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"Resistant to change"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Ketchum full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

It's a pleasantly informal environment with many nice people. It's a big important name in the industry, and they have some fun accounts.

Cons

Ketchum is incredibly hierarchical, and combined with my observation that success and promotions up the ladder are nepotistic and tenure-based, it's a hard company to succeed in from the middle. There are many people there who should have been fired long ago; they get by on knowing the system, but not necessarily having knowledge beyond the company walls. This problem goes several levels up. All around, employees are more preoccupied with appearances and covering their own hides than producing good work. It means that things move slowly, the works mucked up with people-pleasing and side-stepping direct solutions.

Advice to Management

Do better to see the potential in everyone. Look beyond titles and focus on doing good work. Embrace change.

Other Employee Reviews for Ketchum

  1. "Smart people, good clients"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Attracts lots of smart, strategic PR thinkers; many great clients; opportunity to work on a variety of projects from corporate to brand marketing to crisis

    Cons

    Sometimes team resources stretched too thin and focus on hourly billing/bottom line can get a little old - but that's a lot of large agency

    Advice to Management

    Try to connect more with the younger team members - develop clear and consistent growth plans


  2. "New to Ketchum but enjoying it so far"

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

    I have been working at Ketchum full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture; something different every day; great team; never a dull moment; fast-paced; always something new; access to leadership at all levels of the agency; collaborative environment (everyone pulling together to complete projects on time); excellent process in place for reviews (both formal and informal); very creative - no idea is a bad idea; room for growth at all levels.

    Cons

    Long hours and no overtime; no reimbursement for using public transit (bus, metro); it's a big company so there is some level of bureacracy that you have to wade through.

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