Leo Burnett

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Leo Burnett Reviews

Updated December 6, 2014
Updated December 6, 2014
196 Reviews
3.7
196 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.  

    great place.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time

    Pros

    work life balance is strong.

    Cons

    its a goliath in nature. not agile and nimble. that will forever be its weakness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    culture is great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Superficially nice, but watch your back!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President

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

    Pros

    Big, famous agency
    Respected name in Chicago
    Interesting clients

    Cons

    Run on a shoestring as Publicis sucks all the profit away to Paris.
    Top Management is disconnected from real business of managing clients' problems - either keeping its head down or focusing on self PR and award shows.
    Slow to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage in your business. You should be where the fires are - not AWOL then blaming it on someone else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Love

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Leo Burnett

    Pros

    Lots of work
    Great people
    Great benefits great location always something to do or something going on creative plCe room to grow

    Cons

    Long commute and freezing in the winter, not a lot of guidance or room to grow within the company not a lot of help

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good

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  5.  

    Feels like family

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Creative and motivated people work here

    Cons

    Training for new employees could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the lines of communication open.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best agency in Chicago

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Leo Burnett

    Pros

    Amazing people - everyone at Burnett is a leader in their field and worked very hard to get where they are. People are welcoming and helpful. I've had brilliant bosses who were interested in my career growth and success. I love the nonprofit connection, as Burnett encourages all employees to volunteer and has relationships with a ton of Chicago charity organizations.

    Cons

    Long hours, but worth it if you love it. Definitely a competitive atmosphere and promotions do not come up often.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Producer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Producer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, good career assignments, very team driven, highly creative talent pool, good benefits and career opportunities, top level clients

    Cons

    Promotions may be slightly stagnated; loss of business could translate to layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back some of the talent you let go of during layoffs when the opportunity arises - open the doors - respond to employment applications.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Good place to work, not great.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A lot of creative and talented people around you.
    Cool projects
    Work/Life balance
    Benefits

    Cons

    Some more experienced (seniors) employes/management are close-minded (wont welcome new ideas to improvements/change) which makes talented people leave the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose carefully your managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Equal parts good and ugly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Copywriter
    Current Employee - Copywriter

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time

    Pros

    Large company, good resources, good training, many smart people to collaborate if you are in the right group

    Cons

    Big, powerful and can be political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle management isn't your best gauge of who the best employees are

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Junior Executive in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and friendly environment. It is a place you can wake up and be excited to go to.

    Cons

    The stratification of different departments can come in the way of work that can be executed much quicker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start employing people who have an understanding of both new media and web development process in order to keep up with the times.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Smart people!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Digital Producer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Digital Producer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Really smart people work here
    Interesting client work (both for North America and Global)
    Opportunity to make a difference

    Cons

    Lean teams so quite stressful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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