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Burson-Marsteller Reviews

Updated December 13, 2018
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Burson-Marsteller President & CEO Donald A. Baer
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Pros
  • "Gutes Management, gute Entwicklungsmoeglichkeiten, flexibel was Work-Life-Balance angeht" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Big name clients mean that there are high-exposure campaigns and opportunities to work on, which helps build skill and can look impressive on a resume" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Competitive environment and not much of a work/life balance" (in 24 reviews)

  • "Parent company has large influence, lack of recognition for hard-working staff, long hours and focus on numbers over work" (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Great place for junior enployees"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with a great set of global clients and learn from interesting enployees with diverse backgrounds. Burson hires top talent and I love learning from employees. I have learned a set of skills here I don't think I would have had the opportunity to learn at this junior level. Senior leadership goes out of their way to inform junior employees and value our opinions. I think this is a wonderful company for junior employees. I also absolutely love the new employee resource groups. It's nice to lean on other employees and find out how we can do or be more for our co-workers. I've had the opportunity to dive deeper into my goals and what I would like to get out of working at BM.

    Cons

    More trainings for employees. I know we're revamping our training program, but I've always found them to be very helpful. I love hearing from employees around the world and diving deeper into tools for my work. I find the global trainings to be my favorite. I've noticed other people comment about the raise and promotions cycle, but I feel like my manger communicated this very well with me. I knew exactly what to expect during my cycle and my manager always kept me in the loop. I really respect my supervisor for this. Also, we've had a recent change in senior leadership and I'd like to know more about what this means for us.

    Advice to Management

    More training opportunities for employees. Maybe have managers communicate with their employees about the raise and promotions cycle more.


  2. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Significant variety of work and experience. Ability to find the type of work that suites your strengths.

    Cons

    Competitive environment and not much of a work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage upward mobility through business development.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Make this your last option"

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    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    office space/ Everyone is leaving or left

    Cons

    Low Pay
    No Diversity
    Lacks Leadership
    Over Worked/ Under Paid

    Advice to Management

    Start Over


  4. "Great people, but very siloed."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller full-time

    Pros

    Teams are all very friendly and it's easy to get the job done.

    Cons

    Often too big/too siloed to respond in an agile way to changes in the industry/client requests (has to go through too many people).


  5. "an intern experience"

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

    Pros

    Best internship experience I've had thus far in terms of rigor and expectations.

    Cons

    Good or bad: each day is different


  6. "Pleasant work environment but lacked well trained management in my department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good corporate culture and people

    Cons

    Management in my department was not qualified for position and couldn't provide proper support


  7. "A company adrift and not adapted to the changing face of PR"

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

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A few smart, seasoned people left.

    Cons

    Company adrift with poor quality execs who don't know how to reinvent the business.

    Advice to Management

    WPP needs to step in and remove senior management and replace with game changers, not shuffle in people from a consumer PR agency and think they know how to do corporate reputation work in the modern era.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "BM 101"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting clients, generally smart coworkers, great agency training.

    Cons

    Low pay, 24/7, intense company culture (not feeling comfortable taking a sick day or using vacation etc.), sexist (men get paid more and move up quicker than women).

    Advice to Management

    Hire more women in upper management positions. Pay people what they are actually worth.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Unprofessional with hiring process"

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

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller full-time

    Pros

    •Clients
    •Reputation
    •Interview questions
    •Location

    Cons

    Received a verbal offer for a position, and was told it would be a few weeks to finalize through the department. Three months passed, and no word from interviewer. After many follow-up e-mails unanswered, I was left to assume the position was not on the table.

    This is highly unprofessional. For an established company, the hiring process should not be this challenging. I received an offer for a great position but something ‘came up’ and I was no longer utilized or informed. Not a fan.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up the hiring process, communicate frequently with those hired, and treat them like they are valuable. After all, they are working for you!


  10. "Client Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great platform for fresh graduate

    Cons

    Low salary at lower levels