Leo Burnett

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Leo Burnett Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
165 Reviews

3.9
165 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very flexible with working from home and other work/life balance issues (in 9 reviews)

  • This company does a great job with providing a fun, informal work environment (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Depending on account, work life balance varies largely (in 6 reviews)

  • You can expect to work long hours depending on the client and/or project (in 10 reviews)

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8 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Watch your back

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Talent Manager  in  Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Talent Manager in Troy, MI

    Pros

    Great benefits, like moving to different positions this is the place! People here are great, however underlings are afraid of their own shadows for fear of being watched by management.

    Cons

    Secretive with everything they do regarding employees. Your job title is different than the next person doing the same job, thereby allowing them to 'eliminate position'. Initial training is poorly managed and rules change daily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over yourself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It is what it is...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Some great people and great opportunities for great work.

    Cons

    They will work you 'til you drop. Burn and turn - they don't care. Too upper-management top-heavy. Several people have been there FAR too long and their time to be put to pasture has long since passed.
    It used to be fun before it went so corporate - it's lost it's fun factor! Every agency NEEDS a fun factor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the fat and reward those you are working so damn hard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Disorganized and chaotic

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    Pros

    Comfortable place and amazing Location in Buenos Aires

    Cons

    The organization here is chaotic, and nonetheless intensively bureaucratic. People don't know how to approach digital media and the resource accessibility is under the bar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, improve some processes, hire more digital people and give a damn about your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A Ad School for life

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Global, Solid, Place to learn

    Cons

    No local decition power, low salary,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very bad working place for a senior, decent for interns and inexperienced people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Developer  in  Bucharest (Romania)
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Bucharest (Romania)

    Pros

    The single good thing about working at Leo Burnett is probably their cafeteria. Besides that, everything is not ok.

    Cons

    Prepare for low salary, absolutely stupid managers, with little to no understanding of the web or web technologies. Prepare for working the weekends if necessary, because they'll explain it's the only way of achieving success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Leo Burnett - No creative culture - No people culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Art Director  in  Warsaw (Poland)
    Current Employee - Art Director in Warsaw (Poland)

    Pros

    The humankind philosophy Leo Burnett Chicago advocates is a worthy vision.

    Cons

    The work that comes out is mediocre.
    Too much hierarchy, slow.
    Too much focus on profit lowers the creative pursuit.
    Weak creative direction.
    Creative directors are powerless.
    Doesn't pay well.
    Weak leadership.
    Not many chances for juniors to develop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a real vision and lead your organization to it.
    Try to create revenue by creating great ideas and selling them, not being clients production house.
    Keep your creatives happy.
    There is no pride to take in belonging your organization, change it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Not a great place to stay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Manager in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    Pros

    - Compensation is decent
    - Some of the best clients around
    - Reputation within Malaysia is top tier
    - Great initial place to learn advertising and marketing
    - Some great team work in some of the units

    Cons

    - Account management teams are hit and miss, at best they are real talented and strategic leaders, at worst they are pencil pushing droids who have no talent but regurgitating the client's every whim and fantasy at you
    - Planning department is inefficient and interfering
    - Too many unchecked personalities allowed to continue within the company
    - HR department is extremely weak, claims and other cash related issues may take up to 2 months or longer for processing
    - Unnecessarily long and arduous hours, though this is prevalent throughout the industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company needs to grow structurally in its processes and overall people management. It has made stellar work in getting to where it is now from where it was, and thus must be commended. However it is no longer what it was five years ago, it has expanded in people and in its job scope and talent and capabilities must expand at the same time in order to be able to reflect this. Supervision of high ranking staff is needed, some of them have carved out their own territory within the kingdom and need very much to be pulled back in line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great Brand - Bad Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account
    Current Employee - Account

    Pros

    Leo Burnett has very good brand recognition and a blue chip list of clients. If you mention Leo Burnett, even people outside the industry know what you do. With clients such as Philip Morris, P&G, Kellogg and GM you have some of the biggest in the US but it also holds the company back from growing because these accounts are so profitable and large that it distorts management's view of what a normal account should deliver.

    Cons

    Senior management continues to make bad decisions and are incapable of winning new business. The industry has changed to an integrated offering, but Leo Burnett has too many fiefdoms and ingrained thinking which makes them incapable of bringing new thinking to the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must define a new Leo Burnett and not just rely on the same old group and hallway politics to run the agency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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