Ketchum Reviews

Updated July 28, 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

    I have been working at Ketchum

    Pros

    good communication, happy staff, upbeat, flexible

    Cons

    none that i can think of


  2. Innovative But Unprofessional

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

    I worked at Ketchum full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  3. great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


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  5. Great company to start career

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Ketchum (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    + Incredible employees: intelligent, driven, creative + Great clients: Fortune 500 clients + Room for growth: great opportunities for professional growth

    Cons

    - Improvements to promote work/life balance


  6. VP Digital Strategist

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President, Digital Strategist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President, Digital Strategist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Ketchum

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

    Pros

    They are vested in your professional and personal development and don't just talk the talk. This company really rewards initiative with opportunity.

    Cons

    At the lower levels, people tend to feel like cogs... then again, I think this is a critique of the PR industry more than Ketchum specifically.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize talent early and nurture it. There are so many specialties that folks can explore, and I feel that one's value and sense of purpose both benefit from being a specialist. PR folks are easy to lose at lower levels because the rigor and low pay. Giving someone the feeling of investment rather than toil can go a long way in retaining them.


  7. Great place to call "home".

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ketchum full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Smart (and nice!) people, top tier brands, competitive salaries, values strong talent, excellent growth opportunities if you are committed and willing to do the work.

    Cons

    Agency life isn't for everyone, some aspects of office space, etc. could use some updates.


  8. Great company

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

    I have been working at Ketchum full-time

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

    Pros

    It's a great company. Very collaborative environment. Opportunities for growth. Recognition and compensation increases for strong performers. Culture is important.

    Cons

    Finance and getting reimbursed for expenses is the worst. They treat their employees like criminals.


  9. Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ketchum

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    not a bad location or office design

    Cons

    interns are swept under the bus in every department

    Advice to Management

    be more engaged


  10. Fake it to make it

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great reputation and resume builder

    Cons

    The new HR is disappointing and childish. They play favorites based on cliques and power rather than talent.

    Advice to Management

    Ole boys networks get you into trouble eventually (even when they are women)


  11. Dream Job - Dream Situation

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

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

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

    Pros

    Management is incredible - truly care about where you want to go in your career and life. Supervisors are well-versed and go out of their way to teach you - entry level, up. CEOs, partners - very humble, not too big to speak to even interns. Positive hierarchy with lots of room to grow, especially those who are specialized.

    Cons

    Lots of work - but it'll push you to be the best employee possible.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to care for the entry level as we follow your lead.



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