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Burson-Marsteller New York City Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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Burson-Marsteller President & CEO Donald A. Baer
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Pros
  • You can learn a lot buy serving different clients (in 9 reviews)

  • Big name clients and high profile projects (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Burnout and work/life balance unless you make it a priority (in 18 reviews)

  • When pitching new business, that reputation is hard to shake in the room (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time

    Pros

    Dynamic place to work. Lots of smart, energetic people -- with impeccable backgrounds from journalism, government and major corporations -- keen to make a difference. Easy to see why B-M has reputation for handling the most challenging communications issues. While its historical strengths for strategic counsel remain, it has a number of people with state-of the art chops in survey research and digital.

    Cons

    Long days, lots of change (though most for the better).

    Advice to Management

    Recent executive hires have upped the game of the agency...more communication, more transparency, more focus on the right things. Keep it up and continue to reach out to employees at all levels.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great opportunities, but difficult work/life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work never ends, and great opportunities come often, however, junior staff is overworked and under-appreciated.

    Cons

    There's not advantage to having a cosmetic company culture.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that all staff matters, take more time to understand those who work around you, and allow the company to grow bottom up, not the other way around.


  3. "Prestigious Organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The most prestigious PR firms I have worked at. Very smart, strategic, talented employees. Great clients. Strong interest, from the top, around culture and a positive work environment.

    Cons

    Have to deal with the corporate WPP structure which sometimes creates roadblocks in getting things accomplished. Similar to Publicis and Omnicom... they are all the same.

    Advice to Management

    Have clear decision makes, sometimes too many cooks in the kitchen.


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  5. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Incredibly smart and talented peers; great bosses and support system; opportunities to raise your hand and work on new projects; attempting to improve culture; work from home flexibility is amazing

    Cons

    Coin toss on if you're going to have a good manager and strong support system; promotion cycles are incredibly frustrating and political; senior leadership is a boys club; culture can be lacking

    Advice to Management

    Remind your staff that you value them and recognize that the lack of transparency around promotion cycles (including how people are chosen for promotions) make even the most loyal "Burson Persons" feel jaded


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Too big, too dirty, too many men at the top"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    smart people. hard workers. ( i need to have 5 words...)

    Cons

    they take on a lot of clients who are controversial as in anti-environment, pro GMO, etc. There are few days where we left feeling good about the people we were helping.

    Everyone is always 'so busy' to the point where work looses creativity and it's just about moving things and getting things done.

    Advice to Management

    slow down. work more closely with junior staff. incorporate training programmes for staff at all levels. let some more women get to the top. teach men about sexism in the workplace


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Administrator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Administrator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Administrator in New York, NY

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Company, Benefits, coworkers and management. No micro managing.

    Cons

    Compensation is not competitive and no room for growth


  8. "Mediocre Experience"

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    Former Contractor - Receptionist in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Receptionist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -The creative people are the most friendly and have the most personality
    -Free food sometimes/birthday breakfasts
    -9th floor happy hours
    -Company events/parties

    Cons

    -The corporate employees seem more stuck up.
    -Enviornment seems fake.
    -Hire temporary employees and keep them on for months at time because they don't want to pay for benefits.
    -Pay is very low for such a prestigious firm.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees in administrative roles to expand to other departments if they'd like to. Treat facilities staff like employees too (mailroom guys).


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart and talented people
    Interesting clients

    Cons

    Demanding work environment
    Promotion and raise process is not very transparent and happens infrequently


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great employees, slow moving upper management"

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great employees, especially brand marketing team.
    Excellent brand marketing clients

    Cons

    Difficult to advance- long review process for raises/promotions from very high up management.

    Advice to Management

    Global needs a better review process of employees.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Cautious"

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Client Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Client Executive in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller full-time

    Pros

    - Great brand names
    - Can open doors later in career
    - Opportunity to work with some very smart people

    Cons

    - High turnover of junior staff
    - Upper management only looking to maximize bottom line
    - Expect to work long hours

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to a company culture as you are bleeding some of your best people



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