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Brunswick Group Reviews

Updated Dec 12, 2019

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3.4
59%
Recommend to a Friend
99%
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Brunswick Group Chairman Alan Parker (no image)
Alan Parker
45 Ratings
Pros
  • "From the onset, you will work on some of the most high-profile matters in the business world(in 12 reviews)

  • "Talented people from a diverse background; Some interesting projects, but not all; generally well paid compared with the industry average(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/life balance can be tough sometimes during the busy period(in 21 reviews)

  • "Long hours, lack of accountability of senior employers(in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Good people, terrible management"

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    Former Employee - Receptionist 

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Family oriented, open minded, smart people. Fast paced, never a boring day.

    Cons

    All of management doesn’t know what they’re doing or how to manage a team.

    Brunswick Group2019-12-03
  2. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Account Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great team working culture Lots of interesting work and variety Top clients and companies Inspiring leadership

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be tough sometimes during the busy period

    Brunswick Group2019-11-11
  3. "Great exposure to clients, toxic work culture"

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    Former Employee - Executive in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good exposure to clients

    Cons

    - Pay does not match the demand from juniors - Toxic laddish culture with poor behaviour and bullying from senior management - HR known for using employee's struggles and illnesses against them - High levels of nepotism, hence why there is low levels of ethnic diversity - Casual racism - regular occurrence for white staff to mix ethnic staff's names - Poor retention of ethnic diverse staff - Bullying... culture and intimidation is used if junior members don't want to do client work that goes against their morals - If you don't fit in culturally, you tend to be given poor work and left behind

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    Advice to Management

    Address the poor toxic culture from partners and directors. Tackle casual racism from staff and poor reputation

    Brunswick Group2019-12-13
  4. "Great opportunities, devastating work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Executive/AD in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brunswick Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Many genuinely interesting projects. Workload means you’re upskilled very quickly. You get to work with some really intelligent, skilled people - some partners and directors are the crème de la crème of politics, law and other areas.

    Cons

    It feels like a firm from the 1990s. Workload can at times feel impossible, you’re expected to cancel plans on evenings and weekends (I have also been asked to cancel holiday and pressured to work when ill) at very short notice. This also means that the pay is often very low for the hours you end up doing. Management will say you can manage your workload and choose to work in areas that interest you, but the truth... is that execs and ADs have very little control over what they do. There’s no awareness or consideration of mental health at work, especially at partner and director level, despite some effort from HR. There are also absolutely no checks and balances when it comes to the behaviour of senior staff, some of whom can act pretty inappropriately towards juniors and especially support staff. HR’s hands seem to be bound on a lot of welfare points.

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    Advice to Management

    Take mental health seriously and address the cause rather than the symptoms, stop doing tokenistic stuff like awareness week activities.

    Brunswick Group2019-11-17
  5. "Admin managment is a joke"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The overall admin team has the potential to be great.

    Cons

    Those put in place as "management" for the admins are lazy, untrustworthy and at times incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Do an evaluation of who you have promoted, listen to those who work under them who can give an honest review... not those who are enamoured with management.

    Brunswick Group2019-11-12
  6. "Over worked, under paid....."

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lovely team members 25 Vacation days Collegiate atmosphere Interesting projects

    Cons

    Work/life balance is impossible - you are expected to be available 24/7. Expect to work many late nights and weekends Work loads are very heavy and admin management expects you to take on extra projects for the office, which distracts from your day to day responsibilities Lots of talk of "restructuring," and things getting better with no action being taken Salaries are very low for the amount of hours you... work

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    Advice to Management

    Treat admins as if they are not a dime a dozen Have legit plans to make working conditions better Hire replacements for leavers instead of making the existing team absorb the work

    Brunswick Group2019-11-12
  7. "High-profile work, great benefits, unpredictable hours"

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    Former Employee - Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Brunswick works on some of the most high-profile crises and with some of the most well-known businesses in the world. The exposure to executives and issues that make news headlines each day was not something that I ever expected, but has served me very well since moving on to other agencies after Brunswick. There were many instances where my friends outside of work would be chatting about something they read in the... front page of the WSJ and it would be about a client issue that I was working on directly. There is very little strict management or hierarchy at Brunswick, allowing you to work many promotion levels above your rank. Even at the lowest promotion level, if a Partner trusts your work, he/she will bring you into pitches, let you deliver presentations in front of clients, bring you to networking events, draft any type of doc, etc. The benefits are amazing. -25-30 vacation days each year which don't have to be accrued. Unlike other firms with unlimited vacation days, there is a prevailing norm where everyone actually takes all of their vacation. -unlimited snacks, food, alc, coffee in the office that is better than any selection I've heard of -free trips to London all expenses paid for

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    Cons

    In my opinion, Brunswick has an identity crisis: is it a PR shop or consulting firm? The work Brunswick takes on is closer to PR, it expects its employees to work as many hours as a Big Four consulting firm, but pays its employees like a boutique PR firm. At the lowest levels, the pay is definitely not commensurate with the amount of work, which is also extremely unpredictable -- fluctuating from 40-70 hours per... week. The pay can almost be laughable at times when working long hours on a crisis, or thinking about the major responsibilities a junior staffer can be given. You never feel like you're offline at Brunswick. Everyone is given a work phone and is expected to have it with them and be responsive at all times outside of the office. The internal communications that come from the HR department and leadership are extremely vague, which doesn't interfere with client facing work, but can be very frustrating when trying to learn about why people left the firm, overall financial performance, employee rating systems, promotions, etc.

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    Advice to Management

    Figure out whether you're a PR firm or consulting firms and have all aspects of the business reflect this decision.

    Brunswick Group2019-10-14
  8. "Great culture"

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    Current Employee - Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brunswick Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Interesting work, great people, flexible culture

    Cons

    Long hours, lack of accountability of senior employers

    Brunswick Group2019-09-25
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good team but no work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Support Staff in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic team to work with and great support team.

    Cons

    There isn’t any work life balance and the support staff are spoken down to. A lot of the senior people are rude.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of all of the employees.

    Brunswick Group2019-07-31
  10. "Great Place to Start A Career"

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    Current Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brunswick Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Exposure to high profile clients and projects Opportunity to build a breadth of experience across sectors Collaborative work environment with smart, accomplished colleagues

    Cons

    Hard to build an expertise Comp is low considering long hours at times

    Brunswick Group2019-07-17
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