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  1. Great Company for the Right Individual - Some of the Best People I've Ever Worked With

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CKR Interactive full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Overall, probably the smartest, most talented, passionate and capable people in the industry. Great vision and leadership. Always looking toward what's next. So (pleasantly) different than other national recruitment ad agencies that just try to push their suite of products. A truly independent, ethical company that really partners with clients. In some areas, truly like a family.Overall, really good people that work very hard, have fun and are great at their jobs.

    Cons

    Not for everyone. Every member of the team has to make a real contribution. This is not a "come in, do your job and leave" type of place; you need to be really invested in your work. Need to make an impact quickly.

    Advice to Management

    No question this company "gets" it and does it right. Don't change what makes it so special. Also, turnover is inevitable in this industry, but need to work harder to make sure good people are rewarded and brought along, especially in account service.


  2. Absolutely best recruitment advertising agency in its class

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CKR Interactive full-time

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

    Pros

    CKR Interactive is a top line agency in a hugely competitive industry. It is a small company filled with incredibly bright, fun, talented, and extremely knowledgeable people who all work very hard. Most of all it is first rate in both its creative team and the interactive team, thus delivering work that matches and often outshines much larger agencies. CKR is headquartered in Silicon Valley and thus benefits from a large labor pool of talent which CKR has chosen from wisely to stay innovative. CKR is constantly striving to exceed even its own cool factor which is already considerable.

    Cons

    The environment only makes sense if you have a passion for recruitment advertising and marketing. It it is not your idea of a really good time than you will probably think you are working long hours. But honestly, it comes with the territory.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve on a consistent methodology of communication between all regions of company.


  3. Helpful (1)

    BAD LEADERSHIP

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Facing in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Client Facing in Campbell, CA

    I worked at CKR Interactive full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Some flexibility, fun culture, good group of people

    Cons

    Poor leadership, no structure or process, no raises and low pay but expected to always do more and work more. CEO does not think for himself, likes to listen to the wrong people who are not in the office environment or client facing and thinks they are super smart in everything.

    Advice to Management

    Make some changes soon or you will lose all of your best people. Stop making your employees feel like they do nothing and that CKR is the best company out there - it's not.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Overworked and underpaid

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA

    I worked at CKR Interactive full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - Casual work atmosphere
    - Working with some great clients
    - Drinking

    Cons

    If you don't mind:

    - Doing the job of 5 people and getting paid the salary of less than one person
    - Having someone else take credit for your work
    - Politics and drama galore
    - Being bullied by management and having to constantly manage upwards

    Then this is the job for you...

    Advice to Management

    Stop and reevaluate your upper management teams. There is a serious lack of true leadership. There is bullying and favoritism everywhere and nothing is being done about it. You might think you are creating a "fun atmosphere to work" but really you are creating an atmosphere that is very reminiscent of a Middle School Playground. There is a reason that there is a high turnover, and it is because of key people in upper management that have been there for many years. CKR could be a fun place to work if there were some major overhauls done with senior management.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Overview working for CKR.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator

    I worked at CKR Interactive full-time

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

    Pros

    Great employees on the team.

    Cons

    Management very bad. Salaries poor. Not a great place to work. Company has its favorites. If you are not a favorite forget it. No opportunity for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees. Don't think that all your employees are not trust worthy. Support your whole team. Don't play favorites.


  7. Helpful (1)

    No Leadership, No Structure and No Growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA

    I worked at CKR Interactive full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Smart team of people, fun environment, great clients.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, low pay scale, high turnover as no employee retention strategies.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that the employees are who make the agency successful and to take a moment and take care of them. Leadership is poor and needs a revamp, starting at the top.


  8. High expectations to produce and sell.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Service
    Former Employee - Account Service

    I worked at CKR Interactive full-time

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people are part of the group.

    Cons

    Sometimes unrealistic expectations. Political environment.


  9. Awesome company, especially for those with drive and determination.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA

    I have been working at CKR Interactive full-time

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

    Pros

    -Work at CKR is what you make of it, as fun and creative as you want it to be and every idea is welcome.
    -Open door policy is company-wide and comes from the top down. Whether you need advice, help with a task, want to brainstorm ideas and recommendations for clients, everyone is willing to help and pitch in.
    -It’s a global agency that gives you the opportunity to work with partners in other countries on different projects. The exposure to work is vast and you get a lot of meaningful experience right away versus other companies where it may be years before you get to speak with clients and attend meetings.
    -Continued learning and development is part of the industry. We are constantly exploring and developing the latest and greatest strategies, technologies, etc. to benefit our clients.
    -Every day is different and brings new tasks and challenges and while some admin tasks have to get done no matter what role you are in, for the most part you can look forward to lots of variety in your job.
    -Fun activities at the corporate office such a happy hours, Friday breakfasts, potlucks, parties, etc. We love having fun and it usually involves food and beverages.

    Cons

    -Agency life isn't right for everyone, especially in a small environment where everyone is visible. You certainly can't coast through and hope you don't get noticed. Everyone is critical to the business and if you’re not on your A game it is felt and seen by all your team members.
    -There aren’t defined job descriptions here, so people who need a lot of direction and need to stay confined to their set of responsibilities or aren’t comfortable with ambiguity won’t be happy here.
    -If you’re not innovative or willing to push boundaries, this isn’t the place for you. People who enjoy status quo often end up leaving.
    -Advertising is a tough business. Long hours, client pressure and little pay, but if you have the passion and a positive attitude you’ll be just fine.


  10. A truly rewarding career. A company that recognizes hard work, and strives for industry excellence.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA

    I have been working at CKR Interactive full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Your opportunity at CKR Interactive is exactly what you decide to make of it, if you thrive in an autonomous atmosphere then this would be your perfect match. The organization is very flat in hierarchy, and everybody has the opportunity to make a difference at any level. The culture is very family oriented, and our CEO really cares about the people and future of the company. I work with a very dedicated team that takes each and every new challenge head-on, and is serious about making an impact in the industry.

    The Goodies: Holiday parties, Once a month friday happy hours, weekly friday morning breakfast, and an awesome group of people to work and collaborate with.

    Cons

    CKR Interactive is a company that has been growing exponentially over the last few years. With any major growth of an organization comes growing pains, and making sure to maintain sustainability during the transition. This is a true agency environment, and one that focuses on staying ahead of the curve. If you are looking for a 9-5 punch-in and punch-out job on a consistent basis, they may not be a fit for you. An agency represents not only themselves but a growing list of organizations, so there is no shortage of time spent on maintaining an excellent level of service, and quality solutions for our partners. In short, agency life is what it is, and always will be. Ambition, motivation, creativity and a great attitude highly recommended.

    Advice to Management

    The one thing I can say about management, is that they honestly care about the success of the company. They are a team of do'ers that have made a difference in the organization. Sometimes transitioning from being the person who gets the job done to managing a team who gets the job done can be an interesting challenge. My advice is to make sure to focus on making that transition as best as possible. Keep up the current motivation of growing the company to become a culture of industry leaders, and the ideal choice for it's partners.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work where they truly care for one another

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Campbell, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Campbell, CA

    I have been working at CKR Interactive full-time (More than 5 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people: CKR has a group of amazing, intelligent and caring individuals. Everyone operates as a family and offers support and knowledge in every way they can. The CEO has an open door policy to everyone, no matter what role you play and truly cares for his employees.
    The culture: Fun and vibrant environment, offers a lot of flexibility to employees to focus on personal things outside of work when necessary and is never questioned. Senior management have great knowledge, a lot of advice to offer, and value open, transparent communication.
    The work: The biggest factor for me is the outstanding quality and level of work that is put into each and every project that we do for our clients. CKR thrives to provide the best level of service, strategy, creative and innovative thinking for their clients. The work is not easy and sometimes challenging, but the amount of learning and exposure you get is phenomenal. In the end all of the hard work you put in is worth the rewards and the end results of working for a company that truly cares for their employees.

    Cons

    I don't think there is any company that is perfect. Like all other successful companies, CKR does expect hard work and out-of-the-box thinking from their employees, this is not a place for someone who wants just a job, it is demanding at times and you do wear many different hats so you have to have the passion for hard work and be okay with putting in extra hours when necessary to get the job done, I love the challenge and am very career-driven so this is a great fit for me as the rewards are well worth the hard work!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to innovate in recruitment advertising and keep up the hard work in all that you are doing to keep CKR a great place to work as well as the best agency for their clients!



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