Burson-Marsteller Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Burson-Marsteller President & CEO Donald A. Baer
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54 Ratings

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
  • Work-life balance for the most part depends on the client (in 13 reviews)

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

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  1. SOX Audior

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    Former Employee - SOX Auditor in Pinecrest, FL
    Former Employee - SOX Auditor in Pinecrest, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller (More than a year)

    Pros

    They were 5 years behind and I was able to bring their files up to date. This was a consultant job and it felt great to perform and finish this job.

    Cons

    That I could not find a full time job there. I loved working there. It was a great experience.


  2. Not Too Bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland Park, NJ

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible about changing hours, work from home, business casual dress code, fun office parties.

    Cons

    very little work/life balance, raises are few and far between, high expectation/demand with little reward.

    Advice to Management

    be honest with your teams.


  3. Helpful (1)

    associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time

    Pros

    Great location, smart people, pockets of strong leadership

    Cons

    there are a number of people who are surprisingly not bright, silos, no inter-practice cooperation


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Associate

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Was on a good team, and late hours created great long-lasting friendships

    Cons

    Employees who stick around are delusional and think they're doing innovative/thought-provoking/interesting work, but the clients (as well as smart employees) are a revolving door. Every idea/deck/presentation is taken from a different client and just 'find/replace' the new client name.

    Advice to Management

    No one who leaves Burson has a good thing to say about Burson.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Great flexibility, but no clear development path

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    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good clients, interesting work and flexibility for high-performers. New CEO has committed to change culture and performance program, but change seems to be slow.

    Cons

    No clear development path - raises, bonus and promotions are all a total mystery to rank and file staff (and some senior leadership claim they don't really know how it works either) We are told that its the fault of the parent company (WPP) but other WPP companies/sister agencies have seem to figured it out. I was told when I started here 3 years ago that they were 'working' on a new performance program, but it hasn't happened yet.

    Advice to Management

    Get the performance and development system organized and make it transparent.. Tell employees what it takes to move up and then reward them when they achieve those benchmarks.


  7. Sr. Vice President

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time

    Pros

    Access to wide variety of interesting clients

    Cons

    Part of huge WPP bureaucracy.


  8. Managing Director

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working at Burson affords the opportunity to meet very bright people from multiple practices and functional areas.

    Cons

    No company culture, and WPP controls many company decisions, all driven by the bottom line. Senior leadership cares little for staff cultivation. No loyalty except to the chosen few. .


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great people but crazy clients aren't reigned I.

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really great people who care about each other, career development, flexibility. Account teams run well as most people work hard but have easy going personalities. Employees are much nicer than what I experienced at other agencies.

    Cons

    Work/life balance. Lack of culture and identity as many accounts work across different offices. Senior leadership lets certain clients (who fall within the Key Client Relationship Model) walk all over us. They will do anything to keep these clients, even at the expense of employees health and wellbeing.

    Advice to Management

    Cut ties with abusive clients that aren't profitable.


  10. Positive Changes Happening

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with smart, professional, accountable and personable employees on big clients with important issues.

    Cons

    It takes a while to turn a big ship but there is real change happening that's improving the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Keep steering the ship in the direction US CEO is focused on.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Great Clients, Great People, Poor Leadership from WPP

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    BM Clients are some of the best and appreciate the work we do for them. As a BM employee you will likely work on various projects spanning a wide variety of subjects and industries. There is rarely a dull moment. For the most part the people are great to work with.

    Cons

    WPP does not seem to value employees of the companies it holds. BM has been growing in the U.S., but WPP continues to limit raises, promotions and bonuses. The result has been and will likely continue to be high employee turnover. It is difficult to stay loyal to a company that does not seem to care if you stay or go.

    Advice to Management

    WPP needs to change the way it views employees or risk losing a significant number of the people responsible for the client relationships in the near future.



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