2016 Top Places to Work in PR: Ketchum

Smart, creative and highly social, Ketchum's culture is marked by long-term, authentic and close-knit relationships. Ketchum encourages colleagues to pursue outside interests with the same passion they have for client work and to integrate interests where it makes sense.

Ketchum supports employee-designed educational, social, and cultural programs like in-office meditation and yoga, quarterly health fairs, subsidized bike shares, book clubs, softball teams and running clubs. While these activities promote healthy minds and bodies, events like Take Your Dog to Work Day, weekly drink carts and summer parties encourage colleagues to take fun seriously at work.

As many employees service their clients via teams that cross practices, time zones and geographies, Ketchum looks for ways to foster better collaboration and understanding between the various cultures and markets that make up the firm’s 130 offices and affiliates. Through the Global Scholars program, selected staff members travel to other offices in Ketchum’s network to share their knowledge and improve the firm’s business. The program’s participants have exported and imported best practices and insights in areas like social media and digital, change management, sports and entertainment marketing, issues and crisis management, brand marketing, research and analytics and talent acquisition.

In 2015, more than 75 employees celebrated anniversaries of over 20 years with the firm; the average partner has been with Ketchum for 16.5 years.