Leo Burnett

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Leo Burnett Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
193 Reviews
3.8
193 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.  

    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

  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Good place to work, not great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  6.  

    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
  7. 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
  8.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Internship Experience

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

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

    Pros

    You get to meet a lot of people within LB and outside. You are expose to do work for real clients. The events are pretty good and there is always good food. You are going to meet some pretty amazing talented people. Take advantage of every network opportunity. I think that's the most value you can get out of this internship.

    Cons

    The work you are going to be given is not as creatively challenging. Some of the creatives are stuck in a very traditionalistic mentality of doing work and it becomes inefficient. We live in a digitalize world and it's time to move on!
    Because the company is so big is hard to make a difference and be appreciated or valued by the work you do. So if you want to get that networking going be aggressive and get out of your comfort zone. There's lots of arrogant people, but also pretty great creative people, it's just part of the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the intern project more fun and creative. The mentors I felt changed there mind most of the time when it came to giving feedback to the teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Agency to be a part of!

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

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

    Pros

    I really love this agency. There are a lot of fun people, the environment is cool and all in all a good place to work. Also, our Christmas party is a lot of fun. I heard there used to be bonuses, but those are gone. Bummer.

    Cons

    It's advertising so of course the hours our bad. I would also like to see a client roster that allows creative thinking, not just a production house, but I know that's pretty hard to find anywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's be more ambitious about getting new clients! The agency is ready to help.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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