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Updated August 31, 2017
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Michael J. Brunner
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Pros
  • For an agency, the work life balance is good (in 7 reviews)

  • Some of the developers were great people (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • No cons - I had a good experience (in 2 reviews)

  • Old school shallow, sales-y approach to winning and retaining business (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "You get out what you put in"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BRUNNER full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic company to work for. They really care about the people. Coworkers are phenomenal, both professionally and personally. People who are driven to go above and beyond will thrive here, hard work is rewarded ($$$.) Great perks, happy hours, summer Fridays, HSA with some company contributions, flex funds for life enrichment activities up to $500 a year, bonuses. Company appreciates when you put in extra time to get the work done, they respect your time. For an agency, the work life balance is good.

    Cons

    The company is going through some growing pains. Processes are not clearly defined which can lead to frustration, however, changes are underway.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Developer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BRUNNER full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Happy Hour with free beer to drown your sorrows.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment. If you're not part of someone's clique don't expect any sort of respect. Constant downsizing. Want to get talked down to? Have a chat with the CTO. Have an issue with your computer? Prepare to be berated and belittled by the IT department because you interrupted their video game playing.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps understand that your employees are actual living breathing human beings.

  3. "Beautiful Office, but not stable and bad mgmt"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BRUNNER full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Pros are that this office is amazing, modern, open and impressive. They have a lot of happy hours in the office, and it's not a big deal to have drinks at your desk. You are not micromanaged, and can do what you want, as long as you get your work done. So many fun people have worked here over the years.

    Cons

    So many cons.. poor management; they do not keep up with the times. Their 'thing' is to downsize every year. You basically always, always always have the feeling you are going to get fired here, unless you are a partner. If you are young and have little experience, and don’t have too much responsibility at home, then this will be an amazing experience and probably the most fun job you can have. If you are responsible for your household, and need to have a secure future, then every day is like playing Russian roulette. You could get fired at any time, and will be when you least expect it. They are not great at holding onto new business opps.

    Advice to Management

    Try to put yourself in the shoes of people who are not rich, and think hard before you act.


  4. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pitts, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pitts, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BRUNNER (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment. High creative energy. Management support and internal growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Lacked a focused strategy to attract and retain diverse talent.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be transparent and a people first culture.


  5. "Cliques and nerves"

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    Former Employee - Production Artist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Production Artist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BRUNNER full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are a good bit of experienced people who are willing to guide you. Can sometimes be a fun environment filled with Pittsburgh locals. Nice benefits.

    Cons

    Rumbling undercurrent of panic where company news is heard through rumors. Losing an account will assuredly bring layoffs which explains such high turnover. Not really a cohesive environment where cliques are formed and people vie for personal glory over their peers.

    Advice to Management

    Really is baffling how out of touch company brass is with the actual feeling of the employees. Sometimes we'd fill out surveys and then management would address very embarrassing answers to the crowd. It felt like a public shaming. Do yourself a favor: never be honest when asked to submit questions and surveys. The best advice I can give you is to work hard for your fellow employees. Trying to please management will not save your job or earn you kudos. Let management try their wonky strategies independently. Working for the people around you is your best chance to cultivate happiness.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Worst employment experience"

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    Former Employee - Development
    Former Employee - Development
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BRUNNER full-time

    Pros

    Some of the developers were great people

    Cons

    eveything!! They think the reason for a high turnover rate is because their environment doesn't fit everyone, but it's not the environment it's the management. Most of the employees do not want to work for the management not the company.

    Advice to Management

    Need to make big changes in IT. Such a hostile environment and no room for mistakes.


  7. "Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BRUNNER full-time

    Pros

    Extremely creative
    Open to ideas from everyone
    If you work hard, you'll stick around

    Cons

    No cons - I had a good experience.

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  8. "A Very Welcoming Agency"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Art Director in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Art Director in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BRUNNER full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    My best experience working in an ad agency
    Very kind and friendly culture/people
    Smart team which doesn't overlook your hard work
    And not afraid of showing their appreciation
    Supportive of your good ideas

    Cons

    There is not really a big con to working at Brunner. However there are minor things which can be improved, only to make more Pros.
    There could be more ambition and focus on the work itself to elevate it to a higher level, rather than spending time on justifying certain positions or departments. (Results speak best for themselves)
    With an existing good culture, there is no need trying to define a new one. Just observe and appreciate what's already there

    Advice to Management

    I can't make any advice to management when I'm not in such level myself.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "too bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Happy hours on Friday.
    Nothing to mention.

    Cons

    Project managers have ZERO knowledge.
    No room for growth.
    Mangers have ZERO knowledge about IT.
    They replace employees very often even they perform well.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the project managers who has knowledge.


  10. "It's Good"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BRUNNER (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to start -- they listen to you.

    Cons

    Transparency can be low at times.

    Advice to Management

    Remember to send information all the way down the ladder.


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