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Updated March 28, 2017
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  1. "A Very Welcoming Agency"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  2. "It's Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Forward Thinking Agency"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BRUNNER full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial environment - the agency allows you to make your own destiny. The leadership supports, elevates and compensates those who take initiative. Work/life balance is amazing and encouraged. The leadership team is entrenched in the day to day business, not just figure heads who make decisions in a vacuum. Issues are heard, addressed and handled swiftly. Processes are scrutinized and better ideas are welcomed. The company is not afraid to shift to the needs of our clients and employees. In fact, process changes that create impact for clients and employees are welcomed and employed quickly. Everyone has a voice at this agency. Michael Brunner listens and makes change happen. The tenure of clients and employees prove the loyalty from the partners. The work and client portfolio is outstanding.

    Cons

    Growing pains. This agency is poised to get over them quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being nimble. Keep hearing the employees. Staff for the future, not the current. Establish lofty goals. We will become Ad Age agency of the year.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Review from a Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Visual Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Visual Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The culture and people are great. I enjoy working here and the work and projects are great. You'll have the opportunity to start here as an entry-level job, and learn new skills as well as practicing them. Your resume will have a good entry here as the company is quite reputable.

    Cons

    The longer you work at Brunner, the less challenged you feel because you create and maintain websites as a developer, however there is not much individual growth here. Getting promoted as a developer is difficult because the company tends to view you as replaceable. They would rather hire a new person at a lower rate than maintain their current development team at a competitive rate. You'll notice their turnover rate for developers is much higher here than most companies.

    Advice to Management

    If you find someone valuable to the team, then value them. Pay them right and they'll stay, and the work they produce will reflect that.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Reactive and not innovative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Committed quality employees
    Strong successful history in the ad industry
    Good perks, benefits and HR staff

    Cons

    Not adapting well to the market - while the "agency of record" model for clients is fading away they lack the clarity in their offering and service mix. Reacting to clients rather than partnering and advising. Essentially taking orders.

    Business units are too siloed - the separation is confusing to clients and it makes it hard for staff to collaborate and work together.

    Old school shallow, sales-y approach to winning and retaining business

    Revolving door for staffing

    No genuine career development

    Advice to Management

    The business units leaders need to work together. Innovative and creative solutions come from teams that include people diverse in their background, professional discipline and year in the industry. When everyone is at the table contributing and their input valued you'll have the foundation for true client partnerships.

    Use contract staff rather than hiring full time

    Tap your staff for ideas on how to stay relevant

    Ditch the separate business unit model - still offer is to the client but market as united rather than branding them out. Staff can tell when the BU leaders are not working together so figure it out.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Iffy Place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Visual Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Visual Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The co-workers are great and make working there a lot more relaxed and fun. Always new projects going on, pitch meetings to attend & new information being shared. The casual laid back atmosphere is nice to work when allowed.

    Cons

    Projects are poorly managed, everything is thrown together a week or two before the release day. Most projects end up being just taped together and throw out the door just to have something out there. There really isn't really a "team player" atmosphere, everyone is out for themselves and not willing to help to each other out. This is also because people are slammed with massive amounts of work and are being harassed by PMs who are being harassed and yelled at by AMs. There is no structure and you have to go through five to six people for questions, but no one answers emails and is always busy. When you finally receive your answer it's too late.

    Advice to Management

    Create structure, hire more people or don't take on as many projects, make time for team building & just get organized.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good but not great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really great culture, hard working people and good client roster.

    Cons

    There are few opportunities for professional development a growth. The salaries are too low for the cost of living in the city.

    Advice to Management

    Show more appreciation to your employees in order to retain talent.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Meh. Second rate shop."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot from some smart people while at Brunner - there was a lot of freedom to try new things because we were in DC not HQ.

    Cons

    The work product is just "okay". It's never going to be a top shop. It's micromanaged and bureaucratic. Senior people can be arrogant - especially in Pittsburgh.

    Advice to Management

    Stop telling yourself you'll be a top shop. It ain't gonna happen. Find a service you can be the best at.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Buck passing and narcissism"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Visual Developer II in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Visual Developer II in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good location in downtown Pittsburgh. There are currently some smart people there who could help improve things if given the chance.

    Cons

    Long hours, unrealistic timelines, top heavy, lack of understanding from management, lots of talk but no action, inflexible, no room for personal or professional growth.

    Advice to Management

    Start worrying more about the people doing the work than what people are saying about the work.


  11. "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BRUNNER part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was a great opportunity to get my foot in the door for an agency. They give you hands on work and real experience.

    Cons

    There seemed to be a good amount of employee turnover



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