Leo Burnett
3.9 of 5 146 reviews
www.leoburnett.com Chicago, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Leo Burnett Chairman and CEO Tom Bernardin

Tom Bernardin

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

Senior Developer (Former Employee)
Bucharest (Romania)

I worked at Leo Burnett full-time for less than a year

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

ConsPrepare 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 Senior ManagementGrow up.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Leo Burnett - No creative culture - No people culture

Art Director (Current Employee)
Warsaw (Poland)

I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time for more than 3 years

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

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementCreate 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not a great place to stay

Manager (Former Employee)
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

I worked at Leo Burnett full-time for more than a year

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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great Brand - Bad Management

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I have been working at Leo Burnett

ProsLeo 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.

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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