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Harrison and Star Reviews

Updated March 22, 2019
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Pros
  • "Not many, some nice people but they are few and far between" (in 8 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "work life balance depends on your client" (in 16 reviews)

  • "long hours, difficult to move up within company" (in 9 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. Helpful (1)

    "Nice, mediocre pharma ad agency"

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harrison and Star full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Friendly work environment
    -Pretty good benefits as an employee
    - Well maintained process
    -Safe

    Cons

    -Not a strong creative agency, not exciting
    -Many people do not care
    -Pay is not very competitive

  3. "Late Nights"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive

    I have been working at Harrison and Star full-time

    Pros

    Friendly teams who are willing to help.

    Cons

    A lot of late nights working on constant launches.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Used to be Great"

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

    I worked at Harrison and Star full-time

    Pros

    Used to be a great place to work with caring people, team collaboration and great company culture. I loved going to work...

    Cons

    Then Larry Star retire, senior management retired or were laid off....and new senior management came in. Needless to say it is now a mill, just like every other agency....

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management needs to worry about keeping their staff, especially those who were mentors, leaders and able to train. As far as I can see from the outside looking in, the agency is a shell of the greatness it once was.


  5. "VP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harrison and Star full-time

    Pros

    People make this place out of everything

    Cons

    Long hours and staff is short

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "GAS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harrison and Star full-time

    Pros

    great team building culture in nyc

    Cons

    work life balance depends on your client

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Exciting time, IF YOU'RE NOT GETTING LAID OFF"

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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

    Pros

    None. Place is dead.

    Cons

    I saw some SVP comment here H&S is going through an "exciting" time of change. I'm sorry but for whom is this exciting? How about you tell that to the multiple departments' worth of people who got laid off? Get a grip.

    Advice to Management

    Lay yourself off since this business downturn is due to your own poor judgment.

  8. "SVP, Account"

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    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 Harrison and Star full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are super smart. The new structure that the new CEO, Mario Murredda implemented, allows for collective and individual growth. It's an exciting time!

    Cons

    There's been a lot of change in management and structure. If you aren't use to change and being nimble, you may have a hard time. m

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Art Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Harrison and Star full-time

    Pros

    -Worked with lots of cool people
    -Generous benefits/PTO
    -Laptop to take home to make WFH a lot easier

    Cons

    -Not a very creative environment at all—tons of recycled ideas
    -When the clients are horrible, they will leave you high and dry
    -Working hours were awful most of the time and the expectation was that you were to be available and reachable all time time


  10. Helpful (3)

    "The end of a once good agency"

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    Former Employee - Lead in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lead in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harrison and Star full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Its a convenient location and a good learning experience in the pharma advertising industry. Some nice people.

    Cons

    Clueless management has turn a difficult transition period into a massacre, with wholesale layoffs and rapid fire resignations. The agency is being turned from a specialty house into just another cookie cutter Omnicom franchise (you can get the same burger from every McDonalds just like the same re-hashed creative work from every Omnicom agency) using the same outsourced and shared services as every other Omnicom agency. Hasn't anyone at Omnicom figured out that outsourcing hasn't worked?

    By the way, Ty Curran is not the CEO anymore. He was forced out and an ax-man from Omnicom has taken control. Ty would never have treated people like this.

    Advice to Management

    What goes around, comes around. You will also end up fired just like the hundreds you have fired for Omnicom.