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Updated Jun 3, 2014

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3.0 10 reviews

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Jeff Corbin

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40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    The perfect place for a smart, hard-working person who is reading and willing to learn

    Account Executive (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsYou have to be tough, smart and ambitious to really succeed at KCSA—and if you are, you’ll be welcomed by a management team who is eager to teach, mentor, and offer advice throughout your career. It’s rare to find a firm where even the junior-most members of staff are given access to C-suite clients, encouraged to brainstorm and strategize alongside partners and managers, tasked with projects that require critical thinking, and expected to contribute alongside experienced veterans as essential members of account teams. That’s all true at KCSA. You’re given credit for your work and you’re fairly compensated; you’re encouraged to ask questions and grow. Sure, there are obligatory tasks and menial projects, but managers work to foster your growth and assignments are truly tackled as a team. For all of these reasons, KCSA is a really great place to learn, grow and launch a career. You’ll learn and you’ll actually like the people you work with.

    ConsAs with any fast-paced job, you’re expected to work until a project is completed. That might mean you can leave at 6:00, but that also might mean you have to get to the office at 7:50 to prepare for a big meeting. In other words: you’re never forced to work long hours just for the sake of putting in facetime, but sometimes longer hours do come with territory. Also, as with any office, there's some discrepancy in supervisors' management styles, so some people are easier to work with than others.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire smart people. When you hire someone who can't keep up with the rest of the team intellectually, it puts that person at a disadvantage (despite how eager and hardworking they might be...)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Only for those who need experience or are desperate

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- There is a good work life balance - you will be out the door before 6:30 PM daily.
    - Many of the clients are start ups which allows you to get involved in some interesting business and opportunities
    - There is a lot of camaraderie among the junior staff

    Cons- There is extreme turnover, in both staff and clients. (In two years the roster for both changed dramatically)
    - The senior management team takes out their personal aggression on the juniors in such an unprofessional manner.
    - The company says "they work lean" but it only means the accounts are understaffed and
    - The CEO is so focused on his new business that he does not pay attention to the needs of KCSA as an agency
    - The partners walk around the office screaming obscenities like they are in a frat house rather than a business setting
    - Daily arguments and screaming coming from management on the office floor which leads to daily tears from the junior staff
    - Management would rather throw juniors under a bus then work on a solution to help and benefit the clients
    - The egos of the partners are really the worst enemy of the company - they will cause this agency to either get sued or eventually go under.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider a mentorship program to retain younger talent. There is extreme turnover at the lower level and the management uses the excuse of "that's the industry." In addition remember that KCSA is the company, not theIRapp, and it needs to be nurtured and cared for as much as this new venture.

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

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    Great stepping stone for your career, but low morale and very high turnover.

    Account Executive (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsAbility to work across multiple groups within the company. Constant contact with management and higher ups allows for beneficial feedback. Work directly with client C-level executives across multiple industries.

    ConsFrat house. There's no leadership until things need to get done, at which point it's chaotic and forced. Expect to spend a lot of time pitching your clients to the masses, unless you have a manager that has a plethora of connections and he can book you easy meetings that don't add value to the clients' shareholder base.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward the few hard working young people who keep the company sustainable. Set up an alert system for weekly/monthly items for each client and distribute them through the managers. Promote the hard workers more visibly to motivate the rest of the staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I worked at KCSA

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSmall office with a lot of transparency. You will almost never have to work past 5:30 and the office is located in a great location.

    ConsThe management team is very unorganized and half of the managing partners sexually harass female employees daily. The CEO inherited the company from his father and is focused on side projects more than the agency.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Smart People. Great Environment. Like a Second Family.

    Rather Not Say (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsVery intelligent counselors. Strong work ethic among the partners and employees. A caring environment and beautiful offices with great location. They really do it right here.

    ConsRapidly growing firm with a fast-paced workday. Not a good fit for the lazy, clockwatching set. You will be expected to work hard but they don't require face time so you can actually have a life... unlike most NY agencies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementVery little to complain about. The partners are great.... but always very busy. I wish I could spend more time learning from them directly.... but that's life. They should definitely get more interns to handle some of the less engaging stuff but even the partners are willing to roll up their sleeves and get dirty.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Avoid unless desperate

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe people at the top are a little shady (my humble opinion). Now that is no reason not to work somewhere, but it does not help. The CEO inherited the business from his dad, and installed a few of his buddies in the top spots. His buddies are likely the “current employees” who wrote 5-star reviews. They work, party, and fight like college roommates. It is definitely a house of "bros" and women there used to complain about this. Now my experience was over a year ago, so this may have changed… But I doubt it.

    ConsThe review that said that this is a good stepping stone to a better agency is right. It is a decent stepping stone company for a junior level employee - if you can survive a year of dialing for dollars, lots of pitching of stories or micro-cap companies. If you are more experienced and have any business contacts, be ready to burn them in order to get your paycheck. Good hands-on experience writing releases and media plans, and lots of face-to-face time with clients (small companies mostly, but great experience developing client skills if you are just starting out).

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is a small company, and you need buy-in from employees to be successful. Ask them for feedback on what is working and what is not.

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

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    Great title bumps that help when you leave, but poor morale and high turnover

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsPromotions given every year or so, so you can move up quickly. The hours good for the industry, and you will be out by 5:30-6pm. Management is casual about vacation and time off, and you can work from home when needed.

    ConsFraternity house atmosphere. Very low pay for positions lower than MD. The company is virtually unknown in industry (but titles help). Frequent, and often open, staff fights. Poor HR procedures (Lawsuit in waiting).

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncentivize performance of lower ranks through bonus pool. Address morale through company events. Improve workplace harassment reporting procedures.

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

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    The Managing Partners are cheap, they'd rather give a title change than a raise.

    Design Director (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsStepping stone to a better agency like Ruder Finn or Hill & Knowlton

    ConsBenefits and salaries on the low end of competitive — no chance for advancement to senior management as the senior management does not trust it's employees to grow with the company. As a result employee turnover is high.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay better — enable promotion from within instead of outside.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Positive Intern Experience

    Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsI truly learned a great deal from my internship at KCSA. It was a great way to experience how to work in a high-pressure environment.

    ConsThey were unable to afford to hire and there has been a very high turnover rate recently because nobody is truly happy working there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConnect better with your employees, spend more on interns, include inters in the staff meetings and aside from that it was a great experience.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place for a career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompany is growing, there is a clear vision for the future and the management team truly cares about work/life balance.

    ConsKCSA was relatively thinly staffed, but its gotten much better.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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