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Gersh Agency Assistant Reviews

Updated Aug 15, 2019

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Great oppurtunity"

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

    I have been working at Gersh Agency full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Real industry experience at one of the top agencies, invaluable knowledge, fun parties, great friends

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours, expectations that are sometimes unreasonably high

    Advice to Management

    Pay more, please, for the love of god. We’re broke and we’re trying so hard!

    Gersh Agency2018-12-06
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Gersh is not equipped for its own future, let alone yours"

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    Current Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gersh Agency full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Same pros as any agency - you will make friends and connections with people your own age who are starting off in the industry. Some of the agents are genuinely good people who just enjoy the work. Access to material (scripts, information) before other areas in Hollywood.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity - there are a handful of non-white agents at the company, and those in power do not seem to see this as an issue. The pay is extremely low, the 401k does not match your contribution. HR is a bureaucratic nightmare that is run by effectively one person who is cruel and lacks concern for employees (i.e. an assistant being refused time off to attend her mother's funeral). Harassment from... agents and poor interpersonal relationships between assistants and their agents are commonplace - your experience is only as good as your agent is kind. You come across far fewer opportunities here than you would at a bigger agency - your agency experience is really the only asset for future growth that you gain here, and your next job will likely not come from the work the agency does or the clients that it represents.

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    Advice to Management

    Prioritize diversifying your staff. Pay assistants a competitive hourly rate. Do not micro-manage overtime. Incentivize growth within the company rather than playing the role of gatekeeper.

    Gersh Agency2019-08-16
  3. "I'd Rather Die than Retun to Work Here"

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    Former Employee - Assistant 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Gersh Agency full-time

    Pros

    You might lose weight from all the crying you do during/after work. DO NOT WORK HERE AS AN ASSISTANT unless you have no soul and are on track to be an agent. That said, I made some friends that I still keep in touch with. Something about mutual suffering can really bond people.

    Cons

    Constant verbal abuse, no overtime, tedious tasks, very little opportunity to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Treat assistants with more respect.

    Gersh Agency2017-10-23
  4. "Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gersh Agency full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    +Top tier w/o the intensity of competing agencies +Definitely provide room for growth +Good assistant community +Will learn a lot

    Cons

    -Pay is miserable -Not as connected as other agencies

    Advice to Management

    pay your assistants more, they work hard!

    Gersh Agency2017-06-12
  5. Helpful (2)

    "What a mess"

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

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

    Pros

    Most people that work there are pretty cool and nice

    Cons

    Management and HR are a mess, pay is awful, so much red tape, no perks

    Advice to Management

    Pay minimum wage at the very least, give a reasonable amount of work to assistants, change up HR

    Gersh Agency2017-02-27
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic place to work, great energy, lots of ambition"

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

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

    Pros

    Great roundup of people here-- eager, ambitious, confident, outgoing. Makes every day seem exciting even if the assistant life can sometimes be mundane. The assistant position here is what you make of it-- you can get by doing the bare minimum, but you can also rise to the occasion. If you want to stand out, you can. Bob Gersh is also amazing and extremely friendly when he comes in.

    Cons

    Long hours and sometimes-moody bosses, but to be expected in this industry.

    Advice to Management

    Further cultivate the agent training program. It exists but could be strengthened, especially here in NYC.

    Gersh Agency2016-04-03
  7. Helpful (2)

    "By no means an industry leader...."

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

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

    Pros

    Like any agency, some people are nicer than others and more fun to work with. That includes agents and assistants.

    Cons

    Gersh is not a leader in the industry. Their client roster is pretty weak. I always would joke with people that if it's a b-level tv actor, Gersh probably represents them. This leads to a culture of mediocrity. The office decor is tacky tacky tacky, it just looks so cheap. As any agency, the pay sucks for assistants.

    Advice to Management

    Work on fixing the coordination between the departments. People stay away or leave Gersh because they know it doesn't have the resources to propel them to superstardom.

    Gersh Agency2016-04-08
  8. "What you make of it"

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Gersh Agency full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not as intense as other agencies. Good client base without being one of the top tier. They have a good record of promoting assistants.

    Cons

    Run by a family and occasionally decisions can feel capricious. HR is not responsive. Like any agency they expect very long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Paying assistants and support staff even slightly better would greatly boost morale and retention. Not a lot of training opportunities for people wishing to move up.

    Gersh Agency2016-03-21
  9. 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
  10. Helpful (1)

    "A great working experience."

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    Former Employee - Assistant/Floater 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gersh Agency full-time

    Pros

    Smaller agency allows for more hands on learning within the entertainment industry. Good work/social life balance. Agents accessible and open to ideas.

    Cons

    Lots of coverage, some days can be very repetitive.

    Gersh Agency2014-11-10
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