Leo Burnett Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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Pros
  • Very flexible with working from home and other work/life balance issues (in 12 reviews)

  • Some great people and great opportunities for great work (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • You can expect to work long hours depending on the client and/or project (in 13 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is very bad, compared to the salaries (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Assistant Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people. Great culture.

    Cons

    People can get lost in the shuffle at a large agency

  2. A very big ship stuck in the ice

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work in chicago. One of the most creative agencies in the country. Tons of experiences and learnings.

    Cons

    Very process driven and slow. Not reactive when it comes to find new ways to do things. Too traditional

    Advice to Management

    Embrace change and prepare the agency to be a one of a kind leader agency again. Do not lay down counting on past wins. A lot more has to be done

  3. Creative Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Push for and deliver high quality work

    Cons

    very political with one of the lowest pay ranges in the industry

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people what they are worth and they will stop leaving

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  5. Talented people, but a big company, with too many layers at times

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    Current Employee - Planner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Planner in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Leo Burnett

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    One of the biggest and most talented agencies in Chicago

    Cons

    They forget about their people and what would help them

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to those that make you who you are

  6. Good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Leo Burnett

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment, constant learning, open door policy

    Cons

    Cant specifically think of any

  7. It was hard work but a lot of fun.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Leo Burnett

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome projects to work on, big names, good learning

    Cons

    Long work hours, no work life balance.

  8. Helpful (1)

    An agency with a great history but uneasy with the changing world it faces

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty good culture.
    Kudos of working at Chicago's most illustrious agency
    The Annual Breakfast must be the best Christmas party in advertising

    Cons

    Slow to change.
    Best work is done is smaller offices while Chicago struggles with internal processes and politics.

    Advice to Management

    Better alignment needed between those who run the offices and departments and those who run the actual businesses and have to deal with the challenges of real clients every day. Feels like there are two agendas and those who survive and thrive seem to be those who avoid ever really having to get their hands dirty in the real work of the agency.

  9. Awsome

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

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time (More than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Fun working environment

    Cons

    Low salary increment for certain employee

    Advice to Management

    Adjust better salary

  10. Review of Burnett

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    Former Employee - Copywriter
    Former Employee - Copywriter

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Got a chance to work on some cool brands. Got some some solid book pieces. Hours are often long, but its advertising -- what do you expect? Plenty of opportunities if you're willing to play the game so to speak.

    Cons

    It's a big agency, so the usual ones. Lots of layers of approval; and the process can be quite rigid and formal depending on which team you work on.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make it so difficult to move between teams. Its healthy for creatives, and everyone for that matter to work on different stuff and broaden their perspective.

  11. Great Place but Beware: Big and Impersonal.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great overall work comes out of the agency.
    -Agency values their employees for the most part.
    -Many days off and good compensation.

    Cons

    -Not a lot of room for growth on certain accounts.
    -Lots of gossip and cliques.
    -Many people are selfish knowing they work for one of the top agencies in the world and that gets in the way of working as a team to produce the best work.
    -Too big of an agency, easy to get lost.
    -Not much connection between Jr and Sr level employees.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose sight of that mission statement...

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