Ketchum – Why Work For Us?

Ketchum - Ketchum - United States

Thanks for taking a look at Ketchum. We’re an innovative communications firm that ranks among the largest global public relations agencies (2,300+ employees), operating in more than 65 countries.

Any public relations agency can claim to be the best in the business, but few compile the award-winning history to back it up. Here are a few examples of awards we’ve recently won:

  • Winner of more Silver Anvils than any other agency - awarded by the industry’s largest professional organization, the Public Relations Society of America.  
  • Winner of PRWeek’’s (U.S.) Campaign of the Year Award for an unprecedented three years in a row.
  • Recipient of International Consultancy of the Year at the PRWeek (U.K.) Awards.
  • Campaign of the Decade, 2010 – Holmes Report.
  • Ketchum was ranked 2nd in the 2011 Sociagility social media report.


We often get asked by clients and prospects about what sets us apart. In fact, that may be the toughest question in the business. Maybe the best way to answer is through the results of extensive surveys we conduct with clients and staff about what attracts them to Ketchum and why they stay with us.

“Ketchum is a collegial work environment with high standards/values;”

“I love the people I work with and I love the atmosphere/culture;”

“I like the people, I support the agency's mission, and I got my start here and hope to spend much of my career here.”

In addition, many of Ketchum’s “boomerangs” have said of their return to Ketchum, “It feels like coming home.”


Ketchum people aren’t standard PR agency “types.” They’re uncommonly curious, smart and passionate about what they do. They like a good challenge, but they like to challenge conventional thinking even more. It’s what makes them the kind of people clients trust with some of the best known brands in the world, and what makes Ketchum a special place to work.


Ketchum prides itself on its reputation for providing the best learning opportunities in the industry. Opportunities for learning and professional development have always been crucial to Ketchum -- learning is at the core of our work.

Ketchum’s dedication to employee learning continues to translate into value for our clients. As account teams servicing and counseling our clients become more refined PR practitioners, they create programs that are increasingly fresh, creative and effective for our clients. We believe that employee learning is an investment worth making, and we continue to raise the bar we have set as the industry leader in this category.

Ketchum Reviews

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Ketchum CEO Rob Flaherty
Rob Flaherty
42 Ratings

    Incredibly talented agency. Teams work hard & play hard.

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC

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


    Cutting edge PR firm offering an integrated suite of services to clients and comprised of the most talented and brilliant professionals. Company as a whole practices great internal communications, backed by a supportive/present HR team and offers all types of training opportunities to keep employees engaged and growing with the latest trends in our industry and our clients' industries. Opportunities to pave your own career path and seek challenging work. Good pay compared to other agencies, pay increases outside promotion cycles, and bonuses as a result of award-winning work.


    Work-life balance, as with most agencies, is difficult and heightened when staffing is strapped. Stressful environment juggling client deliverables and needs across accounts. Management training needs enforced and supervisors should be held more accountable to the growth and development of their direct reports.

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    Focus more on motivating and developing junior staff to eliminate burn out and turnover. Need better structure in place for supervisor-to-direct report relationships. Offer mentorship program.

    Positive Outlook
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Ketchum Interviews

Updated Dec 2, 2014
Updated Dec 2, 2014

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    Senior Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Ketchum.

    Interview Details

    Was contacted by a recruiter on LinkedIn, conducted several phone interviews and then met with team members in person. Didn't hear back for several months (was told the position was never filled) and HR reached back out to me for the same position. I met with several more team members in person to determine what account teams I would be on, completed a writing test and received an offer within a week or so.

    Interview Questions
    • No curve ball questions, but more about demonstrating your passion for the industry, fresh thinking and examples of when you've gone above and beyond to ensure smart work vs. just completing a task. Mostly judged on your approach to questions and situations.   Answer Question
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    Received offer over the phone and negotiated higher salary and additional PTO during same conversation.
    Accepted Offer
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Ketchum Awards & Accolades

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Large PR Firm of the Year, PR News, 2010
Top Places to Work in PR, PR News, 2010
Top Places to Work in PR, PR News, 2011
Agency of the Year, PR Week, 2011
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Additional Info

Headquarters New York, NY
Size Unknown
Founded 1923
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Business Services

Ketchum is one of the world's largest PR firms. The unit of advertising giant Omnicom operates through more than 100 offices spanning nearly 70 countries in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Ketchum operates through five practices: brand marketing, corporate communications, food and nutrition, health care, and technology. The company also has specialty areas devoted to digital, global research, clinical trial recruitment, and change management, while Ketchum Sports & Entertainment unit forges relationships between brands and Hollywood, assists with contract negotiations for... More

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