Bernstein-Rein Reviews | Glassdoor

Bernstein-Rein Reviews

Updated Jan 18, 2019

To filter reviews, or .

Found 37 reviews

2.7
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
31%
Recommend to a Friend
62%
Approve of CEO
Robert Bernstein
20 Ratings
  1. "A breath of fresh air"

    StarStarStarStarStar
      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Bernstein-Rein

      Pros

      Free espresso, summer Fridays, free snacks, friendly coworkers, etc. The President makes it a point to wish people happy birthday or congrats on anniversary in person. If you have a great skill set, they will allow you to put it to use, which is awesome.

      Cons

      Sometimes hard to know who makes final decisions, which can really slow processes down. Other than that, none other that I can think of.

      Advice to Management

      Empower and trust your managers to make calls.

      Bernstein-Rein2017-09-07
    • Helpful (1)

      "Wonderful People"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Bernstein-Rein full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      I loved working at BR. I really enjoyed my direct leadership and felt like we had a great working relationship. It is a pretty transparent working environment which was gladly welcomed. There is vision for the future and positivity from the leadership team to take BR to a really good place.

      Cons

      Was a little gossiping and unprofessional at times, but that's just people. Not the reputation of the agency itself. I think it's because there are a lot (too many) people that have been with BR for a very long time and have so much history.

      Advice to Management

      You are really doing great and people see that. Keep doing what you're doing!

      Bernstein-Rein2019-01-19
    • Helpful (1)

      "Coasting on fumes"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Bernstein-Rein full-time

      Pros

      The people, at least most of them, are great. The name still carries weight in Kansas City ...

      Cons

      ... but it has nothing to do with anyone currently in charge. Management rewards those with the loudest voices, not the most solid contributions. The creative department is grossly undervalued, and that is without mentioning the complete lack of creative leadership. Freelancers are used WAY too often when there are a number of capable people in already in the department with nothing on their plate. Not only are the walls...

      Show More

      Advice to Management

      Listen to your employees that are actually doing the work.

      Bernstein-Rein2018-09-11
    • Helpful (1)

      "A great place work!"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Former Employee - Doesn't Matter 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Bernstein-Rein

      Pros

      Relationship focused - internally and with clients

      Cons

      Managing director does not reflect the spirit of the agency

      Advice to Management

      Look to your roots!

      Bernstein-Rein2018-03-29
    • Helpful (8)

      "Great people, but riddled with smoke and mirrors"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Bernstein-Rein full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      The people here is BR’s greatest pro. They are fun and a joy to be around. These are people who are creative and strategic and want to create great work.

      Cons

      There is a severe and glaring lack of transparency throughout the entire agency. Upper management operates and communicates with the rest of the company through smoke and mirrors and won’t let anyone else in on what’s going on till it’s too late. There is a lot of power and reliance on less than a handful of individuals that are pretty out of touch with the rest of the agency and the industry as a whole. They talk...

      Show More

      Advice to Management

      Stop using the word family to describe the company, and the rate people leave, get fired, and let go from the place it’s starting so sound more and more hypocritical. Empower lower level employees. Decide on and actually implement a process that EVERYONE follows so work is efficient and clear. Invest in your employees’ happiness and opinions. There is so much creativity and great ideas in the office but no besides...

      Show More
      Bernstein-Rein2018-01-29
    • Helpful (5)

      "Such a shame"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Bernstein-Rein full-time

      Pros

      Good work/life balance (but not for all employees). Free espresso and snacks. Off early on Fridays in the summer. Christmas week off. Some really awesome people.

      Cons

      Terrible benefits. Constant struggles with getting things done because of upper management. Just when you’re ready to pull the trigger on something, someone higher up that has nothing to do with your department changes it. Not enough people to get the work done, especially in creative. This stresses everyone out. Great ideas and strategies tend to fall apart because of lack of time and workload.

      Advice to Management

      Take a closer look at the competent and highly skilled team around you. They don’t need to be babysat. Instead of laying off the hard working folks, get rid of some of the negative folks that have been there too long.

      Bernstein-Rein2017-12-08
    • Helpful (4)

      "This Place Is A JOKE"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Bernstein-Rein full-time for more than 10 years

      Pros

      Nothing is a pro here

      Cons

      The whole agency, can't get new business or keep ones they have, treat employees like dirt, benefits are a joke , lots of bullies there and they kepp them imagine that!

      Advice to Management

      Get rid of big shots who do nothing

      Bernstein-Rein2017-12-09
    • Helpful (1)

      "former employee"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Bernstein-Rein full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      A lot of great people here. Employees are friendly and like to have fun.

      Cons

      Management is horrible. The workspace is horrible. People are coming and going all the time and everyone seems miserable. There are far better agencies out there..

      Advice to Management

      Firing people is not a solution.

      Bernstein-Rein2017-11-16
    • Helpful (1)

      "Beware: not the agency it used to be"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Bernstein-Rein

      Pros

      There are some great, smart, talented, fun people who work at BR, and some clients (like McDonald's) are well-known. The agency has a long-standing relationship with McDonald's and previous relationships with impressive clients like Walmart.

      Cons

      Depending on your department/clients, work-life balance may be nonexistent. Compensation and benefits aren't competitive with other agencies. The project management department is very inconsistent and the whole agency suffers from a level of disorganization. There's a lot of administrative support staff for people who don't contribute to the business as a whole, which takes away resources that could be used to improve...

      Show More

      Advice to Management

      Don't rely on your former glory. Set people up for success.

      Bernstein-Rein2017-11-01
    • Helpful (6)

      "Terrible Experience / Bad Creative Leadership"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Former Employee - Senior CopyWriter in Kansas City, MO
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Bernstein-Rein full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Free coffee & goldfish crackers. Summer Fridays. And a few nice people that genuinely care about your work and want to coach you to be a better creative.

      Cons

      Bob Bernstein left a legacy and then his son (Steve) ruined. it. The company is in shambles and its not getting any better. Creative is stale and tasteless with quite a few egos amongst current ranks. No empathy for employee work/life with extremely dated benefits. HR is NON-EXISTENT here. Also, don't plan on using new tech if you ever have a lapse in judgement and decide to work here - you will be handed an ~6 yr old...

      Show More

      Advice to Management

      Hire smart people and listen to them. Spend more money on tech and employee related initiatives.

      Bernstein-Rein2017-07-10
    Found 37 reviews