Burson-Marsteller - Top-notch agency for a PR newbie or a seasoned PR pro, but so-so for those in between. | Glassdoor
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"Top-notch agency for a PR newbie or a seasoned PR pro, but so-so for those in between."

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Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
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No opinion of CEO

Pros

The company is excellent in regards to global reach, name recognition, variety of opportunities within and between practices and teams, great leadership, recruiting great talent, benefits package is okay for a large agency, not making employees feel guilty for taking a holiday, and the review process is fair and straightforward.

Cons

Relatively low pay, no annual bonus, lack of transparency in promotions/raises/salaries, etc., reputation as large, slow-moving agency with equally established client base/no innovation, really bad retention, the PR for our company is -ironically- pretty bad for a PR firm, the same people keep getting the high-profile projects, not very active in PR world outside internal functions.

Advice to Management

Make it a priority to get everyone involved in new business instead of just the same people over and over again. You'd be surprised how people you never would have considered can shine and bring a lot to the table. Keep encouraging and follow-through with reasonable suggestions on improving the work culture and other subjects of employee feedback.

Other Employee Reviews for Burson-Marsteller

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great $ and opportunity if you're willing to spend the time and put in the hours."

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a place where you can move up quickly and be compensated well if you work hard and show tangible results, e.g., bring in new business, grow business, etc.

    Cons

    It's not a 40 hour a week job. I averaged at least 60-65+ hours and travelled quite a bit. With the exception of travel, junior people are expected to put in the hours if they want to be promoted as well.

    If you want to be a mom and see your kids, this is not a place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Try to figure out a way to build in flexible hours for more senior women in the organization. There is no such thing as part-time in this organization regardless of what the company may say -- nor are they really open to it if you are a Director or above. You are expected to manage teams (in person), bring in new $$ and travel.


  2. "Client Staff Assistant"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller as a contractor

    Pros

    You work with exceptionally caring individuals that are invested in your professional growth and are dedicated to producing the best possible work as a team.

    Cons

    None to note at this time.

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