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Creative Artists Agency Reviews

Updated 20 June 2018
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  • "The long hours & overtime you will have to put in for low pay" (in 38 reviews)

  • "Long hours, low pay but worth it if you take advantage of your resources" (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "interview"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Creative Artists Agency (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back interview, wasn't sure what to expect. was asked if i knew about the company. sounded like a good place to work for.

    Cons

    A lot of over time, not great pay, not the worst either. Lots of hours to work but again, i'd say it's worth it if its something you want to do.

    Advice to Management

    Better starter pay i guess. The staff are happy so I don't think its run all that bad. Great environment to work at. I enjoyed it.


  2. "Assistant (Music Department)"

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

    I worked at Creative Artists Agency full-time

    Pros

    Fast-paced environment where you work with some of the most dynamic young people in the entertainment industry. The perks are elite for each department you work in. The networking opportunities are invaluable and will lead you to a better position whether you advance to an agent or decide to work elsewhere.

    Culture is one-of-kind for a corporate space. You will find something to do outside of your desk every day whether it is diversity committees or company events for your department.

    Cons

    - The salary is way too low for the hours. It is looked down upon if you report OT
    - Not much mentorship if you don't a personal connection to an agent.

    Advice to Management

    - Check in with assistants for feedback on the supervisor and company more often
    - Pay better than the industry standard

  3. "Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company and you'll learn a lot

    Cons

    Horrible pay and long hours

    Advice to Management

    -Pay more


  4. "Assistant"

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

    I have been working at Creative Artists Agency full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative cultural - incredible opportunity to network.

    Cons

    Low pay, each department follows the same path for promotion.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed Feelings Overall"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Creative Artists Agency full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong assistant community, great exit opportunities, agents/execs accessible to a certain extent, very strong benefits package.

    Cons

    Pay is embarassing, no clear internal career trajectory, culture can be oppressive.

    Advice to Management

    Be better at walking your talk about how everyone here is family and valued and important and all that. Pay people based on their contributions rather than their tenure. Be more transparent about HR processes and practices. Acknowledge that health matters and support employee efforts to maintain theirs. This stuff should be easy, right?


  6. "Agent Assistant"

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

    I worked at Creative Artists Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great health benefits and other perks like free movies and concerts. Fun environment for some departments (like mine). Great stepping stone for other opportunities - having this on your resume is gold.

    Cons

    Lots of politics. Hard to move up and get promoted unless you're well liked by the right people. Pay is super small, but benefits make up for that if you value that. Most departments fear HR more than life itself.


  7. "Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Creative Artists Agency full-time

    Pros

    Good start in the industry, an agent helped me get my next job

    Cons

    Insanely high volume, the pace becomes exhausting after a certain amount of time

  8. "Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Creative Artists Agency full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Incredible education of the business
    -Unparalleled access to resources
    -Great preparation for later jobs in the industry
    -Great name for resume
    -Most people are nice

    Cons

    -Horrible pay
    -Overly long hours
    -Outrageously political
    -Strict internal hierarchy
    -Lack of diversity in all possible ways
    -The work as a clerk or assistant is unstimulating intellectually
    -Feeling invisible and uncared for by the collective
    -Mailroom system is absolutely preposterous

    Advice to Management

    Pay assistants more


  9. "worth your time but don't expect to make any money"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Creative Artists Agency full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to the entertainment industry, meet a lot of people because everyone is similar in age and interests

    Cons

    don't make enough money to support yourself; moving up is difficult; it's easy to feel like no one cares about you


  10. "NOT FOR EVERYONE"

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    Former Employee - Assistant
    Former Employee - Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Creative Artists Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    *Building a network in entertainment (but don't stay for more than 1.5 years unless you want to be an agent)
    *Good health benefits
    *Sense of camaraderie
    *Name opens doors in the industry

    Cons

    *Absolutely relationships/networking based promotion structure
    *Not intellectually stimulating or challenging
    *Culture that enables abusive bosses
    *Salaries are a joke and perpetuate nepotistic nature of the business
    *Section of the entertainment industry that rewards hustlers and networkers
    *The entire mailroom system is ridiculous -- an absolute waste of talent and resources
    *Mailroom clerks were forced to wear full business attire, but spent a good chunk of their time doing physical labor

    Advice to Management

    Nothing you haven't heard before.


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