Burson-Marsteller Reviews

Updated Feb 8, 2021

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3.2
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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
  • "Competitive environment and not much of a work/life balance(in 25 reviews)

  • "Sometimes long hours but learn a lot(in 22 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Associate

      Dec 14, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Well paid; Great clients; Good medical policy

      Cons

      Long working hours; Easy to get burnt out

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee

      A great PR agency

      Feb 1, 2021 - Manager in Manchester, England, England
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      Pros

      Very supportive environment and coworkers

      Cons

      Workload is quite high sometimes and stressful

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good

      Aug 24, 2020 - Sales Associate in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Work life is very good

      Cons

      Long hours Is very good

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Great place

      Feb 21, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

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

      Cons

      Long hours; Turnover; Limited salary growth

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great employer

      Aug 30, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

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

      Cons

      Consumer team never quite got off the ground

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      A sinking ship

      May 31, 2018 -  in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Some lovely intelligent colleagues

      Cons

      Absolutely zero leadership, guidance, direction or plan

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Associate

      Feb 5, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Big accounts, interesting work, fast-paced.

      Cons

      Difficult to get a foot-hold.

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Senior Associate

      Sep 19, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The people, as well as great working environment and clients

      Cons

      lack of personal development plans

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    10. 2.0
      Former Employee

      BM London

      Sep 4, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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      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

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    11. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Good, but not good enough

      Apr 12, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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      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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