C-K Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated August 2, 2014
Updated August 2, 2014
40 Reviews
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  1.  

    Integrated Agency

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

    I worked at C-K full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Agency leadership is committed to the integrated model. Entrepreneurship is rewarded and ideas are considered, regardless of level. Good ideas and hard work are rewarded. Flexible hours and fun working atmosphere - foosball, cornhole, parties, beer fridges, etc. Lots of opportunities to get involved with new business and to make a name for yourself.

    Cons

    Integration sometimes doesn't make it beyond the senior leadership. At the day-to-day level, it's sometimes just as silo'ed than in other agencies so you have to sometimes be proactive in pushing greater integration. Lots of professional development opportunities available, but no formal process or structure for taking advantage of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recommend improving and increasing internal communications and establishing a little more structure around professional development and internal awards.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    C-K provides a very good work and life balance while also allowing planners to gain experience planning all types media.

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    Current Employee - Media Planner  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Planner in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at C-K full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Relatively easy hours, older more experienced coworkers, stable jobs without layoffs.

    Cons

    Lower end of salary spectrum, significant turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide your mid-level employees with a base salary that is comparable to the market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Non Existent

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Executive in Chicago, IL

    I worked at C-K full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The creatives and the creative department are strong and know how to put out good work, that is all. ECD does a good job.

    Cons

    Management does not have an understanding of what it truly means to run a company, let alone an agency. It is not all about putting money in your pocket. Management is evil, dishonest, and they only look out for themselves. This place could be great, if they treated their employees well, and didn't steal from their clients and employees. The hours are awful, the demand and paperwork is endless, and the pay is little to nothing for the amount of work that is asked. Wish all the people who intend to work here or interview here, read these reviews.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Smart People and Good Ideas

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at C-K full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very intelligent group with an overall openness to ideas that are rooted in sound strategy. Great new offices and friendly environment. Excellent place if you want to be treated like an adult and do good work.

    Cons

    If you aren't someone with your own mind and ability to express yourself, this might be a challenging environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to grow office culture and foster voices from all levels of the organization.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Politics, politics and more politics

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at C-K full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Competitive salary
    Some really good, smart people
    Fair, hard-working and smart top management (the very top)

    Cons

    Intensely political (I can't stress this enough)
    Kiss up, kick down culture, especially at the SVP level (some, not all)
    Back-stabbing
    Care more about prospective clients than current clients
    Top management is disconnected from the reality and culture of the agency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be fooled by the SVPs that are kissing your asses. They are jockeying for position and power and waiting for the imminent sale of the agency so that they can get theirs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Ask lots of questions of the agency

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Senior Manager Position  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Position in Chicago, IL

    I worked at C-K full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    C-K is a very creative and aggressive shop, and has a good reputation for their work. The compensation is very competitive for most positions, and even better than competitive for senior positions.

    Cons

    This is not a well managed agency. Most senior leaders are detached from the mid and entry level staff, and their is a significant gap between senior mangement and younger, potential leaders. Part of the reason is the work load heaped on mid and lower level staff, and part is the lack of engagement from the leadership. Anyone interviewing there should spend a lot of time talking to peer level staff (if they let you), and asking hard questions of the group leader about work styles, work loads, opportunities to be engaged with other areas of the agency, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to take a serious look at how they are developing future leaders, don't be afraid to have open, honest and tough conversations about the integration of the agency, and become more engaged with all of their staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Boys' club atmosphere, terrible management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at C-K full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Casual work environment, beer fridge, lots of free food

    Cons

    • Frat club, homophobic atmosphere
    • Disorganized, poor process
    • Terrible management, at all levels
    • Poor pay; 1% pay increases at review time, even after a glowing review
    • Care more about $$ than employees
    • They say they want to promote people, but in fact will hold people back as much as possible while at the same time giving them glowing reviews.
    • Long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The boys' club atmosphere isn't cute anymore. It makes people uncomfortable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Messy, over-worked, underpaid, overall not great

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Planner  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Planner in Chicago, IL

    I worked at C-K full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    fun clients (some)
    emphasis on research, planning is an important part of the process

    Cons

    see the title, plus upper management does not listen to their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    encourage growth and do not talk down to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Mid Size agency to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at C-K full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    privately owned, chance to work on multiple accounts

    Cons

    a bit more 'corporate' than other agencies in town.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of all the offices - doesn't help with team building.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    An agency that values clients over employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at C-K full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The pros for this company are far less than the cons for this company. Some of the pros about working for C-K: great location, nice views, friendly co-workers, great social events, cappuccino machine, and I can ride my bike to work.

    Cons

    The cons for this company far outweigh the pros. Some of the cons for C-K are: Absolutely no work-life balance--not even in times of emergency, managers lack of expertise in the field of advertising and marketing, company expects you to work 60-80 hours a week with no additional compensation, disconnected senior management who care more about the bottom line ($$$) than they do about the people who make this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a long hard look at the talented people that work at C-K. Most likely a majority will leave in the next 12 months unless you make changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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