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Updated November 20, 2017
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Burson-Marsteller President & CEO Donald A. Baer
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Pros
  • Great people, interesting work with big name clients and a lots of knowledge sharing (in 10 reviews)

  • Great people, office culture, interesting work, exciting environment (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance essentially depends on team associated with (in 22 reviews)

  • Most staff work long hours although official working hours are from 9-6 (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Company!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting and diverse mix of clients both large and small
    Challenging work
    Flexible and good work life balance
    Fun office culture with close knit team
    Great company outings and events
    Lots of resources for people to take advantage
    Some of the smartest and most talented people work here

    Cons

    Vacation policy good but could be better
    Office and equipment can be updated / better IT service

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your staff as much as you can and where you can. They are the most important part of any company.


  2. "Junior Staff"

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

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

    Pros

    - mentorship/growth opportunities
    - creative projects
    - capable colleagues

    Cons

    -office and equipment can be updated/better IT service

  3. "Smoke and Mirrors - Get your house in order"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, diverse clients and new initiatives to improve culture and promote diversity & inclusion

    Cons

    Financial hardship (recent layoff selection process unclear - leaving many questions and concerns), top heavy, raise & promotions are not consistent both with timing (unsure as to when the next cycle will occur) and selection (lots of social promotions), performance development plans are useless and connected to nothing (raises nor firing), many senior leaders have been socially promoted and do not carry their weight - dumping the work and on younger staff and quickly point the finger at others.

    Advice to Management

    Get your house in order. Develop consistent HR practices for raises & promotions - talent and institutional knowledge are walking out the door every week. Take the business case for employee engagement seriously. Retention of clients will never work until you nurture and develop the people that serve them. Connect annual performance evaluations to raises and firing, without doing so they serve no purpose and you are not developing your talent or providing exits for low-performing employees.


  4. "Junior Staffer"

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

    Pros

    - Great projects
    - Capable and intelligent colleagues
    - Opportunities for growth
    - Entrepreneurial spirit

    Cons

    - Work life balance
    - Crazy hours


  5. "Ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It was fine - just a job

    Cons

    Same as above - it was fine


  6. Helpful (1)

    "ACE"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller full-time

    Pros

    Friendly culture, at least in my team.
    Opportunity to work for many great clients.

    Cons

    Each team works on their own, they do not share anything with other colleagues.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You will get good client experience that is varied and interesting.

    Cons

    Expect little to no leadership. It's ironic for a PR firm that specializes in employee and organizational communications to not practice what it preaches to clients so note the absurdity and accept you can't change it.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to avoid continuous 3-4 year boom and bust cycles, treat leaders the way you want WPP to treat you.

  8. "Great place to learn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic staff to learn from

    Cons

    Turnover can be high over the years you work there.


  9. "OK"

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    Current Employee - Client Staff Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Staff Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge, international network and diverse client portfolio

    Cons

    A lot of office politics and competition. The work isn't particularly meaningful.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Struggling to find themselves in modern integrated marketing."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Client portfolio, global footprint, respected holding company

    Cons

    Lack of focus, inability to modernize, politics valued over talent.


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