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Leo Burnett Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
213 Reviews
3.6
213 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 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
  7.  

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Leo Burnett

    Pros

    There is nothing I did not like about my experience at this company - it was a great environment and everyone was very friendly!

    Cons

    I don't think I can think of anything that I would change about my experience. It was very good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    McDonald's Corporation

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company - much more fulfilling than many people would think. It's a highly addictive culture that affords you the opportunity to grow and learn constantly. It's also a culture that is rooted in hard work and a down-to-earth attitude. So, if you're not a "roll up your sleeves" person, then it's the wrong place for you.

    Cons

    It can be a very political place - they're certainly not alone. But, the people are exceptional, even if the leadership sometimes loses sight of that at the regional level. None of the cons are serious enough to warrant not exploring opportunities with McDonald's.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Excellent outlook and experience, good culture.

    Cons

    Must be flexible with work/life balance schedule

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    If you are a Designer, an Art / Creative Director, or an Account Manager this Agency might be a good place for you.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work here is the name recognition if you want to work in a well know, award winning ad agency. If you are on a creative or an account team for a major client (and you do good work) you will generally be highly regarded and rewarded. Other good positions might be Producer or Marketing Analyst. Also, the benefits are great.

    Cons

    It may not be the best place to work if you are not directly involved in client work. Overall the environment is generally fun but offset by a lot of stress, and very late hours are routine especially for client driven, creative work. The creative leadership seems top notch, but other departments no better than any run of the mill corporation. There is some opportunity for slow personal growth — great creatives and account people advance quickly but are also the first to go if a client is lost or unhappy. Many people in other departments tend to be lifers and this makes for a stagnant culture and little opportunity for innovation. There are also challenges with the agency being under the Publicis Groupe corporate umbrella, and the technology services, systems, and support are terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At least 90% of your HumanKind culture supports the creative teams and makes success possible. Consider doing more to make them feel like it.

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