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  • "Great people work there which leads to a great place to work(in 42 reviews)

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  1. "Great people who want you to succeed"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Leo Burnett

    Pros

    Relaxed Environment Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Too traditiional with no room for change

    Advice to Management

    Open up your mind a bit more.

    Leo Burnett2018-01-15
  2. "Intern Program"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Leo Burnett for less than a year

    Pros

    Diversity, talented and hardworking people, good resources and perks.

    Cons

    No work-life balance Long hours No good communication with upper management

    Advice to Management

    Be more communicate and open with employees in all levels

    Leo Burnett2018-08-22
  3. "Horrible leadership/employee value"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - good work/life balance - fun parties/company events

    Cons

    - horrible leadership stemming from the top SVP in your department all the way to the managers - unless you're in a creative/new business type department, no appreciation for your role in the agency

    Leo Burnett2018-08-06
  4. "So much, yet not enough"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time for 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.

    Leo Burnett2018-02-04
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    "Excellent Place to Work"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Leo Burnett

    Pros

    It really is what people have hyped it up to be. Work-life balance is typically great, with the exception of a few late nights or weekends here and there. People are open and collaborative (depending on account, I'm sure), and there is a true feeling that everyone is putting their best foot forward to deliver the work.

    Cons

    Office is kind of cluttered, but that's about it.

    Leo Burnett2017-08-09
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    "Leo Burnett"

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    Current Employee - Producer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great health insurance, well known clients that have been around for decades, lots of perks like free beer/snacks, unlimited sick days

    Cons

    Work-life balance is expected to be more work than actual life, 1,500 people in the company so lots of process layers and bureaucracy to wade through, negative environment, little encouragement from management, good 'ol boys club - all the white males make decisions for you

    Advice to Management

    Give people raises so they have incentive and actually want to stay. Leadership is important but it needs to stay consistent so people know what's going on and have someone to trust. More performance reviews and encouragement from employee/management.

    Leo Burnett2017-04-30
  7. "Senior Copywriter"

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    I have been working at Leo Burnett

    Pros

    Very good work life balance

    Cons

    They don't pay very well.

    Leo Burnett2017-05-24
  8. Helpful (5)

    "AAE"

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    Current Employee - AAE in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Leo Burnett full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great clients - Looks good on a resume - Great location - Good place to start

    Cons

    - People are mean to one another and there's a lot of trash talking (other employees) among co-workers. - No (I mean zero) opportunities for growth, even if you ask for them. - No work/life balance. You're expected to be 100% connected 100% of the time. In my two years here I've had to work on every vacation. - They don't do employee reviews so you never know how you're doing. - Incredibly defeated and... negative environment right now since they've lost a lot of business. - Huge turnover rate. - No job security, they're constantly doing layoffs. - The pay for the work that is expected is embarrassing. Some of the lowest in the business.

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    Advice to Management

    Focus on your talent. It takes more time, effort and money to train a new employee rather than work to keep current employees happy.

    Leo Burnett2017-03-22
  9. Helpful (5)

    ""It's not the only game... but it may be the best game in town.""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Leo Burnett full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance - ...Even for some of the creatives. People - Brilliant, creative, fun people who, even if they aren't engaged by their daily work, have fascinating interests and side hustles. If you're on a happier, healthier team, you'll probably want to be best friends with your colleagues. Clients - If your book doesn't matter, you can definitely boast about working on some of the most high profile clients... in the world. On the other hand, clients and agency tend to be conservative and old fashioned -- we're not putting out the most innovative work by a long shot. Perks - Summer days, a wonderful private gym, gorgeous offices with stunning views, solid health insurance, lots of catered meals, insane parties, PTO for volunteering. Pro Bono - Great pro bono opportunities... if you can find your way to them through the organizational mess. LBU - Leo Burnett University has some great professional development opportunities. I took a public speaking and presentation class that literally changed my life.

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    Cons

    Bureaucratic Disaster - The organization is so beyond bloated that it's impossible to change clients, pivot roles, or grow immensely in any respect, which leads me to... Talent - Almost no chance to grow one's career by staying in the agency. Between the worst talent management (talent manager for strategy, I'm looking at you) I've ever encountered, near constant hiring freezes, and insane organizational politics,... getting a promotion or raise is almost unheard of. You really have to advocate for yourself and have strong allies in this organization... and, if you do push for what you want, you'll make enemies. The people who should support your career development - managers, functional team heads - rarely do. Holding Company Relationship - ...Makes also zero sense. As far as I can tell, having to pass everything through Paris merely slows already frustratingly long internal processes. Holding company doesn't do much to foster unity and collaboration across partner agencies and competencies either. Lack of Vision - Especially with the heavily shifting leadership of late. North America and Chicago leadership parades out a new set of buzzwords and hash tags every few years to guide and inspire the organization, but they don't get disseminated to the people who execute. LB does not walk its talk. Rogue Regional Offices - The lack of a vision and mission coming from HQ filters down to regional and international level, which is deeply dysfunctional, disorganized, and the opposite of buttoned-up. Out of Touch Leadership - Management -- on client team and functional levels -- is rarely aware of the pain points of those in the trenches. When entry and mid level employees approach management to try to make changes and improve processes, they're frequently lashed out at as the source of these issues or downright disregarded. High Turnover - I mean, it's an agency. 'Nuff said. And there's no way to get ahead by staying there. Misleading Perks - Reading about organizational initiatives (global mobility, volunteer work, employee orgs, training opportunities, etc.) it's easy to get excited about LB. In actuality, getting to take advantage of these perks is a lot harder than it should be and many rarely come to fruition for any employees. Oh, and the Chicago office has the world's worst coffee.

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    Advice to Management

    Spend more time in the trenches to get a better understanding of where your business actually is and how your employees and clients actually feel. Stop casting such a wide net in terms of service offerings and grow the competencies the agency is known for. Improve partner agency relations. Invest in your good employees so that they don't keep leaving and cut the fat from the upper levels. Set agency-wide goals and... initiatives that are achievable and make a difference - not just lip service. (#reverseforkindless, lol) Keep fostering a culture of creativity and congeniality - but actually walk your talk. Improve the coffee.

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    Leo Burnett2017-02-06
  10. "Great Place"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 

    I worked at Leo Burnett

    Pros

    The culture, the people. The work life balance is not great but it is what you make of it.

    Cons

    Big agency, less chance of going up. You really have to wait for a position to open up to get promoted

    Leo Burnett2017-02-02
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