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Bernstein-Rein Reviews

Updated November 15, 2017
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  1. "A breath of fresh air"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.


  2. "former employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bernstein-Rein full-time (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.

  3. "Beware: not the agency it used to be"

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

    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 day to day operations. Leadership listens to feedback but doesn't act on it, which creates an even larger disconnect.

    Advice to Management

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


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible Experience / Bad Creative Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Senior CopyWriter in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Senior CopyWriter in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bernstein-Rein full-time (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 machine and be forced to use dated internal apps.

    Advice to Management

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


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Stay away"

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

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

    Pros

    Summer Friday's and Christmas week off

    Cons

    To many in the boys club, work you hard and no appreciation for it at all

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the boys club


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Nice Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Bernstein-Rein full-time

    Pros

    I really like working at BR. Everyone is very friendly and very nice. It is a great work environment. Working on the Plaza is great.

    Cons

    Don't like the open office concept. Too noisy.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Need for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with and be around. The work life balance is good, never feel too overworked.

    Cons

    Compared to other agencies around town BR is outdated. They are having trouble winning new business which leads to less than exciting work and a huge turnover rate. They do not focus on new hires and it results into positions absorbing the vacancies work.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on development of teams and not senior management.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty Good - room for improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bernstein-Rein full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    BR does some great integrated work on national brands. The group is tight knit and everyone genuinely cares for each other. Very few egos and a lot of true camaraderie. The new management hires have really done a lot to get it moving in the right direction. Amazing balance here!

    Cons

    Employee perks needs to ramp up. There's a keg on tap and snacks in bulk bins but this agency needs to catch up with local competition.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people beyond the Management team. There are some people with great ideas and aspirations to help that need to be better utilized.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "if you stay, you wont be appreciated"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Summer hours, a week off at Xmas, 37.5 hours usually

    Cons

    Management doesnt know your job
    Someone leaves, you absorb the position rather than hire someone else


  10. "Data Base Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bernstein-Rein full-time

    Pros

    Great people. Great investment in team and culture, ensuring that everyone works had, but enjoys life and is respected for their contribution. Great benefits including as much sick leave as you need, within reason. Lively and dynamic workplace.

    Cons

    None. Only left to move my kids close to family. Great place and wish I still worked there.


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