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Harrison and Star Reviews

Updated August 15, 2018
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Pros
  • "Overall people are nice but unless they are on your team there's no interaction" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Great culture, good accounts, nice office and working environment" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/ Life Balance, timelines etc" (in 15 reviews)

  • "People are often asked to work on multiple brands, or on understaffed teams, leading to long hours and a horrid work-life balance at times" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "cool"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harrison and Star full-time

    Pros

    pretty cool place to work

    Cons

    too cool for school sometimes


  2. "Smart employees making due within a flawed model"

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

    I have been working at Harrison and Star full-time

    Pros

    Process-oriented; account-driven; smart employees; flexible WFH policies

    Cons

    Little empowerment for account to manage client financials

    Advice to Management

    Push other departments to take accountability for lackluster performance and departmental billing - creative leadership is generally MIA from day to day brands and focuses entirely on pitches and big projects

  3. "project coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harrison and Star full-time

    Pros

    some of the nicest people to work with

    Cons

    acorss every dept very very underpaid


  4. Helpful (2)

    "RUN AWAY!! Going down the drain!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harrison and Star full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - *some* smart people
    - good place to learn about pharmaceutical advertising
    - pays decently well

    Cons

    - Very account-focused. Account drives everything, often times thinking up ideas that are hard to implement in the often times unreasonable timelines.
    - Run by top level managers who are not digital-savvy at all.
    - Lots of managers who shouldn't be managers -- don't want to train their team, care more about the politics, etc.
    - Very top heavy hierarchy. Lots of supervisors, group supervisors, managers, directors, SVPs. Take some of these some managerial-sounding words, throw them together, and you have a new title that means nothing.
    - Ever since tighter integration with OHG, all remnants of the culture that was there are gone. No sense of oneness. Shifting people around to make room for other Omnicom agencies makes it feel like we're just numbers being moved to spaces that don't even work for what we need to do our jobs.
    - Lots of late nights. See bullet #1.
    - Fake transparency. Regular-ish town halls where the new CEO pre-selects questions to answer and lies with a straight face.

    Advice to Management

    - None. This place is going down the drain and Omnicom doesn't care anyway because all they care about are the numbers.


  5. "Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Pros

    Fun free food animals to ride

    Cons

    Low pay, jerk coworkers - naked day

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  6. "Creative"

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

    I worked at Harrison and Star full-time

    Pros

    good salary and bonus, nice atmosphere, some great creatives.

    Cons

    no work balance life, Operations is useless. Lot's of politics, people who are there should not be but because they know someone at Omnicom, they are allowed to stay. Clients rule, Account management rules, creative does not.

    Advice to Management

    Stand up for good creative. Get rid of some operations folks, they are useless


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Harrison and Star Review"

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

    I have been working at Harrison and Star full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, good accounts, nice office and working environment

    Cons

    Depending on the team you work on can be very difficult to get promoted and move up.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace your talent. I’ve seen to many good people leave due to negligence to promote those deserving it

  8. "Cool company, interesting work"

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    Pros

    I was an intern, and they had a well-established program

    Cons

    Not a lot of work for interns to do


  9. "Director of Client Service"

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

    I worked at Harrison and Star full-time

    Pros

    Strong group of highly skilled professionals across all functions. Well developed processes and operations group to ensure high quality work product. Many subject matter experts in all aspects of various therapeutic areas. Including very good oncology focus.

    Cons

    Sometimes processes can be seen as the 'ends' as opposed to the 'means' but that is the operations side taking pride in their role and responsibilities.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not a good fit"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harrison and Star full-time

    Pros

    Salaries are a lot higher than standard agencies if you are new to the agency. Overall people are nice but unless they are on your team there's no interaction. Open floor concept, sort of.

    Cons

    Antiquated process and overall communication is not great. Big office but feels gloomy and dark. No work life balance, at all. A lot of launches and late nights. No actual server for work aside from "hands on," and for the art team. Very account focused.

    Advice to Management

    An ad agency needs more than your account team to flow smoothly. Invest on a server besides hands on.


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