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"Great learning experience, cares about its employees"

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Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

I worked at Burson-Marsteller as an intern

Pros

1. Great leadership team
2. Internal and external trainings that allow employees to develop cross-skill set
3. Receptive to feedback

Cons

1. Not as digitally savvy as it could be (media monitoring conducted offline)
2. Internship program is too underdeveloped. Interns should be given more guidance, and be able to contribute to projects as opposed to tasks.

Other Employee Reviews for Burson-Marsteller

  1. "Great Place for the Favored Few"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Global firm with big-name clients that look good on a resume; opportunity to work and interact with colleagues from around the world. Good opportunity for advancement if you work with the right senior managers and become one of the favored few. Those that do are rewarded with promotions and plum assignments.

    Cons

    If you are not one of the favored few you can become invisible. Working for the right manager has an impact on your promotions and salary increases. Tremendous turnover at the upper levels of management since Mark Penn took over, and billability has become the watchword - to the detriment of everything else.

    Advice to Management

    Stop stacking the company with ex-politicos to impress clients. Contrary to what Mark thinks, political campaign tactics don't work for every client.


  2. "Great resources to learn about the industry - just make sure you bill!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Staff
    Current Employee - Junior Staff
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Burson has a large breadth of capabilities and it is a great place to learn about all the different types of communications. While opportunities won't fall on your lap, there is a large network available with specialists around the world.

    Cons

    Leadership touts the DIGS strategy - Digital, Integrated, Global and Strategic. The digital arm was recently separated and the company is not very integrated at all as practices compete with each other to make numbers. While there are offices around the globe, there doesn't seem to be very much collaboration between the U.S. and other places and opportunities to work abroad are extremely limited. It is really a shame the program for working abroad isn't more robust because it would be game-changing to really have a connected network. As far as the Strategic element of the strategy, well, isn't everything strategic?

    The company is extremely focused on numbers, especially in the last several months. Billability is the name of the game! But of course new business is always a priority, as long as it doesn’t take away from billable work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing so much on billability and let people be more creative. Be more transparent about expectations - if you want us to work 50 hour weeks just say it straight out instead of making people do the math of getting enough billable work in and contributing to new biz development.

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