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Helpful (4)

"Not the place to be if you have any self-respect."

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Current Contractor - ACD/CD in New York, NY
Current Contractor - ACD/CD in New York, NY
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Ketchum as a contractor (Less than a year)

Pros

Most of the people seem nice, considering it's a PR & Marketing company. Most staff seems more junior and inexperienced than their titles would imply.

Cons

Very disorganized & understaffed. Billing to a client is more important than producing good work - even half an hour of downtime will cause a call from HR/Finance to find out exactly why. Out of touch managers, at least on the digital side, who seem to have trouble managing even a small team with a not especially heavy workload.

Advice to Management

Get your acts together, or good people will stop walking through the door - assuming filling seats isn't more important than people interested in doing good work, that is.

Other Employee Reviews for Ketchum

  1. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  2. "Fun and Interesting Company to Work For"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ketchum as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    work/life balance, fun clients, opportunity to learn/grow

    Cons

    team dynamics, job openings are limited

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