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Burson-Marsteller Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
138 Reviews
3.2
138 Reviews
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Burson-Marsteller President & CEO Donald A. Baer
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Big name clients and high profile projects (in 6 reviews)

  • Numerous opportunities to work on high-profile, top-notch clients (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • lack of work-life balance since many work beyond office hours everyday (in 13 reviews)

  • Long hours, billable hours pressure (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great experience and exposure

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    a leader in the field

    Cons

    competitive environment but lots of room for growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Experience depends on the practice you work in.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Benefits of working at a large company.

    Cons

    Promotion cycles are unreliable and management does a poor job of communicating with lower level employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    The leader, gold standard, in the industry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Agency really shifting and embracing digital, exciting clients, award-winning work with a great deal of flexibility and support from senior management. Really starting to grow now with the re-invigorated senior leadership team and their global efforts.

    Cons

    None really to mention, compensation, time-off policies, and benefits are all excellent, in line with other WPP agencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on the great track

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Clients and Account Experiences

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client-Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Client-Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to start a career in PR - learn a lot really quickly thrown into great experiences if you are willing to roll up your sleeves and work hard.

    Cons

    Compensation and promotion is competitive but can be very defendant on company success which can be discouraging if you've put in your work and long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to keep junior staff appreciated through better mentoring practices and acknowledgement/compensation of hard work.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    A venerable name in PR, but struggling to find itself...

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

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Still attracts smart people, particularly at higher levels where they will pay to attract external star power.

    Cons

    Higher than industry-average turnover, few formal training opportunities, no advancement for people at the mid-career level to move up to top levels and pay increases very inconsistent in either timing or amounts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together. Word is out that this place is a has-been. It's dowdy and you guys are disorganized. You are resting on your laurels and the brand won't last forever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good internship experience, lots of hands on experience

    Cons

    not high enough pay felt under appreciated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you're doing

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn; exciting clients

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - I learned so much at Burson-Marsteller. Lots of smart senior staff with experience working at top companies, in the government and in politics -- all of whom are eager to teach junior staff. The key is to be flexible and willing to work hard.
    - Range of clients and projects
    - If you prove yourself early on there are many opportunities to advance, take on more difficult assignment and even manage teams. With the right manager you really can set your own path and your schedule.
    - Spot bonuses/awards when numbers are excellent

    Cons

    All of the cons are the same at any agency:
    - Some mid-level and senior staff who get promoted not because they're talented but b/c of tenure.
    - Too much focus on billability numbers rather than client service or employee development
    - Salary. While competitive for the industry it's on the low end

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax billability expectations a little to focus more focus on employee development and client service

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Boot camp for PR kids

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

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

    Pros

    For a young professional, you can get a ton of exposure to all areas of the business. Burson requires an equal level of entry level and new business work, unless you are fully engaged in a very well paying client. It really is like boot camp, you get a tremendous amount of direct client exposure and substantive work. It's a great chance to learn.

    Cons

    The focus on billability is incredibly intense. I would only recommend BM to a young colleague--for those who are more seasoned, your time will not be your own and at an older age you probably want to have a life.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Have worked there for year

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Looks good on a CV - still a lot of capital

    Cons

    Self-assured but lost: boldly going nowhere. Too focused on new business revenue instead of doing solid, pioneering work - very inward-looking. Digital capabilities not up to industry par. Work/life balance practically non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be evil.

  11.  

    Bad Teams and Managers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice office area and location

    Cons

    Everything. Bad Teams, Bad Management Bad HR

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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