C-K Reviews

Updated April 9, 2015
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C-K CEO Peter G. Krivkovich
Peter G. Krivkovich
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  1. Great Experience

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    Former Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at C-K as an intern

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, fun environment, cool clients, nice office space, perfect location.

    Cons

    As an intern, I didn't really notice any cons.

  2. Stale

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Organized, efficient, nice people mostly. It's the midwest. There are a lot of accounts to work on

    Cons

    It's overall boring, which you wouldn't expect for a creative shop with such a good reputation. Most of the accounts feel stale, and the day to day culture is mostly non-existent. The new ECD Ken could however pump much needed enthusiasm into the place.

    Advice to Management

    Stop sitting on your laurels. Higher management seems to have a "better than thou" attitude that the advertising industry doesn't have room for. And every time we hear Peter speak he seems to talk about "reduced margins" better never about the standard of work that is being created.

  3. Amazing culture, smart leadership, innovative people

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    collaborative, 360 approach, smart organization, good benefits and compensation

    Cons

    work life balance, smaller clients

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  5. Great agency with really smart people.

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Independent agency with a very friendly environment. C-K is a full-service agency with truly integrated teams, so there's a lot of opportunity to grow outside your role. The pace can be a bit crazy at times, but they really do a good job of giving junior people a voice and the opportuity to own more senior-level projects.

    Cons

    C-K has it's problems just like all agencies, but they do make an effort to address and correct issues.

  6. Beautiful company

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    Former Employee - Analytics in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Analytics in Chicago, IL

    I worked at C-K full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1,Employee friendly
    2.Flexible work location
    3. Frequent parties at office

    Cons

    1.Lack of diversity,there is hardly any other race than whites

    Advice to Management

    Try to make the working population racially diverse

  7. Integrated Agency

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. 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 (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lower end of salary spectrum, significant turnover.

    Advice to Management

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

  9. Helpful (1)

    Non Existent

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    Former Employee - Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Executive in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

  10. 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 (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (1)

    Politics, politics and more politics

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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