Ketchum Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
108 Reviews
3.9
108 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great place to learn new skills but it's best to leave after a year (in 8 reviews)

  • There is opportunity to work with great clients and leadership is good at matching assignments to passion (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is essentially non-existent even though it is touted often (in 14 reviews)

  • Long hours, no compensation for overtime (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great culture!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Account Supervisor
    Current Employee - Managing Account Supervisor

    I have been working at Ketchum full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Hard working, you will learn a ton and you will work with some of the smartest people in the industry.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be hard to find sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great People, One of the Better Agencies

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ketchum full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Superstars will find limitless opportunity - build your own career here. People are generally wonderful and collaborative. Company culture is not cut-throat, but very communal.

    Cons

    Those same superstars may also find themselves over-burdened; work/life balance is a challenge as at most agencies. Times are challenging right now and the company doesn't seem to be making wise decisions for growth.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great Think Tank!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at Ketchum as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Inspiring entrepreneurial and idea generating environment.

    Cons

    Departments can be a little "clicky"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to learn

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ketchum

    Pros

    Nice people
    Access to leadership
    Good portfolio of clients

    Cons

    Very slow to fix employee problems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate higher

  6.  

    Experience is what you make it

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Account Supervisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Managing Account Supervisor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Ketchum full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Ketchum is a place that allows you to grow, but growth won't just be handed to you. Work hard and raise your hand to opportunities and don't be afraid to create an opportunity that doesn't yet exist.

    Cons

    Rise above office politics and learn to navigate around some department heads that are afraid to confront staff at any level head on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Ketchum is the one of the most renowned global public relations agency and a great place to work with great culture.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ketchum full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ketchum has a lot of International clients, the agency is highly professional, has a global range and offers a very driven work environment with a good work-life-balance.

    Cons

    Not very flexible, when it comes to switch locations within the company (international mobility)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good co-workers, solid culture, general respect for employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ketchum full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with; Generally have a relaxed culture

    Cons

    Working for an agency often comes with clients you don't like/feel gross about working for

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great - friendly, flexible and interested in employee growth.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ketchum full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everyone who works here is great, they allow you to grow in areas that interest you, you have flexibility to request to work on certain clients or pursue passions and did I mention everyone is awesome?

    Cons

    Old school, not enough free beer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be less corporate feeling with the old school structures.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great team, great people, pay/benefits could be better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ketchum full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Overall I'd say this is a good place to work and I'd recommend people to work here.

    -Smart people
    -Lots of interesting clients and work
    -Opportunity to grow and build a career
    -Really great culture, love the CEO
    -Milestones of the month are great
    -Drink cart every Friday!

    Cons

    There aren't any huge cons that make Ketchum different from any other PR firm. The pay could be better.

    -Not great pay
    -Not enough vacation
    -Lack of integration between 3rd and 4th floors
    -Meeting billability goals can be stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More vacation days would be great!
    I enjoy the transparency of the agency - monthly meetings are great

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fun and Interesting Company to Work For

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Ketchum as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    work/life balance, fun clients, opportunity to learn/grow

    Cons

    team dynamics, job openings are limited

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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