Brunswick Group Reviews

Updated Feb 25, 2020

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46 Ratings
Pros
  • "Brunswick works on some of the most high-profile crises and with some of the most well-known businesses in the world(in 12 reviews)

  • "Many genuinely interesting projects(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/life balance can be tough sometimes during the busy period(in 21 reviews)

  • "Long hours, lack of accountability of senior employers(in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Flexibility and benefits"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brunswick Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Brunswick offers incredible benefits and work flexibility. Colleagues are all incredibly intelligent, talented, and motivated.

    Cons

    Competitive environment with little training structure. You won't be successful here if you aren't an independent go-getter.

    Brunswick Group2020-02-25
  2. "Good people, terrible management"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Receptionist 

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Family oriented, open minded, smart people. Fast paced, never a boring day.

    Cons

    All of management doesn’t know what they’re doing or how to manage a team.

    Brunswick Group2019-12-03
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Admin managment is a joke"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The overall admin team has the potential to be great.

    Cons

    Those put in place as "management" for the admins are lazy, untrustworthy and at times incompetent.

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    Brunswick Group2019-11-12
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Over worked, under paid....."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lovely team members 25 Vacation days Collegiate atmosphere Interesting projects

    Cons

    Work/life balance is impossible - you are expected to be available 24/7. Expect to work many late nights and weekends Work loads are very heavy and admin management expects you to take on extra projects for the office, which distracts from your day to day responsibilities Lots of talk of "restructuring," and things getting better with no action being taken Salaries are very low for the amount of hours you work

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    Brunswick Group2019-11-12
  5. Helpful (2)

    "High-profile work, great benefits, unpredictable hours"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Brunswick works on some of the most high-profile crises and with some of the most well-known businesses in the world. The exposure to executives and issues that make news headlines each day was not something that I ever expected, but has served me very well since moving on to other agencies after Brunswick. There were many instances where my friends outside of work would be chatting about something they read in the front page of the WSJ and it would be about a client issue that I was working on directly. There is very little strict management or hierarchy at Brunswick, allowing you to work many promotion levels above your rank. Even at the lowest promotion level, if a Partner trusts your work, he/she will bring you into pitches, let you deliver presentations in front of clients, bring you to networking events, draft any type of doc, etc. The benefits are amazing. -25-30 vacation days each year which don't have to be accrued. Unlike other firms with unlimited vacation days, there is a prevailing norm where everyone actually takes all of their vacation. -unlimited snacks, food, alc, coffee in the office that is better than any selection I've heard of -free trips to London all expenses paid for

    Cons

    In my opinion, Brunswick has an identity crisis: is it a PR shop or consulting firm? The work Brunswick takes on is closer to PR, it expects its employees to work as many hours as a Big Four consulting firm, but pays its employees like a boutique PR firm. At the lowest levels, the pay is definitely not commensurate with the amount of work, which is also extremely unpredictable -- fluctuating from 40-70 hours per week. The pay can almost be laughable at times when working long hours on a crisis, or thinking about the major responsibilities a junior staffer can be given. You never feel like you're offline at Brunswick. Everyone is given a work phone and is expected to have it with them and be responsive at all times outside of the office. The internal communications that come from the HR department and leadership are extremely vague, which doesn't interfere with client facing work, but can be very frustrating when trying to learn about why people left the firm, overall financial performance, employee rating systems, promotions, etc.

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    Brunswick Group2019-10-14
  6. "Great Place to Start A Career"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brunswick Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Exposure to high profile clients and projects Opportunity to build a breadth of experience across sectors Collaborative work environment with smart, accomplished colleagues

    Cons

    Hard to build an expertise Comp is low considering long hours at times

    Brunswick Group2019-07-17
  7. "Intense environment with a lot of autonomy"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Executive 

    I have been working at Brunswick Group full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work and smart colleagues

    Cons

    Long hours and experience varies drastically by team

    Brunswick Group2019-07-20
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Diverse talents from all the same type of (white) people"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent people, super lax, easy work, catered lunches, lots of social schmoozing.

    Cons

    Non-competitive salary and lots of turn-over as people get poached a lot. High egos and high maintenance people, not diverse at all, super cliquey, and passive-aggressive communication across the board.

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    Brunswick Group2019-05-31
  9. Helpful (3)

    "High-profile work that results in a demanding culture"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - I feel very fortunate to have started my career at Brunswick. From the onset, you will work on some of the most high-profile matters in the business world. As a junior-level employee you also have unprecedented exposure to C-suite executives and business leaders at some of the most highly regarded companies in the world. - You'll never feel bored at Brunswick -- there is always something going on. Very mentally stimulating work. - Great vacation policy from the beginning of 25 days vacation. And, to be honest, no one is really tracking your vacation but you, making it easy to go beyond that limit. - Brunswick has a great culture at the junior level. I've made several lifelong friends at the firm and countless memories both at and outside the office. - A stocked kitchen full of coffee and snacks if always a plus.

    Cons

    - Work-life balance at Brunswick is tough. You are expected to be online 24/7 and that fosters a toxic work environment where you feel like there is always something more you can do. Weekends and holidays can be taken away at a moment's notice. - The pay is poor at the junior level. While it is above industry standards, the amount of hours and high-level work that is consistently put in does not match-up to your salary. - Junior level employees can be saddled with incredibly mundane and admin-related tasks. - The level of work that Brunswick takes on results in an incredibly high-stress environment. Everything is always needed at a moments notice. The saying "it's PR not ER" could not ring more true. - Following the departure of Steve Lipin, leadership at the New York office has declined significantly. However, the hiring of a new CEO of the Americas who is based in New York might change that around. - Brunswick is confused at what it is. They market themselves as a 'critical issues firm' -- does that mean they are a PR firm or a consultancy? If the former, reconsider the work you take on and implement changes that will lower the overall hours that employees pour in. If the latter, then pay your employees more!

    Brunswick Group2019-05-08
  10. "Intern"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Overall perfect culture with a relatively smaller team, everyone was helpful and friendly, really taught me a lot

    Cons

    Wasn't able to do much as an intern

    Brunswick Group2019-04-04
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