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United Talent Reviews

Updated May 2, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good entry into entertainment industry" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Industry events, learn to grow thick skin and work in a fast paced environment" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "most positions require long hours" (in 15 reviews)

  • "High pressure, low pay, promotions only available if you're related to the upper management" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Review of Agent Trainee Program"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Talent full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    UTA truly invests in its employees and is a incubator and educator of future industry leaders. It’s a demanding program, but that’s because they care about and invest in those in it. This industry as a whole has some ugly parts, but UTA has very thoughtful leaders proactively investing in those who enter the program and enhancing their experiences. If you work hard, are professional and show respect, they will help you.

    Cons

    The hours are long and it’s demanding. There is room for little else when you’re in the program, but they do not sugar coat that. You should know you’re getting into an intense program, and it’s definitely not a great match for all personality types.

    Advice to Management

    Get more fun snack choices in the office. The snacks were so limited and bland and it was degrading to wait for scraps outside conference rooms. Would be nice if there was a suggestion box for snacks!


  2. "Good"

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

    I have been working at United Talent full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Of all of the larger agencies to work for, UTA is one of the best. They have a structured training program that if you play your cards right will lead to promotion down the road.

    Cons

    Agency work can be very time consuming, but that's anywhere you go.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Agency Slave"

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    Current Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Talent (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easily the least corporate of the agencies. It's small enough to move up in and they hire internally.

    Cons

    HR will push you into a desk.

    Advice to Management

    stop looking the other way


  4. "Good experience, intense work environment"

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

    I worked at United Talent full-time

    Pros

    Great for networking, you meet tons of great people and gain very valuable experience if you want to work in entertainment

    Cons

    way too political. company pretends to care about employee growth but really couldnt care less about you. No incentives to stay and honestly its a poorly run company. Also the low pay is completely absurd.

    Advice to Management

    invest in your employees more, give them a reason to be loyal and you wont have such a high turnover rate. PAY THEM MORE. its practically slave work for the amount of hours being worked


  5. "Operations and Facilities Manager"

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

    I worked at United Talent full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and work perks. Awesome co-workers and staff.

    Cons

    Can be competitive and get lost in the crowd.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Hard to get promoted"

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    Former Employee - Agent Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Agent Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Talent full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    UTA will give you insight on how to navigate the industry. You will be on important phone calls and emails.

    Cons

    They will not reward the effort you have put in their company, will not think about your career and will allow verbal abuse.


  7. "Amazing Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Agent Trainee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Agent Trainee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at United Talent full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Access to everything happening in Hollywood.
    Get to see how projects really come together in both the feature and tv space.
    You get to work with some of the absolute best in the industry.
    As a trainee, you have have access to the various departments in the company, allowing you to find the place best suited for your interests and personality.

    Cons

    None for me. Some may complain about the long hours or the personalities you have to deal with BUT we are working in Hollywood after all.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Cold Environment"

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Talent full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Represent some talented names in the industry, free food can always be found around the office, nice office space.

    Cons

    There is a reason UTA has the lowest Glassdoor rating out of the three major talent agencies.

    The company will try to sell to you and say that they're really invested in seeing you grow, but you'll soon realize that there are favorites and once they decide they don't like you, you'll never feel like you belong in the space. Majority of the office conversations I witnessed were boring and lacked substantial meaning. If you're not someone who can immediately warm up and small talk to people about literal nonsense, you will be ostracized - despite being really smart and knowing your stuff. You have to appear a certain way in order to be respected, which highlights UTA's limited scope of accepting different kinds of people/personalities and different approaches to building relationships.

    In a similar vein, if you're looking for a place that embraces diversity - specifically racial diversity - within their internal employees, I implore you to look at other agencies. UTA has no committees/groups for employees of color, which makes some employees feel further isolated in this specific environment UTA has curated. I'm still so perplexed that they go on and on about their diversity numbers yet have not made the effort to create diversity & inclusion groups. I don't even know if they have someone whose job it is to focus on this; if they do, he or she has been doing a terrible job.

    Oh, and of course, how can I write a critical review of this multi-million dollar company without highlighting their ridiculous hourly wage of $13/hr? You'll find that a good majority of people working there are all rich because they can afford to live off of this. So yeah, back to that diversity issue...

    Advice to Management

    Rather than just writing in Hollywood trades that UTA is bringing in different kinds of people, actually... I don't know, do it?


  9. "Pressure cooker, but very worth it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at United Talent full-time

    Pros

    Branding department is great. Genuine, nice people that don't fit the typical "agent" stereotype. Once you put in your time, so many doors are opened for you.

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Overall good experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Agent Trainee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Agent Trainee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Talent full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You learn a lot of intangible skills that will transfer wherever you end up:

    Working with big personalities
    Dealing with stress
    Meeting deadlines
    Building thick skin
    Attention to detail
    Building relationships (your mailroom class is an invaluable resource to you)

    Great entrance into the industry or for whatever you want to do. You just have to be patient.

    Cons

    Very political and flashy, as the entire entertainment industry seems to be. You have to be able to let things bounce off of you, aka don’t take everything to heart or else it’ll eat you up.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of making it an environment where you’re trying to “weed out” the people who don’t want to be agents, make it a place where you’re trying to keep who you hire. You have some people that come in with one foot already out the door because they know to an extent how they will be treated by certain agents at the company.


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