Leo Burnett

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Leo Burnett Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
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3.9 165 reviews

91% Approve of the CEO

Leo Burnett Chairman and CEO Tom Bernardin

Tom Bernardin

(85 ratings)

89% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very flexible with working from home and other work/life balance issues (in 9 reviews)

  • This company does a great job with providing a fun, informal work environment (in 11 reviews)


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

  • You can expect to work long hours depending on the client and/or project (in 10 reviews)

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    Excellent culture, smart thinking, great work... but will burn you out if you're not careful

    Market Research Director (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsCulture - it's an extremely fun and creative atmosphere. There's always something interesting going on or someone interesting to talk to.
    Benefits - outstanding benefits and vacation time
    Smart Thinking - draws in a lot of top talent, so you get to work with people who really challenge you and make you better at your job
    Great Work - creates work that you can be proud of and excited about

    ConsHigh stress, high pressure environment. Tends to not reward loyalty so there's a lot of turnover in order to advance your career, is a big company that moves very very very slow in terms of employee relations, creating new processes, teams, etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLoosen up the purse strings to keep top talent and hire more people. I'm seeing a lot of people doing the work of 2-3 people and not being compensated or given additional resources. Burning and churning employees is not good for morale.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A challenging, but good place to work

    Associate Creative Director (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat work atmosphere. They really try to create a fun work environment. There are many social activities and opportunities to have a good time. The agency is full of many talented people that are inspirational to work with.

    ConsCan be very demanding and stressful, depending on the client you're working on. It can feel like management is disorganized or confused at times, but not more than you'd expect from a large media/advertising company. Depending on your role, there can be few career opportunities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Producer.

    Anonymous (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people. The opportunities are endless.

    ConsPay is low for production. Creative is good tho.

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    Great Company, extremely happy for the opportunity here.

    Production Manager (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat reputation, blue chip clients, amazing HR department, decent autonomy with my peers & supervisors.

    ConsSometimes hard to excel as an individual, as the agency is so large. Sometime cumbersome in process, again, due to size & volume.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNA. I think this agency still has a great reputation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great all round internship

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAllowed to work on a variety of real projects, interns weren't strictly policed by department etc.

    ConsI guess the fact that the Internship was unpaid, but I knew that coming in. Great experience though, learned a lot.

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    A lot of good people, who get lost in politics

    Senior CopyWriter (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGood benefits, big clients. People who do great work get recognized and receive good assignments. There's a lot of global work coming through Chicago.

    ConsPolitical minefield, really hard to produce great work. A lot ideas get lost between the floors and meeting rooms and don't even go to the client.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Watch your back

    Talent Manager (Former Employee) Troy, MI

    ProsGreat benefits, like moving to different positions this is the place! People here are great, however underlings are afraid of their own shadows for fear of being watched by management.

    ConsSecretive with everything they do regarding employees. Your job title is different than the next person doing the same job, thereby allowing them to 'eliminate position'. Initial training is poorly managed and rules change daily.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet over yourself.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great agency, Fun internship, a bit superficial

    Account Management (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsMy internship experience was phenomenal. They really know how to treat their interns and make the summer a blast.

    ConsDepending on your team, theyre REALLY not good at giving you straight forward and honest feedback.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great company in need of improvements

    Account Director (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    Prosgreat sense of community
    competitive salaries
    good advertising
    variety of client accounts

    Conschicago office is big fish in small pond and must diversify their talent and offerings to compete with top global creative shops and smaller digital shops

    Advice to Senior Managementchicago office is big fish in small pond and must diversify their talent and offerings to compete with top global creative shops and smaller digital shops

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing culture, talented people, globally recognized clients

    Account Executive (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsYou learn the ins and outs of advertising and have the opportunity to participate in truly fantastic creative development. The culture is amazing and it's clear Leo Burnett is the best ad agency in the Chicago area.

    ConsEspecially at an entry level, raises/promotions are not performance based but rather cyclical based on how many years you've been at the company. Such a system can be disheartening.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider being more transparent with the raise/promotion process

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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