Burson-Marsteller Director Reviews

Updated 30 Oct 2018

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Burson-Marsteller President & CEO Donald A. Baer
Donald A. Baer
22 Ratings
  1. "clients great"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good clients, challenging assignments and good people to work with. Buzz of working in respected London agency with reputation for dealing with complex comms problems.

    Cons

    Quite bureaucratic culture. Junior staff get good opportunity but are not rewarded well. needs to be more innovative and entrepreneurial. Compensation not clearly linked to performance.

    Burson-Marsteller2014-07-22
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Make this your last option"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    office space/ Everyone is leaving or left

    Cons

    Low Pay No Diversity Lacks Leadership Over Worked/ Under Paid

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    Burson-Marsteller2018-10-30
  3. "A company adrift and not adapted to the changing face of PR"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A few smart, seasoned people left.

    Cons

    Company adrift with poor quality execs who don't know how to reinvent the business.

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    Burson-Marsteller2018-09-01
  4. "Director"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Career opportunities and flexible schedule, works well for parents and students.

    Cons

    Compensation, work/life balance, culture. Outsourcing and Shared Services creates more headaches than it fixes.

    Burson-Marsteller2017-07-17
  5. Helpful (2)

    "So Much Potential"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Solid reputation in for a specific kind of business (PA/Crisis). A household name for crisis communications and public affairs, which opens doors and conversations that other agencies don't have.

    Cons

    Leadership at the highest level lacks the willingness to be collaborative with those in positions to change the organization. They over-scrutinize anything that doesn't fit a traditional PR mindset. They claim to understand how to navigate the changes in the industry to remain relevant but lack the willingness to make the right changes. Instead, they continue to reward and stack the ranks and thinking with like-minded people who don't have the experience or creativity to make the real change that Burson requires to keep up with its peers. For every one step forward, they find a way to take three steps back with every reorg. Diversify your leadership. Consider flipping the script by not hiring any more traditional suits.

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    Burson-Marsteller2017-07-15
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, impressive clients, lots of charitable opportunities, fast paced

    Cons

    The technology is pretty bad. Burson obviously outsources their technology which is frustrating.

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    Burson-Marsteller2017-05-29
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible place to work"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    By comparison to other companies, the "pros" are non-existent!

    Cons

    Poor: - leadership - opportunities for growth - office space - culture - technology - benefits - training

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    Burson-Marsteller2017-07-01
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Lacks leadership"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Strong professionals, broad range of clients

    Cons

    Lacks visionary leadership at the top, high turnover, can't keep senior women, not investing in talent or innovation

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    Burson-Marsteller2017-05-01
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller

    Pros

    Smart and talented people Interesting clients

    Cons

    Demanding work environment Promotion and raise process is not very transparent and happens infrequently

    Burson-Marsteller2016-06-28
  10. Helpful (5)

    "Professional rocket booster"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Complicated, high-profile clients with diverse business challenges, high standards for work quality, high pressure to perform combine to transform willing raw talent into sharp, world-class PR operatives with highly-sought-after skills and experience and extensive professional relationships. Unless you have dreams of becoming Olivia Pope, Burson-Marsteller may not be your dream job -- but the experience you will build working there for a couple years will help you land it.

    Cons

    Complicated office politics; the business of the business is too far behind the scenes; the best efforts of upper management to make positive changes seem often stymied by micro-management by layers of holding company minders; because promotions and raises depend on overall performance, those who work super-hard to bring in revenue do not see rewards themselves if their colleagues aren't similarly motivated, and it's easy for frustrated stars to find opportunities elsewhere.

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    Burson-Marsteller2016-06-11
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