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United Talent Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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  1. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Inclusive atmosphere, great benefits and perks as an employee

    Cons

    little integration and collaboration between departments

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! Great company to work for with a real personality and character


  2. "Agent Trainee Pros and Cons"

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    Current Employee - Agent Trainee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Agent Trainee in Beverly Hills, CA

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

    Pros

    Young office. Good entry into entertainment industry.

    Cons

    Long hours and low pay.


  3. "assistant life"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Beverly Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Talent (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You start with a class and it feels as though you are in college, as well as you learn more than you could even imagine!

    Cons

    Some of the agents are tough and hollywood is tough.


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  5. "Agent trainee - feature talent agent asst."

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

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

    Pros

    Great access to all the big players in the business. Perfect place to start. Plenty of perks if you know where to find them.

    Cons

    Long hours for little pay. Very difficult to move up in most departments.


  6. "All depends on your boss"

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    Former Employee - Assistant to Agent in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant to Agent in Beverly Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opens a lot of doors, great access to power players (and scripts/info)

    Cons

    If you have an abusive boss, your life will be hell.

    Advice to Management

    Be less tolerant of abuse.


  7. "Opens Doors for Career Advancement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Talent (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful offices, exceptional benefits and opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Long hours and the environment may be too fast-paced for some.


  8. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Definitely a foot in the door for anyone interested in the entertainment industry. The name alone carries substantial weight in getting interviews and other jobs within the industry.
    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Wish the intern program was a bit more intensive and tailored for a great intern experience (i.e. month-long projects, etc.) instead of just unpaid work.
    Provide more updates and feedback. Interns can continue being unpaid interns for several months and assistants can continue in the same position for several years without much hope or insight into if/when they will be promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Include more opportunities for assistants and interns to feel empowered and valued.


  9. "Bad."

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    Former Employee - Assistant to Agent in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant to Agent in Beverly Hills, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at United Talent (More than a year)

    Pros

    Just like all agencies - UTA is the entrance into everything entertainment. Give them a year and you can get some of the best jobs out there. Definitely a great starting point.

    Cons

    Rough environment. Not a lot of diversity. Can feel like an ego driven frat house at times. The smartest people aren't hired but the most connected people.

    Advice to Management

    Poor management. Michael Conway the CAO should be forced to retire. He gave some of the worst 'advice' and was a catalyst for my eventual exit. Likes to talk about himself. A lot.


  10. "Could use a management shake-up"

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    Former Employee - Agent Trainee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Agent Trainee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best agents in the business work at UTA and if you can get on their desks you can use it as a platform to find some of the most coveted jobs in the industry.

    Cons

    Some of the worst agents and executives also work at UTA and their obstruction prevents the firm and its employees from working to their full potential.

    Advice to Management

    Run the company like a start-up. Strip away excess spending and fire unproductive agents or those who don't fit into a more focused and progressive firm culture and vision. Focus on employees and operations that will continue to add the most value to resources.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Yuck"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant to Agent in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant to Agent in Beverly Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Talent (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great name recognition, impressive client lists for partners, board members.

    Cons

    Experience entirely dependent on the agent you work for. Conway is a great guy, but based on my exit interview, it's clear they've never had/never will have your interests in mind - it's about revenue.


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