Management and senior agents don't mentor younger agents; if anything, they compete with them. Every agent is on their... own to bring in clients; senior agents rarely help younger agents sign or bring them onto teams. No packaging business. Agents remain underpaid unless they go out and find job offers elsewhere to use as leverage.

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    Advice to Management

    Have longterm goals and communicate them to your employees. Think more strategically on behalf of clients; look at packages and bigger-picture deals rather than just the quick buck that comes from immediate bookings. Support and build up your employees by introducing them to executives, send them to festivals/upfronts/Emmys/whatever, bring them on to client teams. Pay salaries and bonuses commensurate with other... agencies. Celebrate the successes; congratulate your employees on a job well done from time to time.

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    Gersh Agency2015-01-12
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    Former Contractor - Agent in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gersh Agency for less than a year

    Pros

    big city with good location

    Cons

    ingrown family owned operation need say more???

    Advice to Management

    get real

    Gersh Agency2017-05-09
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Learned, and Suffered a Lot"

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

    I worked at Gersh Agency full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Learn a lot about the entertainment industry, while making great contacts in the field. Some agents are truly wonderful people who you can learn so much from. Colleagues are young and talented people are trying to make it in the biz. The support from the assistants will get you through the day. Fun Christmas party.

    Cons

    Depending on which department, and which agent, (and which location, LA is totally different from NYC, where I worked), being an assistant is a grueling and demanding job; and if you're don't have a thick skin, dedication, and the support from your fellow assistants, you will be eaten alive. Pay is miserable, hours are long, benefits are non-existent, and there are some terrible people that you have to deal with... everyday. They will try and screw you on overtime, and will use you until you break. But hey, what did you think you were getting into?

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    Advice to Management

    Instead of seeing assistants/floaters as disposable employees and you can replace anytime, try and Cultivate an atmosphere where these young folks can actually grow and appreciate the opportunities given to them. The revolving door has to stop to improve quality of work, and the only way to stop it is to implement better working conditions. A lunch break would be nice, and an actual HR department that cares about... basic rights for workers. Company retreats, actual raises that are based on merit and seniority (not just the qualms of an agent), and just an overall appreciation of the little people that dedicate their youth to this awful, soul sucking machine.

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    Gersh Agency2015-10-15
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