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Sharp Communications Reviews

Updated January 5, 2017
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  1. "Highly Recommend"

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

    I have been working at Sharp Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Passionate staff, friendly work environment (rare for a PR agency) great culture, amazing clients, upper management is dedicated to helping junior staff succeed and knows how to have fun. Sharp is a rare find in a sea of PR companies in NYC. Would highly recommend to a friend.

    Cons

    Long hours. Most people are in by 8:30a and out by 7p although Sharp does offer Summer Fridays


  2. "Boutique agency on Madison Avenue with A LOT to offer."

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

    I worked at Sharp Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Creatively-driven and fun, but focused, environment.
    Tight-knit, hard-working group.
    Diverse client portfolio with holistic approach.
    Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, on Madison Avenue.

    Cons

    Long hours.
    No television advertising accounts.
    Fast-paced.

    Advice to Management

    Keep building on what you've already made great.


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    "Great Learning Experience at a Prestigious and Successful Agency"

    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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sharp Communications full-time

    Pros

    Tight-knit working environment. Employees are young, ambitious, intelligent and very hard-working. Good benefits package. Vast and diverse clientele. Help to produce some of NYC's biggest and greatest events. Summer Friday's! Very fun celebrations! Management has a wonderful understanding of your personal life.

    Cons

    Can be long hours during busy times. Very fast-paced and high-stress at times - you've got to keep up!

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on! You guys are fun-loving, compassionate and very dedicated.


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  5. "Awful"

    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
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sharp Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Convenient midtown location
    Nice website
    Office has lots of windows

    Cons

    Astoundingly high client and employee turnover rate
    No leadership or direction whatsoever
    Questionable business practices
    Ethics not a part of the company vocabulary


  6. "Spends more time thinking it's great than actually being great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Pros

    Some very nice coworkers, convenient midtown location, decent vacation time for NYC, a good number of talented people in there. Agree with previous poster about great art department. Great media buying department too.

    Cons

    If you're not the type to suck up to management, then forget about any upward mobility. Even for a very small company, promotions are based on how sycophantic you are to management, and not merit. Main executives treat the company more like a social club than a business environment. Client-retention rate is low - employees would rather complain about clients behind their backs instead of actually trying to resolve issues in a professional manner. High turnover of employees - seems to be a place to earn one or two years of experience, then leave for bigger and better things. Bottom level employees do all of the grunt work and are treated like slaves.

    Advice to Management

    Deflate your egos, think from the bottom up. Reward merit and do not treat the company like a social club. Make certain executives accountable when they go missing for days, or weeks, at a time. Stop micromanaging EVERYTHING.


  7. "Average"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Pros

    - General collegial atmosphere
    - Decent vacation time
    - Easy to acquire higher titles (though pay may not necessarily rise with title)
    - Great art department, one of the best design teams I've ever seen

    Cons

    - Big vision and talk, but does not have resources to achieve goals. Some methods are extremely outdated, i.e. writing long press releases and mailing hard copies to journalists (no one reads these anymore), cold calling journalists to pitch stories, use of third-rate databases.
    - Needs more innovative practices aside from 'Write press release. Blast mass email. Create website. Done.'
    - Zero boundaries with work delegation. Work gets shelved to lower level employees who are stressed enough as it is.
    - Low pay (though it is a low paying industry across the board)
    - Management is inconsistent: sometimes you are thrown into the shark tank, other times you are micromanaged on unimportant details
    - Employees need better work/life balance. Publicists work 12 hrs/day, even longer during events.
    - High employee turnover.
    - No HR person/department, full-time accountant, or on-staff IT.

    Advice to Management

    Treat company more like a business. Great that everyone gets along, but we are employees first, friends second. Best practices are needed, HR and accounting new hires are crucial, and hire interns!


  8. "Pretty Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Sharp is a small company with friendly staff. Great clients with long lasting relationships. Growing company allows for career growth.

    Cons

    The size of the company is not for everyone. There are no clear systems or best practices for any discipline

    Advice to Management

    Create clear long term goals and communicate them clearly to employees. Honestly evaluate and understand your personal competencies and delegate the rest.


  9. "Welcoming Environment for Working, Learning and Building Lasting Connections"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 Sharp Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Sharp is a collaborative and creative company where employees are valued for hard work and dedication to both personal growth and the growth of the business. An open office environment creates a deep sense of camaraderie amongst employees and discourages petty competition. Senior management is accessible and open, and truly invested in the success of individual employees. Sharp works with a diverse range of clients, from fortune 500 companies to prestigious non-profit organizations, meaning that there is always something new and different to work on. Everyone at Sharp truly enjoys one another, which makes it a fun and welcoming place to spend the majority of one's time. Work hard play hard is a fitting motto, and there are many times when the company comes together to celebrate successes and let loose. Full of funny, smart and high-energy young people, located in the heart of mid-town Manhattan, and well-respected in the industry, Sharp is an ideal place to build connections and gain experience.

    Cons

    As with most companies and industries in New York, long hours are required and expected. Sharp is a growing company, and there is never a shortage of work to be done and employees sometimes feel there are too few hands on deck. The benefit is that the company's leaders are tuned in to everyone's work load, and employees are thanked and rewarded for their hard work.


  10. "Advice for entry level employment at Sharp Communications"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sharp Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Aesthetically pleasing office environment, pleasant employee interaction/ attitude.

    Cons

    Extremely high employee turnover rate, poor benefits, long hours.


  11. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Sharp Communications full-time

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere that fosters creativity. Lots of collaboration among PR, creative and event teams. Management tends to encourage independence, but they are also very hands-on (sometimes too much), and they promote their team well. Great clients mix, big brands and smaller. Work hard, play hard environment.

    Cons

    Can be very demanding. Sometimes it can be competitive to work on "favorite" accounts.



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