Capstrat

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Capstrat Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
12 Reviews
3.9
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Not your typical agency. B2B work makes for a much more brain-bending day at the office, but in the best way possible.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Capstrat part-time

    Pros

    Great people. Great office environment. Challenging but rewarding client projects. Run-of-the-mill company values. Creatives often feel very siloed and as though their creativity has to be diluted.

    Cons

    Opportunities for growth, mostly. A little bit political in some operational capacities. But that's just a facet of being bought by Ketchum, probably.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know each of your employees on a personal basis so you can really understand the value they add (or not).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Started out great, but went downhill after Ketchum acquisition.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Capstrat full-time

    Pros

    Capstrat provides a great opportunity to work on unique projects in several different industries. The fun and intelligent staff makes each day interesting and rewarding.

    Cons

    Capstrat does not provide many opportunities for growth, and does not reward hard work with promotions. Pay raises that don't even amount to a cost-of-living raise were common, and one of the reasons there has been a mass exodus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in tune with your employees and make sure to take care of them, or else they will continue to use Capstrat as a stepping stone for much better and lucrative opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great range of work, smart people

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

    I have been working at Capstrat full-time

    Pros

    The breadth of work opportunities keeps me here. I can't imagine working on the client side and being stuck with just one client. And the brainpower is inspiring.

    Cons

    The work is hard and if you're driven to excel, you'll be putting in a lot of hours. It can be very hard to get promoted, unless you're a young account person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build in more protection for work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging, fulfilling work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Capstrat

    Pros

    Great people. Work-life balance. Encouraging management. That and more is what you'll find at Capstrat. The work is challenging and the outcomes is fulfilling.

    Cons

    The culture has rapidly deteriorated. The company is shifting into a new iteration of itself and it's been a bumpy ride.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Art Dir/Designer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Capstrat full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance and strong managerial interaction. Almost to a fault. Everyone is very nice and Capstrat can be a very fun place to work.

    Cons

    It's a stellar agency that does what it does well but as a creative I found it stifling. Most direction is dictated by the account side of the house which can be very frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring it back in to the creative side of the house.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Wonderful place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Capstrat full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Capstrat is a diverse group of bright, hardworking, passionate people who love what they do. Great work/life balance and culture of respect and camaraderie.

    Cons

    Lack of innovation in terms of creating new products and tools - client work takes priority

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Devote more resources to innovation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to intern and start out in the PR/Comm world

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Services Intern in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Client Services Intern in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Capstrat as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people. Great culture. Great clients.

    Cons

    Hardly any. Sometimes can be slow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Pushing a rock up a hill

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Vice President in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Capstrat full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, Nice work space

    Cons

    President was not understand want was going on in the company and who was working and who wasn't. Creative Director was snide and only pretended to care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you say your values are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good variety of clients, industries, and people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Capstrat full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Capstrat is full of intelligent, driven , inquisitive people. They come from varied backgrounds in Public Affairs, Public Relations, Design, Interactive, Social Media, Writing/Content, etc. They range from 20-somethings to 60-somethings. They all have one thing in common, they want to help their clients solve critical problems and grow their business. I have seen many people come to Capstrat and really climb the ladder. Not everyone can cut it, because the workload can be demanding, but those that give it their all are certainly rewarded for their efforts.

    Cons

    You have to look long and hard to find something to complain about at Capstrat. The benefits, compensation, training budget, PTO, health care, etc. are all more than fair. If there were one complaint, it would probably be from some client teams that are having growing pains and are buried under the workload. Those teams will grow though and the load will get lighter when they do. Capstrat is notorious for slowly hiring, because they only hire the best. Seems like a smart growth strategy to me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. In the worst of times you have still managed to grow at a rapid clip. You are doing many things right. Be aware of where the growing pains are most severe and attempt to alleviate those more quickly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Above average communication firm

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Capstrat

    Pros

    Prestigious clients
    Challenged to be a "step ahead"

    Cons

    LONG hours and no additional compensation or time off
    Investment in the development of employees was not formally established.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more specific development plans for junior staff so that it's clear what path they can take to moving up in their career.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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