Ketchum

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Resistant to change

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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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a pleasantly informal environment with many nice people. It's a big important name in the industry, and they have some fun accounts.

    Cons

    Ketchum is incredibly hierarchical, and combined with my observation that success and promotions up the ladder are nepotistic and tenure-based, it's a hard company to succeed in from the middle. There are many people there who should have been fired long ago; they get by on knowing the system, but not necessarily having knowledge beyond the company walls. This problem goes several levels up. All around, employees are more preoccupied with appearances and covering their own hides than producing good work. It means that things move slowly, the works mucked up with people-pleasing and side-stepping direct solutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do better to see the potential in everyone. Look beyond titles and focus on doing good work. Embrace change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fun and Interesting Company to Work For

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

    I worked at Ketchum as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    work/life balance, fun clients, opportunity to learn/grow

    Cons

    team dynamics, job openings are limited

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best companies I have worked for in my career

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

    I have been working at Ketchum

    Pros

    Collaborative culture
    Growing globally
    Profitable but cares about its talent

    Cons

    I'd like better time off policies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Smart people, good clients

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Attracts lots of smart, strategic PR thinkers; many great clients; opportunity to work on a variety of projects from corporate to brand marketing to crisis

    Cons

    Sometimes team resources stretched too thin and focus on hourly billing/bottom line can get a little old - but that's a lot of large agency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to connect more with the younger team members - develop clear and consistent growth plans

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    New to Ketchum but enjoying it so far

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great culture; something different every day; great team; never a dull moment; fast-paced; always something new; access to leadership at all levels of the agency; collaborative environment (everyone pulling together to complete projects on time); excellent process in place for reviews (both formal and informal); very creative - no idea is a bad idea; room for growth at all levels.

    Cons

    Long hours and no overtime; no reimbursement for using public transit (bus, metro); it's a big company so there is some level of bureacracy that you have to wade through.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great so far

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ketchum

    Pros

    Really enjoying it, although I'm still relatively new.

    Cons

    None so far, but time will tell.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Professional. Friendly. Honest.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Ketchum as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Beautiful office/work environment with private rooms for client calls and great conference rooms
    -Fun clients and accounts
    -You get to work with some of the most creative, professional, friendly and patient colleagues
    -Interns all the way up to the Presidents work on the same campaigns/client accounts/projects
    -Interns and entry-level employees are highly valued. HR and upper level employees have regular check-in meetings with interns/entry-level employees to see how the work experience is going and what feedback you have for management
    -Fun parties and activities! ex. Bring your dog to work day

    Cons

    -Not the best entry-level salary. Especially considering the cost of living in San Francisco
    -Everyone constantly runs about 5 minutes late to internal meetings
    -You work with colleagues all around the nation so sometimes you rarely get face-to-face interaction with teammates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Continue seeking feedback from all levels of employees and making suggested improvements.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work and grow.

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    • 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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people at Ketchum are creative and hard working. It is a collaborative and fun environment where everyone is always willing to pitch in and be supportive.

    Cons

    A billable environment can be tough to work in, but that goes with any agency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great place to get my first taste of big agency PR.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Ketchum as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    I was given a lot more opportunity than I would have at many other agencies, as an intern. I was given a wide range of projects to work on and very little busy work (basically the opposite of my time at Edelman). My supervisors took an active interest in helping me improve my skills and helping me find a job at another agency, when there weren't any openings at Ketchum at the end of my internship.

    Cons

    The senior leadership (VP and above) didn't seem to take a very active role in talent development and retention. My primary account supervisors were great at this, but then again, they both left the agency not too long after I did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put a greater emphasis on helping younger team members grow and move up the ranks, to avoid losing talent to your competitors.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Work hard, play hard

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    - Ability to learn from the best in the industry
    - Amazing colleagues across the board, welcoming, helpful, genuine
    - A lot of growth potential, hard work does not go unnoticed
    - Great culture, positive work environment
    - Great training offerings
    - In NY you have a lot of exposure to the Sr. leaders of Ketchum
    - Drink cart Fridays
    - Kick-ball, bowling, run club, book club

    Cons

    - Work life balance can be challenging during peak seasons
    - Some processes can take some time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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