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Burson-Marsteller Senior Director Reviews

Updated 1 Jul 2017

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2.2
27%
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6%
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Burson-Marsteller President & CEO Donald A. Baer
Donald A. Baer
3 Ratings
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Helpful (6)

    "Agency in trouble..."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Park Ridge, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong leadership in some offices Some very talented younger employees Decent mix of clients

    Cons

    100 percent focused on billability and nothing else Myopic in focus with junior people learning only one area of practice People are just numbers, changes by top leadership are only based on profits

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    Burson-Marsteller2016-06-08
  4. "Great People, poor leadership"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Burson-Marsteller full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Great people and talent.

    Cons

    About being billable and winning new business only.

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    Burson-Marsteller2014-08-29
  5. "Difficult when starting out, but there is support to help you succeed."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burson-Marsteller full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very smart and capable people, flexible hours and locations, variety of work.

    Cons

    Hours can be long, almost no training or professional development, junior staff turns over often

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    Burson-Marsteller2013-11-21

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