Ketchum Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Pros
  • Great place to learn new skills but it's best to leave after a year (in 8 reviews)

  • There is opportunity to work with great clients and leadership is good at matching assignments to passion (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is essentially non-existent even though it is touted often (in 14 reviews)

  • Long hours, no compensation for overtime (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Best company!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good communication, happy staff, upbeat, flexible

    Cons

    none that i can think of


  2. Helpful (1)

    Incredible Place to Buld Your Career

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ketchum full-time

    Pros

    Amazing growth and educational opportunities. Provided you add value to the company, they will work to customize a career plan that's fulfilling and exciting. Many opportunities for mentorship from talented senior leadership. Strong client roster with satisfying creative and strategic opportunities. A global agency with an increasingly global, internationally connected feel. Highly highly recommend.

    Cons

    Cons aren't specific to Ketchum - but things that employees may find less appealing about agency life include billability requirements/time entry, being on-call based on client schedules, etc. That's the nature of the agency model though - and one that you get used to with time.


  3. Internship

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    Pros

    I really enjoyed my internship at ketchum and learned a lot. It is a great place to work

    Cons

    Cant really think of any


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  5. Director of Media Relations

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very collaborative atmosphere. Excellent compensation and benefits package. Opportunity to grow and advance. This company really cares about it's employees. One of the best places to work in the public relations industry.

    Cons

    Can tend to be cliquey. Preferential treatment to people who have been with the company a long time. Expectations for putting in long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget from whence you came. Remember to notice and reward good performers that may not be in the most visible positions.


  6. Account Supervisor

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This is a well-recognized name in the industry, with many prestigious awards. As an employee, you get the opportunity to work with some of the biggest brands.

    Cons

    Long hours, stressful environment, not enough staff.

    Advice to Management

    More staff is needed to carry the workload.


  7. Account Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great company culture; Lots of opportunites

    Cons

    Computers; Bad traffic and Parking;


  8. Pretty Good for a PR Agency

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    smart, talented people work there

    Cons

    it's a PR agency so there's a lot of work, difficult clients and very little work/life balance


  9. Innovative But Unprofessional

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ketchum full-time

    Pros

    I loved my experience working at Ketchum because of the people. There was a lot of out of office camaraderie, and they were very committed to training. They definitely had their eyes on where they wanted the company to be in 3, 5 and even 10 years.

    Cons

    Ketchum fostered a rather unprofessional work environment. Though the work was innovative, and they tried to foster a sense of team pride, the office was at times catty and very cliquey. Overall, it was manageable but at times hindered learning,

    Advice to Management

    Overall, the office is onto something great. But its important to include all employees in activities and encourage growth rather than popularity contests.


  10. great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    I worked at Ketchum full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, great people, good clients, supportive of its colleagues

    Cons

    Nothing big stands out as a con


  11. Employees are interchangeable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ketchum full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with big name clients.

    Cons

    Like most big agencies, you're viewed as interchangeable and it's all about getting as many billable hours out of you as possible without fully burning you out where you leave the agency. They were horrible at budgeting for extra staff when new projects came on board. Not a great work/life balance on most teams.



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