Leo Burnett
3.9 of 5 158 reviews
www.leoburnett.com Chicago, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

Leo Burnett Reviews

Updated May 20, 2014
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3.9 158 reviews

                             

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Leo Burnett Chairman and CEO Tom Bernardin

Tom Bernardin

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    Prepare to work hard

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAs one of the top advertising agencies in the world, Leo Burnett looks great on a resume. In addition, you will work with a handful of people and are treated like an employee. There are tons of opportunities for interns to meet each other and there is also volunteer work that is fun.

    ConsNot everyone has equal work. Some interns definitely worked a lot harder than others and also had to work overtime.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure that interns are getting equal work.

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    Great people

    Senior Account Executive (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat people. good environment. well known agency

    ConsBad at promoting unless you try to quit. a bit dated. led by accounts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue employees for less shifting

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good overall, but disappointing the last few years.

    Senior Vice President Director (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat company culture. While Leo Burnett, the man, had always continued to be alive and well.

    ConsWorking with the holding company (Publicis Groupe) can be challenging.

    The culture is not what is use to be.

    Global company not doing as well as US entity. Poor global performance brings down the whole.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTruly embrace what Leo Burnett stood for. You've deviated from that.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good for recognition

    Copywriter (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGood company to put on your resume

    ConsEasy to get lost amidst all the people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    big agency with some smart groups. need to know who to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosthey treat people well, and produce good work here and there

    Consway too big, and it seems to get in the way of consistent good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The bigger the agency, the bigger the politics.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people. Fun place to work. Big brands with big budgets.

    ConsThe processes are never-ending. The 'favorites' can do no wrong. If you don't have a 'godfather', be wary. Politics are crazy!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Its a Big Agency

    Art Director (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsIt is a large agency, with in the very large Publics network. You get the benefits of working at large agency (pay, benefits, amenities, etc..) while realistically you spend most of your time working directly with in a small team.

    Big clients can lead to big opportunity.

    ConsLB can be too big for its own good and has extreme internal politics which usually drives away great talent. Half the employee's have a high turn over rate, the other half have an official tenure which can be great or lead to complacency.

    Many feel that they don't "get back what they give" out of this place, and considering creative positions frequently call for 70+ hour work weeks, it wears on you over time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Solid job with "buts"

    Senior Planner (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsBig agency experience, largest planning department in the country, library of resources is thorough, and the quant research team is strong.

    ConsTraditional planning frameworks can limit the openness to try something new. The creative rarely pushes boundaries.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great for younger single people. Work hard, Play hard. Great Benefits...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBenefits were very generous with 3 week vacation starting second year and summer days off. Not to mention flex tiime. happy hour once a month with beer which is a plus if you drink. Most people there are very bright and courteous. Great to build up your portfolio working on big time clients.

    ConsIt can be a bit of high school atmosphere there as you have quite a bit of quirky people in some departments. There can be some high school type drama, cliques, tantrums there as it's more laid back atmosphere and most people working there are in their twenties or early thirties.

    You can expect to work long hours depending on the client and/or project. Pay increase is practically non-existent and no bonuses. If you move up or get promoted or threaten to leave, that
     would be the only ways you can get a pay increase most of the time. A lot of people seem to stay there for the relaxed casual clothing/attitude/non-micro managing environment that it offers.'

    There is definitely favortism there more so than at other companies I've been at. If you're not part of the favorite crowd, no matter what you do or how hard you work, will go unnoticed and unrewarded. Learn to detect this early on so you're not wasting your time and you can move onto other things sooner than later.

    Lastly it's an advertising company with strong marketing skills and as such, it's way too easy for younger impressionable people to drink the kool aid there and get hyped up and believe in whatever they say.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at more into the people doing the actual work than the people leading, and evaluate from the bottom up. You would not be where you're at without the people doing the core work. Listen to what they have to say but more importantly, ask them how things can be improved. The core people are the ones that know the most.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A little better than your typical big agency, but still your typical big agency.

    Senior Art Director (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    Pros-good compensation
    -lots of production with big budgets
    -good work/life balance, mostly 40-50 hour work weeks
    -if you like your group, you'll be happy

    Cons-groups are segregated from each other
    -no mobility between groups or within groups
    -extremely political
    -conservative clients, lots of testing
    -creative development can move at a glacial pace
    -there are a handful of creative "darlings", everyone else is a leper

    Advice to Senior ManagementThrow each group a bone. A nice pro-bono project every year will go a long way to help morale.
    Make it easier for creatives to "stretch" on projects for other groups.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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