Leo Burnett Reviews

Updated October 5, 2014
Updated October 5, 2014
186 Reviews
3.7
186 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very flexible with working from home and other work/life balance issues (in 11 reviews)

  • Some great people and great opportunities for great work (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is very bad, compared to the salaries (in 7 reviews)

  • You work super long hours including weekends and holidays (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Internship Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Leo Burnett as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get to meet a lot of people within LB and outside. You are expose to do work for real clients. The events are pretty good and there is always good food. You are going to meet some pretty amazing talented people. Take advantage of every network opportunity. I think that's the most value you can get out of this internship.

    Cons

    The work you are going to be given is not as creatively challenging. Some of the creatives are stuck in a very traditionalistic mentality of doing work and it becomes inefficient. We live in a digitalize world and it's time to move on!
    Because the company is so big is hard to make a difference and be appreciated or valued by the work you do. So if you want to get that networking going be aggressive and get out of your comfort zone. There's lots of arrogant people, but also pretty great creative people, it's just part of the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the intern project more fun and creative. The mentors I felt changed there mind most of the time when it came to giving feedback to the teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Burn and churn type of career…they use you up and lay you off

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people can be very passionate about the work and be energizing to work with. The fun aspects are there…parties, social activities, a bar in the building.

    Cons

    The company is so stacked with hierarchy that you don't know what is going on in the company half the time. Once a year there is a holiday party where they talk about "the work". Other than that you only really have insight into your own accounts efforts.

    You work super long hours including weekends and holidays. They just shrug and say "welcome to agency life".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shed some of the layers between you and the actual teams. You have lost perspective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Can't find place in digital world.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great at TV & Print advertising, office culture can be fun.

    Cons

    the agency has had a hard time finding its place in the not-so-new digital world. training people on new technology and how to be creative in a space other than TV or Print doesn't seem like a priority. not knowing how to navigate digital waters has lead to constant restructuring of roles, leaving employees wondering what their job really is (and if it will be there for them in a few months)

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Smart people
    Big clients
    Office location
    Flexibility
    Work life balance most of the time

    Cons

    Work really depends on the client you work on
    My teams had big turnover
    Upward mobility is calculated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Leo Burnett

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Work with very smart people and great brands

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy. Promotion process can be lengthy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to move faster

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    What you expect from large agency

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - If you are looking to learn a ton, while working with top clients than Leo Burnett is the place to be. Great culture and lots of opportunity to grow within the agency (up to officer level)

    Cons

    - raises are few and far between
    - being promoted to an "officer of the company" / VP is very political
    - high turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to keep top employees you need to compensate them accordingly

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Prepare to work hard

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Leo Burnett as an intern

    Pros

    As 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.

    Cons

    Not everyone has equal work. Some interns definitely worked a lot harder than others and also had to work overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that interns are getting equal work.

  9.  

    Great people

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people. good environment. well known agency

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value employees for less shifting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good overall, but disappointing the last few years.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Working 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 ManagementAdvice

    Truly embrace what Leo Burnett stood for. You've deviated from that.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good for recognition

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Copywriter in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Copywriter in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company to put on your resume

    Cons

    Easy to get lost amidst all the people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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