Burson-Marsteller Reviews

Updated 8 Feb 2021

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3.2
52%
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Burson-Marsteller President & CEO Donald A. Baer
Donald A. Baer
120 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people, office culture, interesting work, exciting environment(in 18 reviews)

  • "Really like the smart people and great working location(in 16 reviews)

Cons
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller full-time

    Pros

    Well paid; Great clients; Good medical policy

    Cons

    Long working hours; Easy to get burnt out

  2. "A great PR agency"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Manager in Manchester, England

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time

    Pros

    Very supportive environment and coworkers

    Cons

    Workload is quite high sometimes and stressful


  3. "Good"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in London, England

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work life is very good

    Cons

    Long hours Is very good

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  4. "Great place"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Collegial yet driven; set the standard for the industry in key areas

    Cons

    Long hours; Turnover; Limited salary growth

  5. "Great employer"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time

    Pros

    Great being part of a global PR firm with blue-chip clients

    Cons

    Consumer team never quite got off the ground

  6. Helpful (1)

    "A sinking ship"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some lovely intelligent colleagues

    Cons

    Absolutely zero leadership, guidance, direction or plan

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  7. "Associate"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time

    Pros

    Big accounts, interesting work, fast-paced.

    Cons

    Difficult to get a foot-hold.

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  8. "Senior Associate"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller full-time

    Pros

    The people, as well as great working environment and clients

    Cons

    lack of personal development plans

  9. "BM London"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller full-time

    Pros

    Some good people, good office location, occasionally a good client too, good international network (if they were allowed to work with each other)

    Cons

    Global leadership, poor pay and promotions, WPP, poor industry reputation ensures the best clients go looking elsewhere

  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good, but not good enough"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The Burson brand retains some cachet and rightly so - there's a good deal of interesting and challenging client work, some real experts, and a decent bench of senior leaders. There is also a real spirit of collegiality and a sense of shared purpose (at least in some offices), and good opportunities to travel and work across the network. Generally, people are proud to work at Burson, and with some reason.

    Cons

    Reactive strategic vision, with second-rate implementation - recent 'Being More' re-positioning being a notable example. More or less non-existent, (or certainly highly inconsistent) corporate culture. Very US-centric, with global leadership almost never visiting local offices outside the US. Very high local/regional payments to B-M HQ, supposedly for thought leadership and other support, with very little to show for it. Relatively poor compensation for a major global agency. Too much basic, template-driven work for major global clients, provided at discount, resulting in bored and worse, fed-up staff, and local offices unable to make a decent margin. Inadequate and seemingly piecemeal approach to knowledge-sharing and professional development.

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