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Capstrat Reviews

Updated Aug 6, 2018

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Found 46 reviews

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37%
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Karen Albritton
6 Ratings
Pros
  • "(in 8 reviews)

  • "Flexible time and good people, everyone knows the office space is great(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "High stress, long hours, low compensation(in 4 reviews)

  • "Learning to play the game is actively encouraged by upper management and it's demoralizing to anyone who's not in leadership(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Capstrat

      Pros

      Very fun. Worth the years spent here.

      Cons

      Long hours but worth the work.

      Capstrat2016-03-17
    • "Beneficial First Job Experience"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Capstrat full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      There's nothing leisurely about an agency job, which I thought turned out to be very beneficial for my first job out of college. Capstrat was a lot like "bootcamp," but when I went to my second job, I was a productivity machine.

      Cons

      The "bootcamp" aspect was accompanied by burn-out, which is ultimately why I left. It's a great job, but has a shelf life for many people. Salary was not competitive.

      Capstrat2018-08-06
    • Helpful (2)

      "Capstrat Review"

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

      I worked at Capstrat full-time

      Pros

      - Some of people were nice to work with.

      Cons

      - Micromanagement - No Creative Freedom - Favoritism on All Levels

      Advice to Management

      - Trust your people more to do great work. - Clean house and get rid of management who stifle creativity. - Don't except every project just because you can. Really think about whether it furthers the goals of the agency.

      Capstrat2018-03-12
    • "Great creative space, not so friendly"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend

        I worked at Capstrat

        Pros

        Met some really nice people, great creative space

        Cons

        Laid back vibe bordered on unprofessional at times. Worked with a lot of standoffish people and didn’t see myself fitting in long term.

        Advice to Management

        N/A

        Capstrat2018-02-15
      • Helpful (1)

        "Terrible experience with irrational manager"

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

        I worked at Capstrat full-time

        Pros

        A number of really Smart, passionate people, Really interesting client work and great learning experience

        Cons

        BCBSNC leader and some team members were toxic.

        Advice to Management

        Do something about the emotional abuse caused by the walking temper tantrum that is an Executive over BCBSNC

        Capstrat2017-10-07
      • Helpful (5)

        "Miserable experience"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Capstrat full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        "Some" sincerely good people. Flexible work place where you could work from home if needed. Nice office space. Awesome creative director who has his hands tied and has an uphill battle, but if they would just listen to him things would get better. He is their only saving grace.

        Cons

        Fake people, Terrible integration of departments. Bad communication. Once Ken Eudy left the whole place fell apart and the creative took a nose dive. It's a glorified kinkos one crappy assignment after another churn it out. Ketchum is very difficult to work with, being a PR firm and trying to tell advertising people how to do their job, it was like oil and water. Literally had account people at Ketchum directing the creative....

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        Advice to Management

        Focus on doing great work and let your employees know they are valued. Hire people with experience not fresh out of school folks. If you are going to hire that way at least train them. Anyone can take an order and pass it along. You need people who think about what's best for the client and do work that shows it, Go after clients that are different, diversify. Get rid of the fake butt kissers

        Capstrat2017-09-11
      • Helpful (8)

        "A turnaround is still possible, if you're willing to do the work."

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        Former Employee - Account Director in Raleigh, NC
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at Capstrat full-time for more than 5 years

        Pros

        Good people, challenging projects, great space.

        Cons

        The chief contributions of the account services lead include: inciting panic, playing the victim and throwing a tantrum the moment things don't go her way. Worst of all, this behavior is rewarded instead of reprimanded.

        Advice to Management

        Take a serious look at how your industry has shifted and the groups that create value for the agency. Treat the underlying causes of the issues that plague the company and not just the symptoms - there are more than a few recurring themes and actors.

        Capstrat2017-06-20
      • Helpful (4)

        "Great work to do, less freedom than before"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Capstrat full-time

        Pros

        Flexible time and good people, everyone knows the office space is great. Ketchum purchase does bring in interesting projects.

        Cons

        Since Ketchum there is more admin to deal with, many great people have quit or been fired, pressure to make numbers seems to be bigger

        Advice to Management

        Make sure people know they're valued and working harder or better will lead to something. Keep the flow of interesting clients coming.

        Capstrat2017-05-26
      • Helpful (4)

        "Was a great place"

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          Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

          I worked at Capstrat full-time

          Pros

          Prior to Ketchum it was a great place

          Cons

          After Ketchum it is a horrible place

          Capstrat2017-04-18
        • "It's a nice enough place to work, but you probably won't retire there."

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          Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
          Recommends
          Neutral Outlook
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          I worked at Capstrat full-time

          Pros

          A good group of people. Smart, hard working and easy to get along with.

          Cons

          The projects are mostly small and don't require the level of thinking which promote career growth.

          Advice to Management

          Refocus on being industry experts for the clients.

          Capstrat2017-04-05
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