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Updated June 1, 2017
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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. "ASsistant Media Planner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at C-K full-time

    Pros

    Great working environment to learn

    Cons

    very fast paced environment to work


  2. "Great Work Life Balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at C-K full-time

    Pros

    Nice Benefits and work-life balance

    Cons

    when they lose accounts they are quick to make staffing cuts

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. "Solid organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at C-K full-time

    Pros

    Really solid POV and positioning. Loved the culture

    Cons

    Sometimes mgmt is disconnected from those doing the work

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people all throughout the organizaion


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive atmosphere. Excellent account people. Not political or bureaucratic. Lots of opportunity. Strong leadership. A lot of ongoing digital work.

    Cons

    Small staff. No global reach. Like any small agency, each person has a moderately heavy workload and a lot of responsibility which makes coverage difficult when people are out of the office.


  5. "Account Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at C-K full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Full-service, integrated agency that is privately owned. Environment was conducive to collaboration and cross-functional marketing of agency services. Advancement within responsibilities and salary was there for the taking.

    Cons

    Consolidation of cross-functional marketing across agency locations lent itself to less control of services and products for any given project or client.


  6. "a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    they are employee friendly and flexible

    Cons

    sometimes they can not accommodate requests and expectations


  7. "A great agency marred by a toxic culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Beautiful offices
    -The creatives know their stuff

    Cons

    -Expect to do nothing but grunt assistant work for your first few years with the company
    -Even when you make it out of your probationary period, expect to be questioned and monitored at every juncture
    -Poor communication between employee hierarchy and politics that discourage the kind of idea sharing that they desperately claim to value

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like they're human beings and teach management to work with their underlings as teams

    C-K Response

    Oct 6, 2016

    We’re disappointed that you had a negative experience at C-K but appreciate your feedback. We are committed to providing a great work environment for C-Kers and would like to learn more about your... More

  8. "Great Company & Culture"

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    • 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.


  9. "Great Company!"

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    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


  10. Helpful (3)

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

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    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


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