Kelly, Scott & Madison

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Kelly, Scott & Madison Reviews

Updated May 16, 2014
Updated May 16, 2014
5 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media Supervisor  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Kelly, Scott & Madison full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Privately owned
    Mid-sized
    Friendly enviornment
    Innovative and agile
    Competitive Salaries
    Good benefit package

    Cons

    Movement to the top spots can be restricted by size of company and lack of attrition at the top.
    Given our size we attract smaller clients which can be a pro and a con (smaller budgets but you learn creative planning strategies to make the most of the clients' budgets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training at the manager levels will help them to grow and mentor junior staff
    Continue to meet with managers at all levels to better understand their needs/issues

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Enthusiastic fun awesome environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Kelly, Scott & Madison full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I've been here for several years and it's been crazy awesome how we've grown. The client diversity and integration between offline and offline is something that I've not experienced at my previous agency. Open door policy with senior mgmt.. Here they know my name and actually care about what I think.

    Cons

    Sometimes understaffed and as we grow I sometimes don't know the names of the people around me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep growing I love it here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fun work environment, leadership is lacking.

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

    I have been working at Kelly, Scott & Madison full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance.
    Good holiday schedule.

    Cons

    Lack of experienced mentors in upper management.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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    Expect to work hard and work harder. That's how the phrase goes, right?

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Kelly, Scott & Madison full-time

    Pros

    Great people, good foray into the media world. Everyone at KSM has incredible drive, determination, and motivation (essentially because those are the only types of people who can survive at KSM).

    Cons

    Poor work life balance (if you dare leave at 5, people secretly talk about what audacity you had to leave at 5. surely you must have had some life threatening emergency to tend to, trying to leave work at a reasonable hour). Little to no room for upward mobility. Everyone is stuck in their position unless someone quits/moves on, which seems to happen often in the world of KSM once people realize their time and talents can be better appropriated, compensated, and appreciated elsewhere. Communication between departments is minimal to nonexistent. Sheer volume of work to be done on a daily basis makes it virtually impossible to take on any additional roles/learning opportunities. Consider it normal for your stress level to be at an 8 out of 10 on a daily basis. Also, if you like trees, don't work here. You kill about a forest a day printing papers (in case you didn't get the memo, KSM still thinks it's 1985)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and appreciate the hard work of your employees, and compensate and reward them in accordance to that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Good first step

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Kelly, Scott & Madison

    Pros

    KSM is a great place to get your foot in the door of the media industry, in which the classic catch-22 of needing experience to get experience generally applies.

    Cons

    Very little pay for a lot of work.
    Monotonous, often tedious work.
    A very small company, so little hope of advancement without significant turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership for the most part is wonderful - understanding of a desire and need for personal time off and willing to share their thoughts.

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