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Harry Fox Agency Reviews

Updated October 5, 2017
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  1. "anonymous"

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

    I worked at Harry Fox Agency full-time

    Pros

    Good place to learn and start your career, great work environment, good work/life balance.

    Cons

    HFA was acquired by SESAC and many job functions moved down to TN. Lots turn overs over last 4-5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work promoting SLINGSHOT business....create more jobs in ny and bring back the fun and family cultural back....


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Shenanigans"

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

    I worked at Harry Fox Agency full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and PTOs, suit working parent

    Stepping stone into media industry

    Was friendly workplace for many years

    Cons

    Monthly royalty jobs, taking 1 month to run (not kidding).
    Major clients complained for years
    Royalty table had billions of rows, no partitions
    In tests, found royalty ran 40x faster, using empty table
    Told business to run overnight, using empty table.
    Mgt livid, upstaged php brain trust.
    Oustered same week, mgr said I "mislead everyone".
    Cat out of the bag, so mgt needs solution.
    Coworker revisited "misleading" email / implemented.
    Worked fantastic, he received award.
    Go figure?

    Mgr had no dev. exp. in legacy platform and had rudimentary php, js skills. Specs often contradicted existing code. Changes have to coexist with current business logic

    Created 5 pdf pages on legacy system. Took 6 wks to dev./deploy(normal). Took phpers 3.5 yrs to rewrite/deploy. It was claimed php 10x more productive, act. took 29x longer (irrational exuberance).

    Legacy developers had deliverable dates. php developers, had ongoing research projects (2 cultures).

    Cto yelling at developers to learn or get out, same time banned from macbook use for 3+months, mgr punishment for something.

    Advice to Management

    Don't politicize simple solution. Big impact, for little work

    Cost benefit of aws lost, if 6 wk task lasts 3.5 yrs (cloud cheap/labor exp.)

    php, js, ajax is not "bleeding edge" (google/copy/past/adapt)

    Don't use training for reward or most developers quit again (employee market). Dog training model, doesn't work on people.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Inexperience"

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    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harry Fox Agency full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great PTOs (5 wks)

    give you all federal holidays

    good health and dental

    Cons

    Inexperienced mgt

    Removed part of opt out royalty. Authorized to do clandestine fix. Oustered to keep it secret

    Moved legacy licenses to new stream, without tracking Ids. Therefore no royalties on those licenses. Developer not told of requirement

    25k viable licenses not created. Loose end in program. Told don't worry about it. 1 year later became an issue.

    Wrote # of specs to fix ongoing issues. Mgr reviewed them and handed to her friends. Let go, told everyone i "made misleading statements"? (duplicity).

    Advice to Management

    Don't assign tasks to inexperienced people. Causes bad data and deploy bugs.

    Do full cycle test (licensing + royalty). Check results of 1st run (double check)

    Dont give recognition awards, based on friendship (silly)

    Dont hide mistakes, by oustering people (dishonest)

    Fix system issues, before read it in mainstream press


  4. "GREAT COMPANY"

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

    I have been working at Harry Fox Agency full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Co workers are the best in the Mechanical Licensing industry

    Cons

    I have no comment for cons. The company was/is great.

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Used to be better"

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

    Pros

    Benefits, PTO, great co-workers, spacious office floor, relaxed dressed code.

    Cons

    stressful, overworked, understaffed, underpaid, high turnover, no clear direction from upper management after acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and invest in your employees, and also pay more for the amount of work they do,


  6. Helpful (5)

    "No future"

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

    I worked at Harry Fox Agency full-time

    Pros

    Good place to learn music licensing

    Cons

    Terrible morale, low pay, limited resources, stressed systems

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people, training, technology


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Marketing Coordinator"

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

    Pros

    Good Friendly Environment. Pretty Laid Back

    Cons

    Not the best pay or benefit

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Royalties Distribution"

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

    Pros

    Friendly overall staff, fun work material

    Cons

    unfriendly supervisor who favored her friends.

    Advice to Management

    don't favor your friends.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Needs Direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harry Fox Agency full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The pros are:

    1. Benefits
    2. The music industry knowledge you gain
    3. The friendships you make

    Cons

    The cons are:

    1. Low Pay
    2. Disorganized Management
    3. No room for career growth

    Advice to Management

    Get organized, show employees that there is room for growth within the organization and have better open communication.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Meh"

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

    Pros

    Good place to get started in the music industry. Awesome coworkers. Everyone loves music! Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Company always had its issues. With the recent acquisition by Sesac things have gotten worse. Moral is awful, and there is no vision/direction. Upper management has done very little to address the concerns of their employees. Lots of projects have been canceled or moved to Sesac. There is also high turnover and little room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency, and stop acting like your employees do not exist!


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