Ketchum Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Not the best, even though they tell you it is...often

    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learning opportunities, office events/extracurricular activities, opportunity to work with great industry professionals, client roster. Great place to learn new skills but it's best to leave after a year.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is essentially non-existent even though it is touted often. Coming in early and leaving well past 7:00pm is the norm. You're made to feel like a criminal if you dont. Management is rude, selfish and limits professional growth to benefits their own personal achievements and stifle employees. Not all teams are treated equally. Culture has diminished over the course of time, but the spotlight on the 'bottom line' has increased. Management often identifies an 'employee crush' and drools over them until the next person with an idea shows up and takes their spot.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at your managers and your turn and burn rate. Re-evaluate the culture, because it's not great.


  2. Ketchum is the one of the most renowned global public relations agency and a great place to work with great culture.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ketchum has a lot of International clients, the agency is highly professional, has a global range and offers a very driven work environment with a good work-life-balance.

    Cons

    Not very flexible, when it comes to switch locations within the company (international mobility)


  3. Good co-workers, solid culture, general respect for employees

    • 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 (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with; Generally have a relaxed culture

    Cons

    Working for an agency often comes with clients you don't like/feel gross about working for


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  5. Ketchum really cares about its people and leadership works hard to promote a strong culture.

    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and fun (but hard-working) atmosphere. There is opportunity to work with great clients and leadership is good at matching assignments to passion.

    Cons

    There isn't a particularly strong culture of post-work gatherings of employees; while people enjoy colleagues' company at work, most people go their separate ways after work rather than socialize with one another. I would consider this a minor criticism, however.


  6. Great - friendly, flexible and interested in employee growth.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone who works here is great, they allow you to grow in areas that interest you, you have flexibility to request to work on certain clients or pursue passions and did I mention everyone is awesome?

    Cons

    Old school, not enough free beer

    Advice to Management

    Try to be less corporate feeling with the old school structures.


  7. Great team, great people, pay/benefits could be better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall I'd say this is a good place to work and I'd recommend people to work here. -Smart people -Lots of interesting clients and work -Opportunity to grow and build a career -Really great culture, love the CEO -Milestones of the month are great -Drink cart every Friday!

    Cons

    There aren't any huge cons that make Ketchum different from any other PR firm. The pay could be better. -Not great pay -Not enough vacation -Lack of integration between 3rd and 4th floors -Meeting billability goals can be stressful

    Advice to Management

    More vacation days would be great! I enjoy the transparency of the agency - monthly meetings are great


  8. Helpful (4)

    Dysfunctional corporate culture. Break-neck pace.

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

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

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

    Pros

    They do have large brands that you can work on.

    Cons

    You will drive yourself crazy working there.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Resistant to change

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

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

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Collaborative culture Growing globally Profitable but cares about its talent

    Cons

    I'd like better time off policies


  11. Smart people, good clients

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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