Very professional, highly creative agency with excellent staff and management.
VP, Accociate Creative Director (Former Employee) – New York, NY – April 22, 2018
Work begins with reviewing client and account emails, and reviewing creative. I learned the importance of wording closely with art, account, and management. Harrison and Star was the most professional agency I've ever worked at.
Senior Production Manager (Current Employee) – New York, NY – March 2, 2018
H&S has many smart people and does great work for their clients. We start with status in the morning and review routes all day. Release jobs to vendors all day. Meet with teams to discuss specifics of jobs all day. Always learning and expanding knowledge. Creating great work that the clients like and need. Friendly people and positive feedback from peers and managers make this a nice place to work. We create material for many conventions and usually have little time to turn around the jobs so we often work late before these meetings.
Editor (Current Employee) – New York, NY – September 20, 2017
I was thrilled when I first started at Harrison & Star. Almost everything was an improvement on my previous position--the atmosphere, team dynamics, compensation and benefits. I especially enjoyed the feeling of community in the editorial department. I didn't mind when both of the brands I worked on got especially busy, because as a Junior Editor, I was eligible for overtime.
However, things changed in the spring of 2017, when the parent company (Omnicom) gave H+S notice that it had to move some of its employees from Manhattan to Jersey City. Although Upper Management expressed its disapproval of Omnicom's move, they made extremely poor decisions on who would move to JC. The ED department was cut in half, with half staying in NY and half going to NJ, which decimated morale and ruined the sense of belonging I felt. My commuting time increased, and the JC office has been a bit difficult to adjust to.
When I received a promotion, I should have been excited. However, as a Junior Editor, I had been eligible for overtime, which supplemented my somewhat meager salary. I had been hired at a lower rate, since it was my first position in pharmaceutical advertising, but I had proven my worth and expected a fair bump. As an Editor, however, I am no longer eligible for overtime pay, and the salary increase was laughably small, so I am making less than I did as a Junior Editor.
My final gripe is one that is difficult for large companies to overcome, and I've experienced it at other companies I've worked for. The problem is the total disconnect between Upper Management and everyonemore... else. H+S likes to say that its people are its most valuable resource, but the truth is that the people really don't matter. Inevitably, the company will suffer because it doesn't invest in/cultivate the many talented people who work there.less
generous PTO and benefits, casual atmosphere
Low pay, disconnect between Upper Management and everyone else
Art Producer (Current Employee) – New York, NY – March 1, 2017
Room for growth, start off with 20 PTO days, everybody is nice. Home/work balance isn't the best for those in account. It's not uncommon for employee to work until midnight when jobs are hot. While this is a great company, unfortunately account rules over creative and is more concerned about quantity than quality of work.
Client Accounting Associate (Current Employee) – New York, NY – August 10, 2015
Worklife balance is probably the worst thing about the company. Looks like a call center more than an office now with renovations. Other than that if you have a good manager the company can be very exciting and fun.
Office Clerk (Former Employee) – Manhattan, NY – September 20, 2014
A typical day of work was to report to the office by 9am. I would set up my computer at my desk and read e-mails to plan my day around what need to be done usually in order. I would then proceed to what need to be done in the main office first then I would travel to two different related-offices to transport documents and to pick up documents that needed to be brought back to the main office. I have learned how to interact with people very well, I also improved my typing skills, I managed to multi-task and lots more. I am very responsible when it comes to managing myself and my job duties that are assigned to me. The hardest part of the job sometimes was traveling. The most enjoyable part of the job is that I worked with all different kinds of people with all different personalities that has helped me understand how to succeed better.
Art Intern (Current Employee) – New York, NY – June 18, 2014
The culture at Harrison and Star is incredible. They support all their employees and treat them as such. It is not uncommon to see an executive joining the ranks of other employees, and work diligently alongside them. They believe in a strong work ethic, but having a fun experience at the same time. I think a lot of companies could learn from their business model.
Serious focus about the work, balanced with great culture.
Editor (Current Employee) – New York, NY – January 4, 2014
Harrison and Star is a great place to work, with tremendous, science-focused culture balanced by a good sense of humor, great teamwork, and humane treatment from the top down. Strong emphasis on employee growth and development.
Free coffee, Bagel Fridays, staff education and development focus.