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Burson-Marsteller Associate Reviews

Updated Sep 10, 2019

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Burson-Marsteller CEO Donald A. Baer
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11 Ratings
  1. "Great Learning Opportunity"

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    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

    Burson-Marsteller2019-09-09
  2. "Need to want to work a lot"

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    Former Employee - Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    there is room for growth

    Cons

    the workload and hours can be a lot

    Burson-Marsteller2019-09-11
  3. "A great school to learn, but salaries not competitive in Public Affairs"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Paris
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent PR professionals and network from which you get to learn a lot Great team spirit and friendly atmosphere: it’s a pleasure to come to work

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive in Public Affairs when compared to Public Affairs specialized cabinet in Paris Heavy workload and inexistant work-life balance especially for client executive and associates Generally understaffed

    Advice to Management

    Would recommend hiring more CE and Associate

    Burson-Marsteller2018-08-19
  4. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Ciudad de México
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best global PR agency, you work for the most important companies.

    Cons

    It's hard to find one.

    Burson-Marsteller2018-05-13
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Entrepreneur Spirit"

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    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.

    Burson-Marsteller2017-04-21
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Brand name clients, but antiquated reputation"

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    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.

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    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.

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    Burson-Marsteller2017-02-01
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredibly smart and talented peers; great bosses and support system; opportunities to raise your hand and work on new projects; attempting to improve culture; work from home flexibility is amazing

    Cons

    Coin toss on if you're going to have a good manager and strong support system; promotion cycles are incredibly frustrating and political; senior leadership is a boys club; culture can be lacking

    Advice to Management

    Remind your staff that you value them and recognize that the lack of transparency around promotion cycles (including how people are chosen for promotions) make even the most loyal "Burson Persons" feel jaded

    Burson-Marsteller2016-12-22
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great chicago office; disappointing review process"

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    Current Employee - Public Relations Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues with great, creative minds; top of their field Chicago culture is fun, collaborative and supportive Fun, interesting clients Work from home flexibility Investment in training and development

    Cons

    Lack of communication from leadership Vague review and promotion process Burnout and work/life balance unless you make it a priority

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more on the company's vision and what employees need to do to earn promotions/raises

    Burson-Marsteller2016-10-07
  9. Helpful (5)

    "Not for long term employment"

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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.

    Advice to Management

    A little loyalty to dedicated employees would be a great start. Less spending for first class travel for executives could help the terrible salaries of the worker bees.

    Burson-Marsteller2016-06-26
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    -lots of young employees, although primarily based in NY and DC

    Cons

    -low compensation -lack of respect for your time/personal life

    Burson-Marsteller2016-05-18
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