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Burson-Marsteller Senior Associate Reviews

Updated 9 Sep 2019

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3.5
58%
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67%
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Burson-Marsteller President & CEO Donald A. Baer
Donald A. Baer
5 Ratings
  1. "Great Learning Opportunity"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Senior Associate 

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

    Pros

    Very interesting work, excellent work experience on diverse set of projects - issues, corporate affairs, etc.

    Cons

    review cycles are rare and pay is low

  2. "Associate"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Madrid
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well-known portfolio of corporate clients

    Cons

    Fictional career plan and ineffective Board of Directors

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Entrepreneur Spirit"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    B-M employs some of the most creative individuals and learning from them and with them is truly amazing. The teams are well organized, driven and goal-oriented. There's always support and work to go around. Never a dull moment.

    Cons

    Growth within the company is contingent on meeting numbers. Promotions and salary increases are based on merit, but come based on cycles and often those cycles are pushed back based on corporate revenue goals.

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Brand name clients, but antiquated reputation"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to work on big brand names, especially ones that are engaging in activities outside of "traditional PR", is great for the resume. You also get a really good feel for the challenges that these types of blue-chip companies face on a day-to-day basis. There is a strong entrepreneurial nature to working at Burson. If there is a project that you really want to work on or believe that you have an idea that will help generate new business or revenue, you are encouraged to pursue that idea. Individuals who are self-sufficient and independent will thrive in this environment. If you're in corporate or public affairs, Burson is still the agency you want to call first. It understands these spaces better than anyone else out there.

    Cons

    Burson's reputation as a leader in corporate and PA acts as a double-edged sword though. It makes it more difficult for the agency to engage in projects that involve up and coming brands and startups. When pitching new business, that reputation is hard to shake in the room. The other side of that is that realistically Burson really is still behind when it comes to the changing PR landscape. PR is drastically changing and Burson has not done a good job keeping up with the trends. There were definite strides in the last few years I was there, but there is a lot of work still to be done. Finally, there are a lot of potential senior-level leaders out there who are not old and white. I suggest Burson looks at them.

  5. Helpful (5)

    "Not for long term employment"

    3.0
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    Senior Associate in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller

    Pros

    Some amazing people to work with if you are fortunate enough to work on the more global accounts. Interesting clients and accounts to work on.

    Cons

    Low salary. No loyalty to staff. One lost account and they will terminate more people than necessary. New account comes in and they end up hiring the same amount of people that they let go. This all within two weeks time. Poor business model. Terrible for moral.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented People To Work With

    Cons

    Lacks Technology Knowledge Get Some more people in Technology

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Miami, FL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Exposure to global brands and clients, established and recognized global company, opportunity for growth, learning bootcamp.

    Cons

    Low salary, promotion structure and slow and complex. Employees are not always rewarded as they should be.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Small agency feel within WPP Family"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Feels like a family, the client work is amazing, and I'm always challenged to bring better ideas, solutions, and strategies to the table. Being challenged to learn every day while also having strong oversight to balance work and life is just one of many great things about being a Burson person.

    Cons

    Well, I haven't found any yet!

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  9. Helpful (3)

    "Storied company, it is what you make of it."

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on big-name clients, work with a storied company, if you play your cards right you can work on everything from small orgs and agencies to large national and international crisis situations. Culture predominately lies within your immediate team - if your immediate team rocks, you'll have a great experience. If you work hard to impress senior management, then you'll be provided unique opportunities.

    Cons

    Raises and bonus are almost non-existent and have to be fought for. Corporate culture can be stodgy and rude; many senior execs don't give the time of day to engage in kindness. If you don't play your cards right, you can also be overlooked and have a miserable experience. Almost no personal development or training.

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  10. "Very professional with great career prospects"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management are excellent and pro-active in furthering your career.

    Cons

    Pay is middle of the road, and limited benefits.

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