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Updated December 8, 2017
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  1. "Great company, bad boss"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Lawrence, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Callahan Creek (More than a year)

    Pros

    Callahan Creek is a great agency overall. Culture is wonderful and Cindy Maude was an inspirational leader/CEO.

    Cons

    Had a horrible boss there and little support getting out of the situation. New CEO was Director of Account Management when I was there and did little to help grow young employees. Now that he's CEO, can't say much about the culture there.


  2. "Flexibility and Fun"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Callahan Creek full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and culture, solid client roster, awesome people

    Cons

    Some limitations in marketing expertise or offerings due to size, can't always offer competitive salaries against KC market

  3. "Agency on the cusp of more great things."

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    Current Employee - Director in Lawrence, KS
    Current Employee - Director in Lawrence, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Callahan Creek full-time

    Pros

    Smart thinkers, culture, work-life balance, strong client relationships, hunger for growth & strong leadership team that listens.

    Cons

    Not a strong ad community in Lawrence.


  4. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Director in Lawrence, KS
    Current Employee - Director in Lawrence, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Callahan Creek full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Passion for making, creating and our clients' success. Good people, great work-life balance and team work.

    Cons

    I can't think of a thing.

    Callahan Creek Response

    Sep 13, 2016 – Social Media Content Strategist

    We're a community of thinkers and makers, and it's our people who make us great!


  5. "Creative"

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    Former Employee - Creative in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Creative in Lawrence, KS
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance is great, awesome group of people, good clients.

    Cons

    Losing what callahan creek was built to represent and stand for.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to your down to earth roots.

    Callahan Creek Response

    Sep 13, 2016 – Social Media Content Strategist

    Great advice here. We've got some deep roots in our 34 year tradition and we'll strive to honor them in everything we do.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Media Planner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Callahan Creek full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of great people use to work at Callahan Creek. Previous ownership took care of employees with nice bonuses.

    Cons

    Current management is not very strong. Agency has high turnover due to bad management. Agency is in a small town and it is hard for them to win new business. They are a niche agency that will not go outside of their specialty. Leadership will tell us one thing and do something opposite. The CD has a foul mouth that lost us major business.

    Advice to Management

    Find a new leader

    Callahan Creek Response

    Sep 13, 2016 – Social Media Content Strategist

    Thank you for your review and your honest assessment of our agency. We’re proud to be a Lawrence, KS based business because we believe the creative spirit of the community bleeds into the work we... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Grim Outlook"

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

    I worked at Callahan Creek (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company allows some offsite working hours; did offer good insurance, benefits & bonuses (but these have started disappearing under new ownership); cool office in historic downtown Lawrence building.

    Cons

    Salaries not competitive with bigger markets; company is constantly being re-branded yet still always appears to be one step behind its competitors; new CEO/owner who appears to be disconnected from needs of both clients and staff; there hasn't been any visible growth outlook in years; CD and majority of other senior positions are usually filled by male candidates (boys' club); environment has completely deteriorated from being "a great place to work" to one of "watch your back"; leadership is aggressive toward staff and uses intimidation to motivate; creatives seem like zombified order takers and have no opportunities to give input; employees participate in mandatory "team building" activities that are just thinly disguised attempts at getting them to supply the agency with potential new business concepts/clients; high turnover since new CEO took over should be a BIG red flag.

    Advice to Management

    Lost cause; no advice can save this sinking ship - just sit back and watch as talented employees flee to KC and surrounding areas for better pay and better work environments.

    Callahan Creek Response

    Sep 13, 2016 – Social Media Content Strategist

    Thank you for your review. We believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and we respect yours. We work in an industry that is evolving at an ever increasing rate. It’s a field where if you’re... More

  8. "Its a pretty cool place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Callahan Creek full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and company culture

    Cons

    Upper level management is not always responsive


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Very strong culture and desire for employee happiness"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrence, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrence, KS
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Extremely flexible environment with highly talented people. An opportunity to contribute to projects regardless of longevity or experience. An environment of respect.

    Cons

    The company needs to invest in modern workflow technology and processes, still manages work and communicates like a small company.

    Advice to Management

    Take more risks, and have the courage to make decisions that are consistent with the company's values. Stop relying on consultants.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Family Culture Nurtures Creativity and Business Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrence, KS
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Superb family-like culture, happy hours every Friday, approachable upper management, extremely competent and helpful CEO, on-time delivery to client, great physical work space

    Cons

    client list is somewhat lacking, low compensation compared to industry average, too much down time for interns


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