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Leo Burnett Reviews

Updated January 17, 2018
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  1. "Best Creative Agency"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "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.

  3. "Everyone’s not on the same page"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible
    Great time off
    Lots of parties if that’s your thing

    Cons

    No increases
    Some teams of Management shouldn’t be in their position
    Not 100% upfront
    Do not support all employees who have a flexible work schedule that put in 300%
    Too concern with Presence versus Performance (there are lots of lumps on a log who are “present”
    Some people in Management are too concerned about how “they look” so much so they force employees to leave

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent. Filter your beliefs to you team. Upper management should never have one train of thought and allow their management team to communicate completely different thoughts. Causes way too much confusion and discord.


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    "Run!"

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

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Old and respected brand, well past it's prime.

    Cons

    Lacks vision and bench strength at senior level. Strategy and creative seriously lacking. Politics trumps business with unjustified egomaniacs aplenty.

    Advice to Management

    Take a long hard look at yourselves and your EVP level. These are not people with interests beyond their own. Old fashion and resting on history vs. chasing the future. A lot of preaching going on but not much action!


  5. "Too much politcs"

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    Former Employee - Producer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Producer in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A great place to work with top clients. Talented people.

    Cons

    Politics get in the way of success. Needs some housekeeping.


  6. "Operations Analyst"

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

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for, lots of perks. Decent salary at entry-level.

    Cons

    Can be considered just a number, instead of a person. Cutthroat. Company is going through some changes and the turnaround rate has been high.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employee's like they matter. Give Kudo's where they are due.


  7. "Established agency with a strong history"

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    Former Employee - Strategy in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Strategy in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great brands and clients. Great people. Excellent benefits. Working hard to be a solid modern agency. Values creative and creativity.

    Cons

    It’s big and so it can feel a bit like individual agencies based around pieces of business. There are some outmoded ways of working but they seem to be trying to tackle this to get more progressive.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Ch-ch-ch-changes"

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    Current Employee - Creative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Creative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can do good work here.

    Cons

    Holding company doesn't care about you. Been in decline for years. War between what was and what will be. Easy to feel like a cog in the wheel.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people. You don't seem to do that anymore.


  9. "LB CHI"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time

    Pros

    Good people and often good work

    Cons

    Difficult to advance, a lot of good people leave


  10. "VP, Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time

    Pros

    I worked with the smartest people in the industry.

    Cons

    No cons. I really enjoyed my time there.


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