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Burson-Marsteller Reviews

Updated September 20, 2018
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Burson-Marsteller President & CEO Donald A. Baer
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Pros
  • "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)

  • "You can learn a lot buy serving different clients" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance essentially depends on team associated with" (in 23 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. "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


  2. "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

  3. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    There really are none. Other than you have a job.

    Cons

    Where to start? Not going to bash the place as I should- but will give all a bit of advice. Stay away from this place at all cost. Do not get sucked in by the lies. Yes, they are ALL LIES!! Trust your gut! Negative all the way around!

    Advice to Management

    Let the new generation take the lead cause you guys have fallen behind big time!


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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!


  7. "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

  8. "Didn't have the best experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller full-time

    Pros

    -Salary on par with other comms firms

    Cons

    -Not much support from leadership
    -Lacks diversity

    Advice to Management

    Account management is hard work. Invest in your people to help alleviate the work environment.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

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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

    As a former employee, I was fortunate to work with very talented folks. The environment was friendly and upbeat. The company allowed the employee flexible when it came to your work schedule.

    Cons

    Indecisive and untrustworthy senior management.
    Promotions and raises are not based on hard work but "who you know".

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together!!!! You're losing talented and loyal employees. Morale needs to come first. Listen to your employees and act accordingly.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "VP"

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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

    global reach, good people, knowledgeable staff

    Cons

    Poor management decisions, difficult to make long-term plans because business is run reactively according to clients

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive--runs very reactively according to clients.


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