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Great learning experience, cares about its employees

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Burson-Marsteller as an intern

Pros

1. Great leadership team
2. Internal and external trainings that allow employees to develop cross-skill set
3. Receptive to feedback

Cons

1. Not as digitally savvy as it could be (media monitoring conducted offline)
2. Internship program is too underdeveloped. Interns should be given more guidance, and be able to contribute to projects as opposed to tasks.

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    Bad Teams and Managers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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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    Decling brand that settles for good rather than striving for great. Unprofessional leaders, poor benefits demotivate.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    1) Great client names
    2) Great company history
    3) Flexibility to relocate or work remotely
    4) Great place to float under the radar without working too hard if you do not have great ambition

    Cons

    1) Burson is a machine. It is impersonal and lacks character. Leaders are MIA and therefore employees feel invisible. Process overtakes personal.
    2) The company lacks creativity and innovation. If this does not change, we will soon lose good clients. There are serious signs of instability now.
    3) Hierarchy is rigid and it's well-known. Overstepping boundaries is not encouraged.
    4) Extremely professional behavior and dress is expected of staff but leaders do not set the example. F bombs reign supreme and some leaders (not all) are borderline abusive in feedback (i.e. using extremely derogatory terms).
    5) Burson settles for good rather than striving for great. Staff is demotivated. There is no incentive to push ourselves or our clients for great results. Turnover is high.
    6) Promotions and raises are slow and minimal, plus title system is not standard to the industry which can set you behind.
    7) Hours are crazy... but only for some. Many do not pull their weight and it falls on the shoulders of a few.
    8) Culture is non-existent. There are rarely happy hours or gatherings. We do not have regular staff meetings. We do not mix between practices or even client teams. Purse strings are so tight that if I want to take my reports for a reward lunch or happy hour, I have to foot the bill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At the most senior levels: walk the halls every once-in-awhile. Your industry peers are doing it! Impersonal management styles are quickly fading and lead to turn over. MDs and global client leads: provide constructive feedback, respect your employees, and ensure competitive salaries and promotions. Other big agencies do not operate like this, and they are hiring!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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