C-K
2.7 of 5 35 reviews
www.c-k.com Chicago, IL 500 to 999 Employees

C-K Reviews

Updated Jun 10, 2014
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2.7 35 reviews

                             

54% Approve of the CEO

C-K CEO Peter G. Krivkovich

Peter G. Krivkovich

(13 ratings)

37% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Smart teams, but bogged down by too many processes

    (Current Employee)
    Milwaukee, WI

    ProsC-K hires good, smart people. Our creative teams do amazing work. The media team is smart and thoughtful in their planning. And the people here are genuinely nice. Many employees have families and roots in the community, but there are also some transplants. There is no one here that I dislike working with.

    Work-life balance is manageable. There are busy times and light times - you just need to take advantage of your light times. Great holiday schedule.

    ConsToo many processes being forced upon by upper management. Sometimes things take too long to get done.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Smart People and Good Ideas

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsVery 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to grow office culture and foster voices from all levels of the organization.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    ProsThe overall office is very welcoming. Even if you aren't working with every department all the time, people are always friendly.

    ConsNot a great work life balance. Terrible with properly on-boarding teams to new clients.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust because you can get away with understaffing doesn't mean that you're creating a great environment to work in. If your departments are drowning in the work you do have, you need to fix it before you lose said employees and clients.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Tolerable at best.

    Art Director (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe location and interior space is a good reason to work. A couple of nice people, but they don't get to make decisions that count. There are enclosed offices with sliding glass doors. It's much better than working in trendy offices with open floor plans.

    ConsCompensation is not great. Shady business and politics. Terrible management all around.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet new management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Politics, politics and more politics

    Supervisor (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

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

    ConsIntensely 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 Senior ManagementDon'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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Politics, paranoia and personal pets are the order of the day.

    Vice President (Former Employee)

    ProsCompetitive pay, good benefits, financially stable.C-K is a reputable shop doing workmanlike work for mid-level clients. If the culture is a good fit for you, it can be a great place to gain experience and build your career.

    ConsQuestionable leadership. As a result of heavy turnover at the top and ongoing power struggles between executive staff, it isn't the agency it used to be. If you're looking for an agency that values ideas and open, honest communication, this may not be the place for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCheck the egos at the door when making decisions that will determine the future of the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ask lots of questions of the agency

    Senior Manager Position (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsC-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.

    ConsThis 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 Senior ManagementManagement 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Scrappy

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSmaller office allows for individuals to collaborate with and meet many people across agency.

    ConsMinimal lower level account staff left supervisor titles with no one to supervise and executing the work of 3 people.
    Pressure to work long hours, weekends, and holidays without recognition or reward for hard work or successes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Boys' club atmosphere, terrible management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsCasual 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 Senior ManagementThe boys' club atmosphere isn't cute anymore. It makes people uncomfortable.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Messy, over-worked, underpaid, overall not great

    Senior Planner (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementencourage growth and do not talk down to your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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