Burson-Marsteller Associate Reviews

Updated 24 Aug 2020

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3.2
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Burson-Marsteller President & CEO Donald A. Baer
Donald A. Baer
11 Ratings
  1. "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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  2. "Need to want to work a lot"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    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


  3. "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

  4. "A great school to learn, but salaries not competitive in Public Affairs"

    4.0
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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

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  5. "Associate"

    5.0
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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.

  6. "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

  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Brand name clients, but antiquated reputation"

    4.0
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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.

    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.

  9. "Account Executive"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Digital Associate Executive 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Major global clients, good environment, possibility to grow

    Cons

    Don't pay extra hours, sometimes a professional is too busy with more clients than should have in order to maintain the area with good rentability

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

    4.0
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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

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