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Leo Burnett Reviews

Updated January 17, 2018
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  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.


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. 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.


  5. "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


  6. "Creative Director"

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

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time

    Pros

    The people are the best. The work exciting and culture is steeped in history.

    Cons

    New changes are losing some of that culture.

    Advice to Management

    It may be time to take the name off the door.


  7. "Associate Producer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to be involved in large client projects even at an associate level

    Cons

    Very little upward mobility or direction

  8. "Media Planner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time

    Pros

    Great company. Top rate.

    Cons

    Long hours and hard entry.


  9. "Eh, might be better on creative side"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's been a struggle last few years. The industry is down so can't blame our Agency. However, it does seem to be turning around a bit

    Cons

    no raises in 2 years


  10. "Senior Accounting Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Senior Accounting Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Accounting Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and generous paid holidays.
    The people are some of the best in the business.

    Cons

    Important information is not always communicated to the people who need it the most.
    No room for growth.


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