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Harrison and Star Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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Ty Curran
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Pros
  • GREAT people at nearly every level of every department (in 6 reviews)

  • Not many, some nice people but they are few and far between (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Not very good about work/life balance (in 10 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 7 reviews)

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  1. "AWESOME Company to work at"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people from management down
    Process is very organized and streamlined
    People know what they're doing and because so work gets done on time
    Great hours, no micromanaging
    Management listens and lets you run with your ideas

    Cons

    Some accounts the work gets stale
    I'm trying really hard to think of CONS but this is a great place to work

    Advice to Management

    Keep things lively, move people around to different accounts or multiple accounts


  2. "Art Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harrison and Star full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and peer relations. Motivating environment with plenty of educational content.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted. Creatively restricting clients.

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved with employees, provide timely and accurate feedback, and reward employees for their hard work and dedication.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Demanding, but rewarding"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good people and a fun company culture. My first pharma gig, so I can't compare to other companies, but the pay and benefits seem decent.

    Cons

    Not very good about work/life balance. Expect to work a lot of late nights and some weekends. Seems like there's a lot of office drama.

    Advice to Management

    Be better about rewarding high-performing employees, especially those lower in the pecking order, and be better about bringing in help during the busy times to keep your teams from burning out.


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  5. "Creatively STIFLING!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Copy in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Copy in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, but that's about it.

    Cons

    As a senior creative, I found it COMPLETELY Account-driven -- an uncreative place with a creatively stifling culture.

    Advice to Management

    Totally process-driven. Obsessed with having everyone act, look, behave and work the same way. Hence, the turnover.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Middle Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Middle Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Harrison and Star full-time

    Pros

    OK place to work. If you are looking for steady secure job, this is the place for you. Most of the people are nice and respectful. Good medical benefits and 401 K match.

    Cons

    Premium job titles are given to unqualified people. Salaries are below grade. Tribeca does not supply many amenities. Work life balance is not equitable, too many hours for too little pay. Peer reviews are tough, they only look at the extremes, and those extremes are used against you, one disagreement can cause a permanent negative comment on the employee HR file, which result in no promotions, 2% raises and very low morale.

    Advice to Management

    The wealth needs to be spread out to the people who get the work completed: the day to day people. Presently this is not the case. Ty, Mardene, and Mario: open your eyes and stop treating people like fools. You complement our talent, but you let that talent leave at a 40% yearly clip. We work hard, give our time for low salaries and $300 bonus in April. Its funny that people who have been there 10 years, never knew about the February Feedback and real bonuses that H&S hands out. I know this because one of those employees told me about the wonderful bonus they received the second week of February 2016. You are paying senior managers excessive salaries to say the word "Yes" to clients. Pay the day to day people better, we make that "Yes" happen.


  7. "Assistant Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, fantastic training opportunities via agency-wide courses

    Cons

    long hours, difficult to move up within company

    Advice to Management

    Value young talent, or else they will continue to leave to competing agencies


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to work"

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

    Pros

    People are nice, and the business is undoubtedly expanding. This provides a sense of job security, and an opportunity to have more varied exposure across high science fields.

    Cons

    By all accounts salaries are below market rate, especially for employees who are promoted from within. This is not much of a meritocracy, but that can be attributed to the marketing firm structure, as such clear distinction between levels naturally leads to fracturing and an large scale presumption that an individual must rise one level at a time regardless of capability.

    Advice to Management

    Help foster an environment where producers of exceptional work are appropriately recognized and rewarded for their contributions


  9. "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is capable and work hard, team work makes everything easy, growth opportunities, very friendly environment, located in a nice area easy to access using public transportation.

    Cons

    Not the best place if you're looking for life and work balance.


  10. "Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harrison and Star (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great process system with amazing mentors.

    Cons

    Excessive work hours, almost every team was under staffed at the time.

    Advice to Management

    Work closely with your junior account team, it will facilitate collaboration and improve quality. Be a mentor.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Assistant Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working for a pharmaceutical advertisement company that is marketing immunotherapy treatment for lung cancer. Gained a deeper understanding of business to business marketing in the medical field.

    Cons

    Not a very good work/life balance. You have to be prepared to work long hours with little in return in terms of monetary compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on work/life balance with employees, as well as monetary compensation for employees willing to sacrifice their social life in regards to the greater good of the company's performance.


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