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Updated June 19, 2015
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C-K CEO Peter G. Krivkovich
Peter G. Krivkovich
26 Ratings

Pros
  • Great people, fun environment, cool clients, nice office space, perfect location (in 5 reviews)

  • Great people, smart people, good clients as well (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance, smaller clients (in 6 reviews)

  • see the title, plus upper management does not listen to their employees (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Would go back in a second (well maybe 5 minutes)

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You have to make the experience what you want it. You can either stay within your own team and not participate with the rest of the agency or get out there, be social and really enjoy all things C-K has to offer.

    Cons

    For some, work-life balance is a challenge. Some accounts could be boring.

    Advice to Management

    Look at everyone you have at your agency - their backgrounds, their experience, their goals - not just what job they currently have. You lose people that could have been great advocates for your agency.


  2. Happy to come to work in the morning

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at C-K (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great office location on Michigan Ave Newly renovated office space Friendly upper management CEO and President sit in the office and keep employees updated with agency news on a quarterly basis

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind for this.


  3. Amazing people!!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, team collaboration, potential for growth (dependent on the supervisor), lots of responsibility and industry experience, casual environment

    Cons

    On the flip side of potential for growth, some teams are very hesitant to promote and/or build the team up. Often times workload did not match with the number of employees. Work/life balance, but only certain teams/managers

    Advice to Management

    Be proactive in hiring. Don't wait until there's a crisis, such as someone leaving, to find candidates


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at C-K full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, flexible schedule, lots of additional perks including a foosball table, soda fountain and much more. Good people too!

    Cons

    As is the case with life at any agency, you many times don't get to pick your clients. Work can get monotonous at times but on the whole it's a good place.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. Truly a fantastic place that invents in employee happiness and cares about work life balance.


  6. Hidden Gem

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Milwaukee, WI

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

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

    Pros

    By FAR the best work life balance out of any agency I have ever worked in. The culture is really laid back and there are a lot of really smart people here.

    Cons

    Stuck in the old ages, kind of like Mad Men in here...don't understand digital.

    Advice to Management

    You need to beef up your social/digital smarts.


  7. Production Supervisor

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor

    I worked at C-K full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Young Company growing at alarming rate.

    Cons

    Bad culture among heads, everyone is out for themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Build a team of department heads with one goal as a common denominator, ensure the companies growth.


  8. Stale

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Great people, smart work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at C-K full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Loved working here. Really smart thinking and great culture.

    Cons

    Pay is standard for the industry. Work life balance is standard for the industry too.


  10. Good vision, great place to grow, clients (and some account directors) aren't always open to integration

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor

    I have been working at C-K full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Futuristic vision of marketing, if you're curious to grow and learn about an integrated marketing environment, C-K is an excellent place. Hard work and diligence are rewarded as well as loyalty and depending on team leads, provides an excellent work experience with collaborative colleagues. Additionally, many junior and mid-level employees get 'senior-level" experience unlike other larger agencies. Promotions and compensation for me personally have been year-over-year, depends on your team/dept. leadership. Additionally the people I've worked with for the most part are great,, which can lead to great work relationships and friendships even. Vacation, sick days, personal days and holiday season closure are very good.

    Cons

    The biggest thing former colleagues say when they leave is, "so much potential,but C-K gets in its own way." Most people want the agency to succeed because of that potential. While the integrated vision is working towards the evolution of marketing a slow transition is putting C-K behind when they once were poised to lead the way. Integration opportunities vary across accounts, some GADs/clients "get it," some don't. Folks who have worked there for a long time often understand the model where as newbies from pure plays often still work in silos but it depends on account leads. Lack of transparency from leadership, while sometimes validated has caused dissent within organization. The politics from senior GADs seeps cross departments and poisons the work. Also, those more senior from the old "advertising" world and "media" world are slow to embrace other disciplines and learn new marketing tactics ultimately disabling integration.

    Advice to Management

    Push professional development on those senior within the organization to encourage integration.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Worst company I have ever worked for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at C-K

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

    Pros

    A couple of people that worked there were nice but the majority were backstabbing, untruthful, manipulators.

    Cons

    Leadership uses people and then discards them when they no longer have a use for them. The staff is overworked, underpaid and underappreciated so they are all very unhappy and bitter. Please take my advise and do not work for this company. You will regret it.

    Advice to Management

    The people you hire are people. So stop treating them like garbage.



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