Ketchum

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Ketchum Reviews

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
110 Reviews
3.9
110 Reviews
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Ketchum CEO Rob Flaherty
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Incredibly talented agency. Teams work hard & play hard.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge PR firm offering an integrated suite of services to clients and comprised of the most talented and brilliant professionals. Company as a whole practices great internal communications, backed by a supportive/present HR team and offers all types of training opportunities to keep employees engaged and growing with the latest trends in our industry and our clients' industries. Opportunities to pave your own career path and seek challenging work. Good pay compared to other agencies, pay increases outside promotion cycles, and bonuses as a result of award-winning work.

    Cons

    Work-life balance, as with most agencies, is difficult and heightened when staffing is strapped. Stressful environment juggling client deliverables and needs across accounts. Management training needs enforced and supervisors should be held more accountable to the growth and development of their direct reports.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on motivating and developing junior staff to eliminate burn out and turnover. Need better structure in place for supervisor-to-direct report relationships. Offer mentorship program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Been working for Ketchum for a few months now and absolutely love it! Best company I've ever worked for!

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

    I have been working at Ketchum full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people you work with, the flexibility, the culture, the reputation

    Cons

    Nothing as of now and I don't really see that changing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Ketchum

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Ketchum full-time

    Pros

    Ketchum DC is fun and the ppl are nice and friendly.

    Cons

    Employees are not given their do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing company with great people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    -Wonderful, smart, articulate people who are funny, great writers, collaborative, hard-working and passionate about clients and what they do
    -Incredible focus on talent development (career opportunities, relocation opportunities, the ability to create your own career path and role, great training and tools, amazing HR teams)
    -Great midtown location and great office perks and activities (in-office manicures, sports club discounts, Omnicom employee discounts, running club, weekly beer and wine bar cart on Fridays)
    -Amazing roster of top-tier clients for bragging rights and exciting work

    Cons

    -Lot of internal politics and silos
    -Sometimes confusing/inconsistent or vague strategic direction from executive leadership
    -Chronically understaffed, incredibly fast-paced and meeting-heavy
    -Some clients like the Russian federation are not clients to be proud of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearer vision/values direction is key, as well as decisive stances on the role of all the businesses outside of the core PR offering to avoid competing P&Ls

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Interesting experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Ketchum as an intern

    Pros

    Training: employees have many opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    The work hours can be long especially when you're sitting in a cubicle all day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to get out and talk to your employees. Of course there are things like email and IM but showing your face would be nice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    SVP

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

    I have been working at Ketchum full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. You get to work with smart, fun and creative people who are passionate about what they do.

    Cons

    Work is great, but there is a lot of work to do!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great culture!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Account Supervisor
    Current Employee - Managing Account Supervisor

    I have been working at Ketchum full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Hard working, you will learn a ton and you will work with some of the smartest people in the industry.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be hard to find sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing company & the happiest employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Ketchum full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Strong company values and employees are passionate to work there

    Cons

    Hard at times to maintain communication across all offices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great People, One of the Better Agencies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ketchum full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Superstars will find limitless opportunity - build your own career here. People are generally wonderful and collaborative. Company culture is not cut-throat, but very communal.

    Cons

    Those same superstars may also find themselves over-burdened; work/life balance is a challenge as at most agencies. Times are challenging right now and the company doesn't seem to be making wise decisions for growth.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A great Think Tank!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at Ketchum as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Inspiring entrepreneurial and idea generating environment.

    Cons

    Departments can be a little "clicky"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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