Ketchum Reviews

Updated March 23, 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. 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. Great Place to Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ketchum

    Pros

    - Very organized, structured group of professionals.
    - Positive office atmosphere
    - Lot's of opportunities for training/professional development
    - Exciting work

    Cons

    - Fast paced environment, pay attention and learn the ins and outs of the company fast for success.
    - Time management skills are critical to success here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Been working for Ketchum for a few months now and absolutely love it! Best company I've ever worked for!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Ketchum full-time (less than a 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
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  5. Amazing company with great people

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    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 a 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. SVP

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    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
  7. Amazing company & the happiest employees

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    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 a 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
  8. Life is what you make it! Give it all you've got

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    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Ketchum full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing clients, beautiful minds that you can co-create with from all around the world, a big passion for driving the future of PR, A European CEO who knows just how to take small ideas and make them just grow and grow. If you've got ideas they'll listen and you can be part of the solution. A genuine passion for playing our part in making this a better world through CSR

    Cons

    Its a tough business that is getting tougher - not for those who won't give it all they've got

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Serve to lead. More thank yous please and keep calling the very best out of your people. Its a fast life and hard work so please help us sustain our energy levels. Plan in your breaks daily, weekly, annually so that people can follow your example

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Ketchum full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment where everyone is looking to help you out. From the minute you get there, people are there to help you and always answer your questions. I loved it so much, I worked for free as an intern and stayed as long as I could.

    Cons

    Compensation wise, as an intern in a foreign company, I was unpaid. However, as a US intern, i hear the pay is pretty competitive. Either way, I loved my experience there and chose to keep working as long as I could. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great place to learn and grow

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    Current Employee - Research
    Current Employee - Research

    I have been working at Ketchum full-time

    Pros

    Close-knit team, great client roster, fun environment, easy to grow, ton of variety in projects and work

    Cons

    Busy/fast paced, billability pressure, sometimes long hours, tight deadlines, ups and downs in terms of workload

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overcommunicate to make sure the team stays in-the-know. We have a great group of amazing people, make sure we keep everyone informed and involved so they will stay!

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    Positive Outlook
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  11. Amazing Company!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ketchum

    Pros

    As an intern I was able to learn from the best in the industry. A great company to be involved with. Truly are PR pros.

    Cons

    To be honest, there is no downside of working here!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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