Leo Burnett Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
175 Reviews
3.9
175 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    The top of the mountain when it comes to agencies. An incredible learning place. A great mentoring environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Director  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Regional Director in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    As a young professional just out of college, it's a great place to learn the ropes. As a older professional, it's a great place to keep growing and developing. A very supportive environment. A fun place to work. A major creative house. So cool to work for an legend in the business.

    Cons

    It can be a challenge for millineals who like to play as hard as they work. If clients call after hours, the call needs to be answered. Work doesnt just live between 8a and 5p.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Important to treat your loyalists with reverence. The loyalists are the ones who stick around.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Loved the place

    Current Employee - Art Director Inter  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Art Director Inter in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Leo Burnett as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good opportunities as an intern to work with lots of people
    Feedback was actually helpful and constructive
    Cool and smart people

    Cons

    Worked lots of overtime with no overtime pay

  3.  

    Great Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time

    Pros

    The company cares about its employees and has a lot exciting events. The company provides lot of opportunity to help out in Volunteer events and giving back to the community which is really great.

    Cons

    People will talk about you behind your back. Need to always watch your back. Outside that aspect of certain people in the company it is great to work in an environment that has so much creativity and amazing campaigns being worked on.

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to grow

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Leo Burnett

    Pros

    Big clients. Smart people. Great culture...benefits, flexibility, fun

    Cons

    Can fall victim to its size.

  6.  

    Can't find place in digital world.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great at TV & Print advertising, office culture can be fun.

    Cons

    the agency has had a hard time finding its place in the not-so-new digital world. training people on new technology and how to be creative in a space other than TV or Print doesn't seem like a priority. not knowing how to navigate digital waters has lead to constant restructuring of roles, leaving employees wondering what their job really is (and if it will be there for them in a few months)

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good

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

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Smart people
    Big clients
    Office location
    Flexibility
    Work life balance most of the time

    Cons

    Work really depends on the client you work on
    My teams had big turnover
    Upward mobility is calculated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Leo Burnett

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Work with very smart people and great brands

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy. Promotion process can be lengthy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to move faster

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    What you expect from large agency

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

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

    Pros

    - If you are looking to learn a ton, while working with top clients than Leo Burnett is the place to be. Great culture and lots of opportunity to grow within the agency (up to officer level)

    Cons

    - raises are few and far between
    - being promoted to an "officer of the company" / VP is very political
    - high turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to keep top employees you need to compensate them accordingly

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A challenging, but good place to work

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

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Can 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

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

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

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Culture - 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

    Cons

    High 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 ManagementAdvice

    Loosen 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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