BRUNNER Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
23 Reviews
3.8
23 Reviews
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    Summer Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at BRUNNER as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, fast-paced environment, incredible culture, work-life balance valued, summer fridays!

    Cons

    more marginal salary, lack of on boarding program,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flat, collaborative structure is great!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Amazing place to work full of fun and understanding people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at BRUNNER full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great culture, fun clients, lovely location

    Cons

    digital department could be stronger

    Recommends
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    Good place to gain experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BRUNNER

    Pros

    A lot of responsibility put on you so you can gain experience fast at an entry level position. Good amount of PTO days.

    Cons

    Too much politics. There is too wide of a range between people who stick their nose in business that isn't theirs and the opposite.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Culture and Educational Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BRUNNER as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Relaxed, fun, and collaborative environment across departments
    -Good work/life balance
    -Friendly relations with most clients
    -Commitment to providing an educational and enjoyable experience for entry-level and temporary employees

    Cons

    -Poor cross-office communication
    -Perhaps too laid-back
    -Low (but not unreasonably low) pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Over worked and lack of work/life balance.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at BRUNNER full-time

    Pros

    Nice people.
    Cool culture (if your in the right group).
    Casual dress code.

    Cons

    No work/life balance.
    Poor project management.
    Overworked.
    No training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Highly collaborative environment. Stays ahead of the industry in learning.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BRUNNER (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative, smart, great people, committed individuals to get to bigger ideas.

    Cons

    Executive Management Team is dysfunctional - needs an infusion of less political, more in-tune leaders. However, CEO is strong and current President is a good start.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Profit-sharing for key performers. Get the EMT to be functional and own a better pulse on the organization. Truly integrate digital and traditional camps.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Fun Atmosphere, Great People

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    Current Employee - Media Planner in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Media Planner in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at BRUNNER full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work life balance exists at this agency. For the most part, employees are treated well. Creativity and new ideas are encouraged.

    Cons

    Agency runs lean and does not compensate appropriately. Also, they lack official training, instead you mostly learn on the job and from superiors. Not the best place for career advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BRUNNER

    Pros

    Employees are treated very well with a lot of extra benefits like flex time and happy hours. The executive team makes themselves available at all times to the entire staff in a very sincere, genuine way. Always working hard to improve capabilities and grow employees, which is good all around.

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive but a lot of the additional perks help narrow the gap. Also tries to be too many things to too many people sometimes which can negatively impacts depth/expertise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Narrow and focus on some core areas to improve consistency and performance overall.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Amazing people

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    Former Employee - Designer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Designer in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Treat employees very well
    Post-client meeting leftover food
    Everyone I've worked with is friendly, funny, and pleasant to work with (for the most part)
    They are very good about knowing your skill-set and utilizing those skills beyond your job title
    ability to work on big-name clients

    Cons

    Either you have a huge work load, or you have nothing to work on
    Layoffs with no regard for talent they are losing
    depending on deadlines, hours can be long, and stress can be high
    Compensation not fair for amount of work given
    did not feel like i was utilized to my full potential
    management tends to "play favorites"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Keep your nose to the grindstone, but don't expect results

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at BRUNNER full-time

    Pros

    - Very flexible for work/home balance. As long as you get the work done, no one will bother you. (This was most important to me, hence the overall rating of "4" stars.)
    - Quarterly meetings allow for some transparency.
    - Office space itself is comfortable and stylish.
    - Michael Brunner actually knows the names of all of his employees.

    Cons

    - Random layoffs with no determinable rational for the individuals chosen.
    - Little room to grow. There's no set hierarchy.
    - Strong bias towards digital/BHive Lab, despite the minor progress shown from this initiative.
    - Tons of turnover due to low pay and job insecurity.
    - Little effort is made to educate the client. More of a, "Whatever you say, client X!" even when it's obvious to the team that a better solution is available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the once yearly mass layoffs are a must, then please recognize that you're getting rid of phenomenally creative employees who actually want to work for you. You end up burning bridges with some amazingly talented individuals. If you're loyal to them, they'll be loyal to you.

    Negative Outlook
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