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HL GROUP PARTNERS Reviews

Updated August 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Great clients, convenient location, great work ethic (in 5 reviews)

  • I have had the opportunity to learn a lot in a short period of time as well as grow (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • They do not care about your work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Must be comfortable in fast-paced work environment (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Going on 5 Years at HL"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HL GROUP PARTNERS full-time

    Pros

    Mature environment to help grow a career for any level of employee

    Constantly striving for better programs, bigger business, and company morale

    Gives you the freedom to maintain a work/life balance

    In a transitional state with revamping talent, but allows for huge opportunity for new talent that is willing to work hard and gain great experience

    Senior staff is transparent and committed to evolving the agency as the industry shifts and changes

    You get what you put in. If you’re dedicated to learn and grow you will benefit greatly from working at this agency

    Cons

    Not many cons to share. If you work hard and stay relevant and creative, you will go far within the company. Yes there are long hours, but this comes with any job that you are passionate about with good clients

    Advice to Management

    Continue to challenge and push young talent to better their standards and work ethic


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A Great Agency for Anyone with Drive and an Entrepreneurial Spirit"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HL GROUP PARTNERS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong team leaders who collaborate with one another daily and have a great grasp on their business within the overall agency.

    Relevant clients within the industry.

    Fast paced and high energy (and beautiful!) office environment.

    Talented employees on all levels who keep current with tremendous room for growth with the right work ethic.

    Classes provided to all levels of employees on various topics to better the business.

    Good culture with a focus on integrating employees and making sure all teams work collectively.

    Cons

    Some long hours, as with any agency - but if you work hard during the day, there's no reason to not be out at a decent hour.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide employees the opportunity to grow and learn, all with an entrepreneurial spirit.

  3. "Great Opportunities and Connections"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HL GROUP PARTNERS full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have been with the company almost 2 years and have witnessed positive changes in all areas of the company compared to when I first started.

    Since moving to the new NYC office, company moral has improved. Employees are able to work in more of an open studio floor plan and common spaces like the terrace, rather than having divided stuffy cubicles. This helps with increasing the interaction between co-workers from all different teams in the space we work. The company and team sponsored socials becoming more frequent has also helped with employee relationships.

    The connections to the industry the company provides is incredible as well as the client list which is always expanding. There are wonderful opportunities to get involved with, you just have to want to go and get them. This means always keeping up to date with other teams, calendars, and upcoming events.

    The company provides great tools and resources to make sure you stay up to date with the industry across the board.

    Employees that are hard working, driven, dedicated, and hungry to learn are ones that will excel.

    Cons

    Hours can shift from super long one day to short day the next, but that is agency life is no matter where you go. The company works hard to make sure they help you maintain a work life balance and also gives Summer Fridays and birthdays off— So not really a con.

    Sometimes it's cold in the office during the summer - so bring a sweater.

    Advice to Management

    Stay in the know about employee thoughts, concerns, suggestions, etc. As well as keep up the company team building activities.


  4. "Going on 5 Years at HL"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HL GROUP PARTNERS full-time

    Pros

    Mature environment to help grow a career for any level of employee.

    Constantly striving for better programs, bigger business, and company morale.

    Gives you the freedom to maintain a work/life balance.

    In a transitional state with revamping talent, but allows for huge opportunity for new talent that is willing to work hard and gain great experience.

    Senior staff is transparent and committed to evolving the agency as the industry shifts and changes.

    You get what you put in. If you’re dedicated to learn and grow you will benefit greatly from working at this agency.

    Cons

    Not many cons to share. If you work hard and stay relevant and creative, you will go far within the company. Yes there are long hours, but this comes with any job that you are passionate about with good clients.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to challenge and push young talent to better their standards and work ethic.


  5. "August 2 reviews are all obviously fake/staged."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HL GROUP PARTNERS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The client roster is decent.

    Cons

    Way to many to list.

    For each attempt there is a failure on the part of management especially HR.

    Between the "president" and her "brain trust" it just masks the gossip, sorority culture that is the back bone of this agency.

    They reward "directors" and "AVP's" whom do nothing but break the backs of the junior staff and use them as escape goats when things go wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Connect with your junior staff they are the ones who drive your business, they are the ones who make you money.


  6. "Horrible Agency. Full of fake reviews"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HL GROUP PARTNERS (More than a year)

    Pros

    I suppose they have a solid client roster

    Cons

    These are full of fake reviews. Ask anyone who has ever worked there and they will agree that they HATE it. It is honestly a horrible place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Be more supportive


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great work experience, great brands"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HL GROUP PARTNERS full-time

    Pros

    Leadership has changed over the past year and has been more focused on employees than in the past. New training programs have been added, new and nicer location, kitchen snacks and happy hour events . Great client brands to have on your resume.

    Cons

    Not all teams are properly staffed and hours can be long (but this seems to happen at many agencies)

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on employees and culture

  8. "I've never seen so much turnover..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HL GROUP PARTNERS full-time

    Pros

    Cool office, free snacks, free coffee, some interesting clients

    Cons

    Disorganized, lots of time wasted in pointless meetings, completely chaotic systems of communication, rude and passive aggressive managers who are majorly underqualified for their jobs.

    I've never seen so many people quit or be fired in such a short period of time.

    Advice to Management

    Get people who know what they're doing. There's no need to overwork people for no reason.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Powerful, Well-Connected Agency"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HL GROUP PARTNERS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work with excellent clients across a wide range of categories. Opportunities abound to grow professionally - you will work on major brand campaigns, engage with influencers, concept and host events, fly journalists around the world, you name it. A top place to hone modern/digital public relations skills. Management is very well connected and team leaders are willing to share connections and resources, which can help solve problems that would be an issue if every team worked completely in a silo.

    Agency named Most Powerful Public Relations Firm in America in 2016.

    Cons

    Not the type of place for people with poor/average work ethics. Hours can be demanding and client/management expectations are very high. But the type of people who thrive here are the type who own their work completely. This isn't a "con" per se - merely an expectation. Not a super-easygoing "collegiate" work environment - more professional and demanding than that.

    Advice to Management

    Agency should consider more social work functions - more summer happy hours on the deck? - to take a respite from the work demands.


  10. "Account Coordinator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HL GROUP PARTNERS full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture even though the workload could be insane sometimes but thats PR.

    Cons

    Room for improvement in management.


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