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Updated March 18, 2017
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C-K CEO Peter G. Krivkovich
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Pros
  • Company also lends well to having a work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Some really great people, an interesting mix of clients, fun culture, and positive work/life balance (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Small salary goes with working at a small agency (in 2 reviews)

  • Expect to do nothing but grunt assistant work for your first few years with the company (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "C-K Create program definitely worth it"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at C-K as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunities for client work and the intern project, good pay for internship, relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    Stressful environment, seem to be in a weird transition of company values


  2. "As a place OK"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Chicago, IL
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at C-K as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice office space, great culture and fun environment

    Cons

    As a contractor I had to get involved in company politics, which, wasn;t really my place to be, I guess they needed to get it together internally before dragging a contractor into it.

  3. "Great Company & Culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Media Planner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Media Planner in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I enjoy the environment at C-K as well as the clients and the coworkers. The executives listen to the staff and are transparent with their employees. Company also lends well to having a work-life balance.

    Cons

    Sometimes stick to process too much, hard to deviate from review cycle (once per year) or from job processes to think outside the box.


  4. "Great Company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    I worked at C-K (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Fun staff. Energizing culture.

    Cons

    There really were not issues.

    C-K Response

    Oct 5, 2016 – VP, Director of Recruitment

    Thank you for your feedback. We pride ourselves on having a culture that encourages an integrated style of work that promotes collaboration across the agency. We’re glad you were able to experience ... More


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good people, but a stagnant agency that's falling behind"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at C-K full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the people are great to work with every day, and they have great agency parties. Good communication between departments. The office is nice and is located in a good spot on Michigan Ave. Opportunity to grow outside your role if you really want it - however you are hardly rewarded for the work you put in.

    Cons

    The cons outweigh the pros, unfortunately. There is a very old way of thinking and they don't seem to be progressing at all. Stuck in the past and people don't seem happy to be working there (other than the higher-ups' favorites). Lost a lot of big clients while not winning any new business. No career growth and no structure in their review process. When they do get around to reviewing you, 6 months late, they will give you a raving review and promise promotions but will only follow through with excuses and continue taking advantage of you.

    Advice to Management

    Think forward and become current. Appreciate your employees.

    C-K Response

    Aug 4, 2016

    We are glad that you enjoyed the people you worked with and aspects of the C-K culture. We always strive to improve employee experiences and recognition and appreciate your feedback. In regards ... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Mediocre at best"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at C-K (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some nice people, fun office activities and events. Office is in a great location and as a private company there are some perks in terms of compensation and raises.

    Cons

    Management is dysfunctional and shows poor leadership. Lacks forward thinking people and has an "old view" of the way media should be planned and purchased. Disappointed by the lack of talent at the top.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you have positive and talented people in management roles.


  7. "Would go back in a second (well maybe 5 minutes)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Campaign Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Campaign Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at C-K full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You have to make the experience what you want it. You can either stay within your own team and not participate with the rest of the agency or get out there, be social and really enjoy all things C-K has to offer.

    Cons

    For some, work-life balance is a challenge. Some accounts could be boring.

    Advice to Management

    Look at everyone you have at your agency - their backgrounds, their experience, their goals - not just what job they currently have. You lose people that could have been great advocates for your agency.

  8. "Happy to come to work in the morning"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at C-K (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great office location on Michigan Ave
    Newly renovated office space
    Friendly upper management
    CEO and President sit in the office and keep employees updated with agency news on a quarterly basis

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind for this.


  9. "Creative Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Creative Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Creative Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at C-K as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice and talented folks, awesome office, neat clients. The leadership are very down to earth and friendly. They take the time to get to know everyone.

    Cons

    Creative energy seems a little bit drained from some of the leadership. There's some serious talent at junior-senior levels that could be utilized.

    Advice to Management

    You all do good work and have such a great agency going on here. I hope you all continue to reinvent yourselves as the times are a-changing.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Stale"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Organized, efficient, nice people mostly. It's the midwest. There are a lot of accounts to work on

    Cons

    It's overall boring, which you wouldn't expect for a creative shop with such a good reputation. Most of the accounts feel stale, and the day to day culture is mostly non-existent. The new ECD Ken could however pump much needed enthusiasm into the place.

    Advice to Management

    Stop sitting on your laurels. Higher management seems to have a "better than thou" attitude that the advertising industry doesn't have room for. And every time we hear Peter speak he seems to talk about "reduced margins" better never about the standard of work that is being created.


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