C-K Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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C-K CEO Peter G. Krivkovich
Peter G. Krivkovich
24 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)

  • Terrible management, long hours - seemed no one cared about putting WAY too much on your plate, and the clients suffered (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Loved my internship experience. C-K has a great work environment and employees that are willing to help you learn.

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at C-K as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I loved interning at C-K because of the relaxed, fun, work environment. All of the employees are great and willing to take time out of their day to help you learn.

    Cons

    The only downside is that the office is small. It is not the place to work if you want a large agency environment.

  2. Production Supervisor

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    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.

  3. 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.

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  5. Great people, smart work

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    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. Beautiful company

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

  11. Great agency with really smart people.

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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 (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.

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