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Leo Burnett Reviews

Updated April 17, 2018
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  1. "Leo B"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time

    Pros

    great people, great portfolio pieces

    Cons

    very long hours, difficult clients

    Advice to Management

    recognize talent


  2. "Producer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people. Great benefits. Familial atmosphere.

    Cons

    Leadership is slow to respond to changes.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more business.

  3. "Leo Burnett has transformed with the times"

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    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great casual Fridays (with doughnuts and bagels), great free apples in the lobby

    Cons

    It's a caste system, where recruiters go to specific schools. If you aren't educated or educated at a school that is not recruited, you automatically start at a lower level and have to work extra hard. The issue is that some of the recruits are dumb and lazy, and the recruiters are even worse than that. But, you can have a great career for years in this environment. Some of the people have been there way too long and will never leave, they should be forced into retirement to allow for people who are smarter and more innovative.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the people who've had to work from the lowest rungs of the corporate ladder...they're your smartest assets!


  4. "cool people, tough times"

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    Current Employee - Associate Producer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Producer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    leo is a place undergoing a lot of change right now, as our industry does. that always creates anger and fear, but the people at leo, the individuals, are the people i want to be in the trenches with.

    Cons

    it may be too big for it's own good. publicis is very 'hands on' without possibly having the foresight to be as productive as they'd like to be. we also dont get promotions, raises, staffing or infrastructure support to meet their ever raising standards.

    Advice to Management

    be patient and don't freak out. it's a good place to be. maybe not as much right now, but in the long run, the people here now will be glad they were.


  5. "Art Director"

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    Current Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Love my job. Great company. Some late nights but a lot of days off. People are awesome.

    Cons

    Nothing so far, it's been the best agency I've been in.


  6. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time

    Pros

    Years ago it was the culture and artist in residence.

    Cons

    No development for teams and poor management drive low morale. No opportunity for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking about yourself and develop your team. Create an environment where people can grow.


  7. "So much, yet not enough"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing global client roster, surrounded by creative problem solvers, The Burnett Breakfast.

    Cons

    Work life balance? Nope.

    It's also such an old and established powerhouse that a lot of the employees are playing the large office political game, and that can be cutthroat.

  8. "Amazing people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time

    Pros

    Working with the best of the best

    Cons

    Long long work hours are the expectation


  9. "Best Creative Agency"

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    Current Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    New leadership isn't afraid to get into the weeds to make change. And the creative work remains consistency top-notch.

    Cons

    We're leaner than we've ever been before, which means long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused and help us operationalize the vision.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "You will give your life for your career. And they will expect it."

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    Former Employee - Creative Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Creative Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Free food, on occasion, a christmas party that hasn't been litigated out of existence yet. They hire good people, some feel compelled to stay.

    Cons

    Every account in general run like a sweatshop. Useless old white management they are trying to change but is immovable in the field offices. Rampant drug and alcohol abuse. Alcoholism is extremely common and is codified as part of the corporate culture.

    Agency losses are constant and made up for by free work from existing employees until they too quit. If you're new, this is going to be you too.

    The agency suffers from an overall rudderless management scheme for years in which sexual predators, alcoholics, professional jerks and the generally useless survive every purge but lower level employees are sacked without reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Climbing the corporate ranks requires you be white, male and have a strong liver. This needs to change.


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