Leo Burnett Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
167 Reviews

3.9
167 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    I loved Leo

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    Former Employee - Associate Integrated Producer  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Integrated Producer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I loved working at Leo. There was an amazing sense of community, and so much going on in their office in downtown Chicago. It was a great place to start a career with so many minds around.

    Cons

    With such a huge office, it was easy to get lost. Also, sometimes it felt like there could have been more effort put forth from the creative department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job of bringing everyone into the fold of that giant office. Make sure managers are tracking with their employees so they feel like they have a resource if something goes wrong.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful Agency / Always a Burnetter!

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    Former Employee - Vice President, Account Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President, Account Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Leo Burnett provided opportunity to work with top tier clients on cutting edge programs and marketing initiatives. They have a global presence and I actually worked on several clients globally! It was an amazing place to learn advertising / marketing communications.

    Cons

    Like any large company, bureaucracy sometimes got in the way of implementing marketing programs quickly. But those checks and balances are for everyone's protection, including our clients. It was frustrating at times but manageable once you understood what had to happen in order to get things going fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was always available and extremely personable / knowledgeable...from CEO on down to Account Directors. Truly an asset to the Agency!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome!

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with and amazing work culture.
    Teams are well organized.
    Fast paced work environment with attention to latest trends.

    Cons

    Teams are adverse to new processes or change from their current way of working.
    Depending on account, work life balance varies largely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate accounts not only by PNL but also by employee satisfaction/Work-life balance per account.
    Take steps to improve situations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful opportunity to work with some of the best in the advertising industry in the mid west

    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with some of the best in the advertising business. There is a "family" feeling, although it is a huge company. High working standard.

    Cons

    You have to try hard to not get lost in the crowd. Although most of the people I encountered were courteous, friendly and well educated, I did encounter one person who was not sensitive to the fact he was working with people from different nationalities and origins.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to staff at all levels.

  6.  

    Great company to work for!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time

    Pros

    GREAT CULTURE! This company does a great job with providing a fun, informal work environment. The holiday party is EPIC!

    Cons

    You have to fight for work life balance. No one will do it for you. As entry level, you will be challenged to go beyond your title- if you fail, you can get fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions should be awarded when an individual is ready, not by the rules of management. Promote based on ability not the amount of time a person has been there.

  7.  

    I like it here

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    Current Employee - Copywriter  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Copywriter in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Decent perks. Fun environment. Great place to get started.

    Cons

    Long hours, depending on account.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better planners, better briefs, longer times to work on projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Solid job with "buts"

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    Current Employee - Senior Planner  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Planner in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Big agency experience, largest planning department in the country, library of resources is thorough, and the quant research team is strong.

    Cons

    Traditional planning frameworks can limit the openness to try something new. The creative rarely pushes boundaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Build a book fast, then cry when you have to leave to feed your family.

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

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Burnett is great.

    People. Lots of decent human beings, a few toolbags. Generally people are helpful, want to do great work, and the environment is pretty positive. Most mid-level management will let junior-level teams pitch in on all sorts of work, from huge rebrands to small creative opportunities. If you want to work on something, ask. You'll probably get the chance. Give it a few months and you'll have a lot of chances to own a campaign or a production. Probably more often then you expected, to the point of feeling overwhelmed. But there are worse feelings in the world than being overwhelmed with how much fun work you're doing. But of course, to balance out the good, there are some pretentious idea-stealing plutocrats who see advertising as a zero-sum game. Just avoid them. Don't let it ruin your life.

    Work. Lots of decent work, some great work. For the most part, the stuff that gets shipped is not terrible. Is it Wieden? No, it's not. But it isn't FCB either. You're going to have some chances to do some pretty impactful, beautiful, interesting work. Again, don't get stressed out that every brilliant idea doesn't make it. Every once in a while, one gets through, and in the meantime, there are plenty of okay ads that get made. Some are even okay enough to build a decent book in a short period of time.

    Pay. See cons.

    Cons

    People. As mentioned, there are certain individuals that just don't get it. They want to be miserable, steal work, preen their egos, whatever. Let them, nothing you can do about it.

    Work. You can work like a slave for months for a 15% chance that your brilliant idea will make it through, or you can go at a normal pace and just make okay work as much as you like. As Leo says, reach for the stars—probably harder here than some other places, but not much.

    Pay. If you're starting from school, your starting pay will be pretty comparable to other places. If you stay for several years and don't have any breakthrough work, you're likely to stay just where you are. If you come in with a few years experience with a great book, then you'll start 1.5 or 2x what a college grad would make. The bell curve is very steep for pay raises—most get nothing. A small few (ahem Mayhem team) get incredible upward bumps. But at least it goes to show that it is possible to get recognized, no matter where you start—if you strike gold. For a sad majority, the only way to find upward mobility is to leave, even when you'd rather stay. After a few years, the market values your book far more than Burnett does.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You'd keep a lot more great talent around if you had a 5% yearly raise for the middle of the performance bell curve. No inflation bump at all? That's just a slap in the face.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great benefits, good work environment

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    Former Employee - Junior Art Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Junior Art Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, employes feel appreciated.
    Great benefits package (401k match, BCBS insurance, dental, vision, payflex...)

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement can be scarce and slow.
    Upper management not very open to change/innovative thinking.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Plenty of opportunity, but with that comes lots of work.

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great projects for big brands.

    Cons

    Too many late nights and high levels of stress.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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