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Brunswick Group Reviews

Updated November 18, 2017
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Pros
  • years with the firm, I've worked on a wide array of high-profile, interesting projects that are front-page news (in 7 reviews)

  • smart people, interesting projects, and a great place for growth (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Only thing I can think of is work-life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Pay was average, given the potential for incredibly long hours and the complexity of some of the work I was given to do (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Project coördinator"

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

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment I had a blast working there

    Cons

    No cons a great overall environment

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing great


  2. "Fascinating work, lots of leeway, little structure"

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

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time

    Pros

    - Helping companies with PR for a crisis or major financial transaction is fascinating work
    - Junior staff has a lot of room to take initiative and have substantial responsibilities
    - Smart team with unique experience in business, politics and law
    - Relatively easy to transfer from one international office to the other

    Cons

    - News is a 24-hour business, which means that PR and comms are, too. This leads to very poor work-life balance and pay that can be uncompetitive, depending on the location
    - Lacks the cultural structure you'd typically find in a company of this size and scope, like values, formal training and professional development or a proactive focus on employee wellness

    Advice to Management

    Put more focus on building out the cultural infrastructure of the company

  3. "Great firm, strong people, interesting work"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at Brunswick Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    In my 5+ years with the firm, I've worked on a wide array of high-profile, interesting projects that are front-page news. You don't get to work on these kinds of projects or clients at many other firms, and it's a privilege to do so.

    The people are excellent, for the most part. Brunswick takes a rigorous approach to hiring, and generally, they get it right. Colleagues are smart, curious and collaborative. I haven't seen much if any of the kind of backstabbing that you hear about in the agency world, and for the most part, the people I have worked with have been talented and hard-working.

    Brunswick's compensation is fairly generous compared to the rest of the agency world, and it gets better as you move up the ranks.

    Cons

    As others have noted, the hours can be long, and the clients can be demanding - but that's what they pay us for.

    While compensation is good, it could be better, particularly for those who are staffed on high-intensity clients and projects.


  4. "Has potential to be great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - High-profile clients and interesting projects
    - Collaborative teams
    - Colleagues are generous with their time and advice
    - Good learning experience for junior staff
    - Great vacation & perks

    Cons

    - Lack of infrastructure leads to unnecessary pain points (accounting, HR, internal comms all could use work)
    - Need more strong leaders who know how to handle complex situations well
    - Comp isn't where it should be


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Best in the industry but still has issues"

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brunswick Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart colleagues
    Variety of work
    Ability to shape client at advice at a junior level

    Cons

    Lack of leadership in the US
    Making decisions by committee is eroding the culture


  6. "Business Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brunswick Group part-time

    Pros

    Good working environment, fun, lots of freedom.

    Cons

    Sales commission. In-house lead generation.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Great place to start your career, but Beware of politics"

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    Former Employee - Account Researcher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Researcher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I feel very lucky that my first full-time role after college was at Brunswick. Coming from a liberal arts education with a handful of internships at small non-profits, Brunswick gave me the opportunity to learn how the corporate world works across a breadth of sectors (media, retail, technology, financial services and art); the confidence to operate in that arena; and a host of important skills needed to succeed later in life as a professional. As an Account Researcher or intern your day-to-day work mainly consists of background research, writing, analysis and monitoring; it’s interesting and you are constantly learning. You’ll have a meeting or maybe five. Brunswick’s client list includes leading Fortune 500 corporations and the brightest start-ups.

    The company has a great culture, and I’ve made many lifelong friends at the firm. There are lots of happy hours, Wednesday lunches, outings to sports games and a yearly company-wide retreat. Brunswick College, which leverages the vast alumni and client network, brings interesting speakers on various topics to the office and offers tutorials on niche skills like improving your Power Point capabilities or ability to read a bulge bracket analyst report to support your professional development.

    In this fast-paced environment (can’t emphasize this enough) you learn how to pitch and handle the media; be organized; balance speed and attention to detail; speak with senior management at high-profile companies; and multitask. Most importantly, you learn how to problem solve in crisis mode while juggling your daily responsibilities and other clients.

    Conclusion: If you want to pursue a career in PR, Brunswick is arguably the best firm to start your career. With its exclusive client list, brilliant people and highly regarded reputation within the communication and advisory worlds Brunswick is really a top-notch communications firm.

    Cons

    Work/life balance for the compensation is joke. Especially at the junior levels (AR, Exec and AD), and this fosters a toxic culture. 24/7 commitment is expected on all teams although it’s inefficient to service clients in such a way because firstly, they don’t pay the firm enough to make this profitable and secondly, it causes burnout and attrition at the firm’s lowest levels, which are burdened with the 24/7 monitoring and odd hour requests.

    Weekend duty is part of the AR program, and also a requirement on some client teams. It is therefore hard to ever feel “offline”. If you are away from your desk longer than hour, you are expected to notify teams of your whereabouts.

    It can be an extremely high-stress environment. Work can be “capacity” driven instead of thoughtfully assigned in consideration of business needs and professional development. Management is opaque– for example, rotations in the AR rotational program are completely skipped with no comment, promotion timelines and overall company strategy are unclear. Further, the company structure feels too disorganized given its size (~600 employees) and age (~30).

    It’s very easy for those with big personalities or an “in” with senior management to affect professional development positively or negatively. On the other hand, if a mentor or supervisor is not outspoken nor connected with senior management development professional development in the form of team assignment or promotion may be hindered.

    ARs can end up handling an excess amount of admin work (scheduling meetings, taking notes, editing notes, distributing notes). ARs development can also be hampered depending on the personality of the executive they are assigned to.

    Brunswick can have a Napoleonic complex when it comes to its place within the hierarchy of the advisory world (order of importance: bankers, lawyers, consultants, then comms), thus some leaders at the firm encourage employees to pull all-nighters when they aren’t necessary to complete work just to have a seat at table. At the end of the day some companies see communications as a box to tick, so Brunswick gets sidelined and feels the need to overcompensate.

    Overall some company policies and attitudes can feel corporate and old-fashioned. And if you don’t want to pursue a career in communications then be prepared to get annoyed at the self-important attitude of some colleagues– “its PR not ER” is a common refrain.

    Advice to Management

    Stop calling yourselves the McKinsey and Goldman Sachs of the PR industry unless you’re willing to pay comparable salaries; prestige doesn’t pay bills. Or just pay juniors fairly (e.g. offer overtime again).

    Fix attrition at the junior levels by properly structuring the Account Researcher program: align start dates so “classes” begin together once or twice a year. Set a year minimum/maximum in the program so classes can be promoted together. This would reduce inefficiencies by forcing client teams to respect the program, eradicate the appearance of favoritism, and diminish low morale amongst juniors.

    Be honest in job interviews about the commitment Brunswick demands. Candidates can’t succeed if they walk in the door on their first day thinking it’s a low-pressure, 9-5 job. Let them know it will be hard but rewarding work, and I guarantee more people would be likely to stay.

  8. "Takes good care of their people, grueling pace"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Director
    Former Employee - Account Director

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time

    Pros

    Very well respected PR firm, good pay and bonus incentives, great vacation policy, very collaborative organization. People will share contacts internally without question to help someone on another account/client - unlike anything I've ever experienced.

    Cons

    Grueling pace, hours. Setting boundaries is important but doable.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Losing its way"

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brunswick Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Brunswick is a good place to work. Good people who are smart and fun. Clients are exceptional. Pay for the industry is decent. Colleagues genuinely care about one another. US partners very approachable and willing to work alongside you.

    Lots of hiccups as Brunswick grows, but overall still better than the way many large companies operate.

    Cons

    Internal politics. Hours are long and unpredictable.

    Company leaders have lost sight of the values and culture employees hold dear. A number of longstanding employees have left including partners. Group level making changes (fiscal year) and hires to advance "strategy" without explanation. Founders and CEO are on a power trip.

    Advice to Management

    Take a step back for perspective or hire an outside consultant to make sure you're doing this right.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "High caliber firm, collegial environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brunswick Group full-time

    Pros

    Eclectic and unusual variety of talent and expertise. Entrpreneurial, fast-moving and collaborative culture. Challenging, intellectually stimulating work. Great people and sense of teamwork, admirable dedication to clients.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be challenging, but that comes with the territory.

    Advice to Management

    More clarity on the firm's strategy and more transparency about how well it's going.


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