C-K Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
40 Reviews
2.9
40 Reviews
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C-K CEO Peter G. Krivkovich
Peter G. Krivkovich
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  1.  

    Smart people with a fresh approach

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people, culture, and clients. It's refreshing to work in an environment in which people genuinely care about the work they do and each other. The people are very smart and passionate and collaborate well across departments. I feel as though different perspectives are valued because leadership understands that this how we produce the best work. Perks are good and policies seem fair.

    Cons

    There are no major challenges. People are most successful at C-K when they share their opinion and work hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue communication across offices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Loved the teams I worked with.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at C-K as a contractor

    Pros

    It's a small enough agency you have an opportunity to stand out, but large enough to have the necessary resources.

    Cons

    There are favorites. Management is stuck in what they have been doing vs what they should be doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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 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
  7.  

    Smart teams, but bogged down by too many processes

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    C-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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Smart People and Good Ideas

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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 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
  9.  

    Assistant Media Planner

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at C-K full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not a great work life balance. Terrible with properly on-boarding teams to new clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Tolerable at best.

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    Current Employee - Art Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at C-K as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    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 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

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