Burson Cohn & Wolfe Reviews

Updated Jul 31, 2020

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3.3
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Burson Cohn & Wolfe CEO Donna Imperato
Donna Imperato
14 Ratings
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  • "Typical agency issues - over-emphasis on billability, tendency to "jump" when a client asks, etc(in 2 reviews)

  • "The new management has nothing to do with the values and leadership by example that Burson-Marsteller had before the merge process(in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work!"

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

    I have been working at Burson Cohn & Wolfe full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great place to develop as a professional. People first environment.

    Cons

    IT could use some more people.

  2. "Growth Mode"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Burson Cohn & Wolfe full-time

    Pros

    The company is growing and there's a lot to do, learn and help with.

    Cons

    Typical agency issues - over-emphasis on billability, tendency to "jump" when a client asks, etc.

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  3. "Great people and a lot of potential, but falls short"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Interactive Project Manager in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Burson Cohn & Wolfe full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Awesome people to work with who give awesome support - Good culture - Great with WFH -

    Cons

    - Salary not competitive - Under resourced, so executing quality projects can be a big challenge - Poorly scoped projects

  4. "CEO is awful"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Burson Cohn & Wolfe full-time

    Pros

    location by Madison Square Park in NYC, which is beautiful

    Cons

    I was only paid for ONE WEEK of maternity leave. One. Week.

  5. "Great on paper, lot's of progress to be made"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Burson Cohn & Wolfe full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great teams and good NYC location

    Cons

    Post merger, it seems that this is legacy BM with a new logo. Outside of the company name and logo, management should make a concerted effort to re-imagine the company.

  6. "Toxic"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Burson Cohn & Wolfe full-time

    Pros

    Experience a wide range of clients Opportunity exists to lead big PR Stunts Resources available to learn/grow if you ask for them

    Cons

    It's as if they VALUE toxicity Everyone looks to tear others down to build themselves up and it ultimately leads to the clients getting screwed the most No work-life balance, you MUST answer emails at all hours of day/night Lots of busy work, very little focus on PR - often they suggest really large scale PR stunts that cost tons of money just to be able to bill the clients and have the project on their portfolio Team leads spend a lot of time talking, but not saying much Everyone is so busy that it's impossible to lean on anyone else for help when you are drowning You don't get a choice in clients you work on (client list shifts a lot because they focus on getting new clients and don't keep their current clients happy) Upper management is completely out of touch with what AEs and others handle on the day to day... and out of touch with how the PR industry is shifting... No feedback loops or ways to suggest improvement Passive aggression and conflicting messaging galore Everyone there wishes they were a snake, but really they're all rats

  7. "Big Agency, Working Hard to Find its Way"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Burson Cohn & Wolfe full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Large company with really smart people

    Cons

    For an agency of its size, it should have better resources for paid and creative work

  8. "Great place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burson Cohn & Wolfe full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I have the best mentor/manager

    Cons

    Morale could be better throughout

  9. "Great Remote Opportunity"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contract in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Burson Cohn & Wolfe full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I was part of a 17 person team supporting multiple auto manufacturing plants in 5 different states. Even though we weren't located together, our coach at BCW made sure we felt like a team, and employed a number of online team tools to help facilitate knowledge sharing and team building.

    Cons

    Remote employees can sometimes be forgotten, but that was most due to a particular manager.

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  10. "I enjoy my job"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consignment Inventory Analyst 

    I have been working at Burson Cohn & Wolfe full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Tuition reimbursement, 401k matching, work from home benefits

    Cons

    Market structure, bureaucracy, under staffed

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