Brunswick Group Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Amazing place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brunswick Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fast pace, opportunity to work on high-profile, high-intensity projects for a blue chip roster of clients across a range of industries.

    Cons

    work-life balance can be an issue.


  2. Brunswick

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredibly intelligent staff, highly collaborative within office and across the global organization. Breadth of clients put Brunswick in league with firms significantly larger.

    Cons

    Poorly managed. Minimal structure, particularly within human resources function creates little accountability for senior partners in salary, bonus and promotion discussions. Favoritism also an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to create better system of checks and balances within management organization. Managing expectations around salary, bonuses and promotions and greater transparency would serve Brunswick will as an organization and create greater loyalty for staff.


  3. Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brunswick Group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good firm, good location, good staff

    Cons

    I am here for short term only


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    Good professional environment, tedious work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Brunswick Group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People are nice, and very smart. You will learn a lot and be exposed to the most senior members of the firm, even as an intern.

    Cons

    Strange office atmosphere and work becomes very tedious as a junior member of the firm.


  6. Strong culture and fun, ambitious people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brunswick Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brunswick operates as a professional services firm, rather than a PR agency. A relentess focus on delivering quality advice to clients makes Brunswick a special place to work. Employees are proud to call themselves Brunswickians, and follow the 'work hard, play hard' mantra. Leadership across the world cares immensely about the culture and works hard to preserve it. Standards are very high globally and a lot of attention is paid to recruitment, with cultural fit being as important as skills and experience. Very collaborative and collegiate environment - any rare folks who don't fit this mold don't tend to last long. The 'one-firm-firm' ethos makes it much more fun to work across borders and along with the partnership structure sets Brunswick apart from larger, publicly-owned firms. Brunswick really does play at the highest level of corporate engagement, focused on business critical issues, and isn't afraid to turn down engagements that don't fit with that model or that the firm wouldn't be proud to work on. Working at Brunswick means you build a terrific network of interesting and influentual contacts through clients, advisors, the media, and especially the notoriously fun Brunswick events. I would not work at any other agency.

    Cons

    Demanding expections of working hours and 24 hour connectivity - but that's what comes with working on such high-profile mandates. Some growing pains as Brunswick increases in size globally and tries to maintain culture and feel, as you'd expect from any professional services firm.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Challenging, yet demanding job.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time (More than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging and engaging work environment. Provided a great crash course in how the business world works for a recent liberal arts graduate. Amazing colleagues, who are bright and compassionate, but yet hold you to a high level of performance. Great career opportunities to engage with C-suite executives and brand name companies around the world.

    Cons

    The hours - the media never sleeps and neither do you. Your blackberry is your new best friend.


  8. Crisis Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Crisis Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Crisis Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Intelligent, well connected to government insiders.

    Cons

    Interference from satellite offices that may not be familiar with a particular issue or portfolio.

    Advice to Management

    Chain of command could be more clear...


  9. Positive

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The staff is highly motivated and the work is interesting. Brunswick has a strong work culture and the people there are nice for the most part.

    Cons

    Everyone is expected to work extremely long hours and management never seem to mind piling on the work.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work, amazingly strong culture.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Brunswick Group

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - wonderful company culture - global approach, lots of opportunities to travel and work with teams located in other offices - consistently attracts top tier client opportunities

    Cons

    - hours can be extremely challenging compared to compensation


  11. Helpful (2)

    Not your typical "PR firm"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Brunswick Group

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart staff Nice people & supportive environment Challenging work

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance Somewhat "stiff" and "stodgy"



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