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Updated December 23, 2016
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  1. "Senior Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting companies across all industries. Fun coworkers. Knowledgeable peers.

    Cons

    Frat house mentality. Some overseas clients expect more than their contract provides. High turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Cherish your good workers


  2. "Investor Relations Agency Life"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at KCSA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    At KCSA, it feels like you're part of a family. I've always been honest and open with my managers and they were very receptive to my feelings and needs. There's a lot of face-time with clients and it's always important to set a good impression. Todd, one of the managing partners, always recognizes when you're showing initiative during these time of face-to-face meetings.

    Cons

    You have to nudge management to pay attention to emails/work several times. You have to be proactive and take responsibility for your actions at a very low level.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of recruiting the right talent and be more forward-thinking with clients.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "IR Slop Shop with Bankrupt Clients (Financially and Morally)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They promise a pretty nice salary and a bonus you'll probably never see.

    Cons

    - Cheap clients (firm will take on anybody)
    - Clients no one wants to meet with (small, unknown, no business, not profitable)
    - Senior Management team not that experienced with IR (you won't learn anything here)
    - A firm that specializes in cold calling

    Advice to Management

    Not much advice to be given here except raise the standards at which they will take on clients. But they value the dollar (budget) over everything here and in a dying industry, they have no choice but to take whatever they can get to pay the bills.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Hectic and Unorganized"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Technical Market Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Market Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture is very open and much like a start-up. It is very horizontally integrated so it's never difficult to talk to upper management

    Cons

    No one really knows what they're doing because of the high turn-over rate. It is very disorganized and inefficient - communication is always through email and there is a lot of miscommunication.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your employees and realize that you're not communicating your business goals to your employees.


  6. "KCSA: A Great Place to Learn and Grow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    KCSA is a great company to grow up in; it is a meritocracy that promotes and reward professionals who are entrepreneurial, hard working and results-driven. The company has an "open door policy," and senior management is willing to take the time to teach employees to help them learn more about clients and the trade. The senior management team values work-life balance, which is great - if ever an employee is ill or has to deal with a personal matter, they are extremely understanding. After five+ years here, KCSA really feels like family; the whole team - from the CEO and partners to the junior staff - is helpful, smart and supportive.

    Cons

    We often get challenging clients or clients with small retainers that demand a great deal of attention (but I think this is just the nature of the industry). At times, some accounts feel understaffed, which I think could be remedied by building out the middle management levels (SAE, AS, AD) to support managers more and guide juniors.

    Advice to Management

    I got along well with all the partners and the CEO. A couple pieces of advice to consider: invest more readily in supplemental education for employees (conferences, summer courses), at times those were hard to get approved or rejected because a price tag was slightly high. Build out the middle management team - these people are doers and thinkers and will really help the managers to have people to lean on.


  7. "Good environment to learn, grow and carve out your own path for success."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's not much in terms of bureaucracy and so you can make a name for yourself rather quickly there, especially if you're smart and ambitious. Management is very accessible and supportive.

    Cons

    Hours can be unpredictable at times, but that's really a reflection of KCSA's clients themselves more than anything else. In this business, it kind of comes with the territory.

    Advice to Management

    The group outings make a lot of sense for a lot of different reasons, but don't be afraid to mix it up and try different things that may have a wider appeal.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great stepping stone for your career, but low morale and very high turnover."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KCSA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Ability to work across multiple groups within the company. Constant contact with management and higher ups allows for beneficial feedback. Work directly with client C-level executives across multiple industries.

    Cons

    Frat house. There's no leadership until things need to get done, at which point it's chaotic and forced. Expect to spend a lot of time pitching your clients to the masses, unless you have a manager that has a plethora of connections and he can book you easy meetings that don't add value to the clients' shareholder base.

    Advice to Management

    Reward the few hard working young people who keep the company sustainable. Set up an alert system for weekly/monthly items for each client and distribute them through the managers. Promote the hard workers more visibly to motivate the rest of the staff.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "The perfect place for a smart, hard-working person who is reading and willing to learn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KCSA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You have to be tough, smart and ambitious to really succeed at KCSA—and if you are, you’ll be welcomed by a management team who is eager to teach, mentor, and offer advice throughout your career. It’s rare to find a firm where even the junior-most members of staff are given access to C-suite clients, encouraged to brainstorm and strategize alongside partners and managers, tasked with projects that require critical thinking, and expected to contribute alongside experienced veterans as essential members of account teams. That’s all true at KCSA. You’re given credit for your work and you’re fairly compensated; you’re encouraged to ask questions and grow. Sure, there are obligatory tasks and menial projects, but managers work to foster your growth and assignments are truly tackled as a team. For all of these reasons, KCSA is a really great place to learn, grow and launch a career. You’ll learn and you’ll actually like the people you work with.

    Cons

    As with any fast-paced job, you’re expected to work until a project is completed. That might mean you can leave at 6:00, but that also might mean you have to get to the office at 7:50 to prepare for a big meeting. In other words: you’re never forced to work long hours just for the sake of putting in facetime, but sometimes longer hours do come with territory. Also, as with any office, there's some discrepancy in supervisors' management styles, so some people are easier to work with than others.

    Advice to Management

    Hire smart people. When you hire someone who can't keep up with the rest of the team intellectually, it puts that person at a disadvantage (despite how eager and hardworking they might be...)


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Smart People. Great Environment. Like a Second Family."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Rather Not Say in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Rather Not Say in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KCSA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very intelligent counselors. Strong work ethic among the partners and employees. A caring environment and beautiful offices with great location. They really do it right here.

    Cons

    Rapidly growing firm with a fast-paced workday. Not a good fit for the lazy, clockwatching set. You will be expected to work hard but they don't require face time so you can actually have a life... unlike most NY agencies.

    Advice to Management

    Very little to complain about. The partners are great.... but always very busy. I wish I could spend more time learning from them directly.... but that's life. They should definitely get more interns to handle some of the less engaging stuff but even the partners are willing to roll up their sleeves and get dirty.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great title bumps that help when you leave, but poor morale and high turnover"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at KCSA full-time

    Pros

    Promotions given every year or so, so you can move up quickly. The hours good for the industry, and you will be out by 5:30-6pm. Management is casual about vacation and time off, and you can work from home when needed.

    Cons

    Fraternity house atmosphere. Very low pay for positions lower than MD. The company is virtually unknown in industry (but titles help). Frequent, and often open, staff fights. Poor HR procedures (Lawsuit in waiting).

    Advice to Management

    Incentivize performance of lower ranks through bonus pool. Address morale through company events. Improve workplace harassment reporting procedures.



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