Leo Burnett Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
179 Reviews
3.7
179 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very flexible with working from home and other work/life balance issues (in 11 reviews)

  • Some great people and great opportunities for great work (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • You work super long hours including weekends and holidays (in 11 reviews)

  • Depending on account, work life balance varies largely (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Agency to be a part of!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Producer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Producer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I really love this agency. There are a lot of fun people, the environment is cool and all in all a good place to work. Also, our Christmas party is a lot of fun. I heard there used to be bonuses, but those are gone. Bummer.

    Cons

    It's advertising so of course the hours our bad. I would also like to see a client roster that allows creative thinking, not just a production house, but I know that's pretty hard to find anywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's be more ambitious about getting new clients! The agency is ready to help.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing advertising agency environment. Leo Burnett fosters a supportive, a learning, and an interactive environment!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President, Regional Director  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Vice President, Regional Director in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    If you want to contnue your growth and development in advertising, Leo B is the right choice. Great benefits, great perks. But you'll find the reason you stay is for the growth experience.

    Cons

    Always depends on who is assigned to your group, but you learn to make the most of it. You can learn from ANY leader, some are better than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think upper management needs to be aware of everything that happens in the field and a way more willing to listen to what works in one versus another. Some of the leaders are less willing to look at new things than others. But overall, Leo B fosters an open, supportive environment. Great place to think and create!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Loved the place

    Current Employee - Art Director Inter  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Art Director Inter in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Leo Burnett as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good opportunities as an intern to work with lots of people
    Feedback was actually helpful and constructive
    Cool and smart people

    Cons

    Worked lots of overtime with no overtime pay

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  5.  

    Burn and churn type of career…they use you up and lay you off

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people can be very passionate about the work and be energizing to work with. The fun aspects are there…parties, social activities, a bar in the building.

    Cons

    The company is so stacked with hierarchy that you don't know what is going on in the company half the time. Once a year there is a holiday party where they talk about "the work". Other than that you only really have insight into your own accounts efforts.

    You work super long hours including weekends and holidays. They just shrug and say "welcome to agency life".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shed some of the layers between you and the actual teams. You have lost perspective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Ship without captain

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good client portfolio. Nice facilities. Free coffee.

    Cons

    Top management was clueless about new-business acquisition and valuing their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within. Get rid of Old-School LB veterans that lack a solid grasp of today's digital evolution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Can't find place in digital world.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great at TV & Print advertising, office culture can be fun.

    Cons

    the agency has had a hard time finding its place in the not-so-new digital world. training people on new technology and how to be creative in a space other than TV or Print doesn't seem like a priority. not knowing how to navigate digital waters has lead to constant restructuring of roles, leaving employees wondering what their job really is (and if it will be there for them in a few months)

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Smart people
    Big clients
    Office location
    Flexibility
    Work life balance most of the time

    Cons

    Work really depends on the client you work on
    My teams had big turnover
    Upward mobility is calculated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Leo Burnett

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Work with very smart people and great brands

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy. Promotion process can be lengthy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to move faster

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    What you expect from large agency

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - If you are looking to learn a ton, while working with top clients than Leo Burnett is the place to be. Great culture and lots of opportunity to grow within the agency (up to officer level)

    Cons

    - raises are few and far between
    - being promoted to an "officer of the company" / VP is very political
    - high turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to keep top employees you need to compensate them accordingly

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time

    Pros

    The company cares about its employees and has a lot exciting events. The company provides lot of opportunity to help out in Volunteer events and giving back to the community which is really great.

    Cons

    People will talk about you behind your back. Need to always watch your back. Outside that aspect of certain people in the company it is great to work in an environment that has so much creativity and amazing campaigns being worked on.

    Approves of CEO

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