Kelton - Great people, very disorganized culture and shady senior management | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (5)

    "Great people, very disorganized culture and shady senior management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kelton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people at Kelton are extremely smart with a diverse set of skill sets to contribute in each project. Kelton has really good relationships with high profile clients, which gives you an opportunity work on some really cool projects with really cool accounts. People who are used to working autonomously and have a natural "entrepreneurial" personality will do well at Kelton.

    Cons

    Where do I even start? Work life balance is a joke here...you work around the clock, even on weekends. You can expect to be working 9am-8pm every weekday - and that's a "light" day. A huge round of layoffs occurred earlier in the year, and it feels like the company has yet to recover. Projects are extremely understaffed, yet upper management explains they are trying to keep projects as lean as possible and still stay...

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    Advice to Management

    I understand that Kelton's value is in it's people and free-thinking style, but the lack of organization is frustrating. Also, be more transparent with your employees.

    Kelton2018-02-04

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Great Environment, Cool Projects, Start-up Mentality"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kelton full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    • The people + culture. From day one, I’ve always felt supported by everyone here. The environment is the opposite of a “dog-eat-dog” agency culture. VPs are willing to get their hands dirty, leadership is approachable/not intimidating, and everyone is genuinely nice to each other. • Recognition. If you work hard and do quality work, you’re going to get recognized for it. Standards are high, but success and growth...

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    Cons

    • Start-up mentality can sometimes cause headaches. There are plenty of times where you’ll have to do things that are outside of your job scope, and often there aren’t structured processes in place. If you’re looking for a structured environment, you probably won’t be happy here. • There are times where you’ll be insanely busy, and times where you have a very manageable workload. There’s a lot of fluctuation here due...

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    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate company changes/priorities, and keep looking out for employees.

    Kelton2018-03-22
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Outdated Culture & Management Style"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kelton full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Global, big brands with exposure to C-Suite clients - The mid-senior employees who work there are exceptional in terms of both intellectual output and personality - an absolute pleasure to work with and socialize with

    Cons

    The company is completed outdated in terms of culture and management. They peg themselves as a "creative" company, but having come from advertising - the working environment is anything but creative. Employees are unnaturally fearful of management and afraid at times to leave the office to grab a coffee with a coworker and run the risk of looking unproductive or uncommitted to the work. Those that succeed are...

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    Advice to Management

    The vision is sounds - but Tom/Gareth need to pay greater attention to how their managers are implementing their vision within their departments and with their employees. It's not at all translating, and there is a palpable feeling of discomfort and dissatisfaction with most of the mid-senior level employees who are doing most of the work,

    Kelton2019-04-26

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