Leo Burnett Reviews

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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. 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

    Pros

    One of the biggest and most talented agencies in Chicago

    Cons

    They forget about their people and what would help them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to those that make you who you are

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Leo Burnett

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment, constant learning, open door policy

    Cons

    Cant specifically think of any

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 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

    Pros

    Awesome projects to work on, big names, good learning

    Cons

    Long work hours, no work life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 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)

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Fun working environment

    Cons

    Low salary increment for certain employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adjust better salary

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Review of Burnett

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    Former Employee - Copywriter
    Former Employee - Copywriter

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Strategy

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    Current Employee - Digital Strategy Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Digital Strategy Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flat hierarchy, okay but plateauing accounts, broad learning opportunities, strong leadership but often with varying direction and difficult to get guidance on individual accounts, decent client relationships

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity for professional growth, inconsistent talent pool, poor integration for digital thinking in company, need for more external guidance and thinking,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just talk the talk. Ensure the SVP and EVPs grasp advertising changes and create progress in the agency

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Loved it! Miss working there!

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    Former Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Leo Burnett as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The internship program was amazing. Offered lots of opportunities with relevant advertising work, as well as other things, such as volunteer opportunities, Chicago living experiences, etc.

    Cons

    The summer came to an end and the internship ended.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Greatness awaits

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    Former Employee - Creative Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Creative Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    As any other place in the world, your experience will be different depending on your team. I worked with one of the best teams so you really get to do extraordinary things.

    Cons

    Theres not much regard to personal life. Sweatshop mentality (but you know what you're in for)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people. Be a little more competitive with salaries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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