Brunswick Group Reviews

Updated 17 Sep 2020

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3.1
57%
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83%
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Brunswick Group Chairman Alan Parker (no image)
Alan Parker
49 Ratings
Pros
  • "Exposure to high profile clients and projects(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
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  1. "A place to learn"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growth and opportunity to work directly with amazing clients

    Cons

    It’s client service. You’re at the beck and call of the client.

  2. "Great Firm- People First"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The US team really cares about their people, world class and forward thinking HR team Fast-paced, dynamic environment Fantastic exposure to c-suite in some of the worlds best companies Fantastic people and strong culture

    Cons

    Long hours and weekends can easily lead to burn out

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  3. "Great agency"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time

    Pros

    high quality work, challenging, great colleagues

    Cons

    very few to report here

  4. "Overall good experience"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Director in Beijing, Beijing
    Recommends

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time

    Pros

    highly educated and intelligent co-workers

    Cons

    work life balance can be a challenge.

  5. "Great firm, but HR management needs work."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Brilliant people and great firm culture. Lots of opportunities for growth and to take on new responsibility.

    Cons

    The HR process was often reactive rather than proactive. Lean team staffing which always led to being overwhelmed with projects. Not too open to implementing more modern HR processes.

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  6. "No progression"

    1.0
    Current Employee - Administration 

    I have been working at Brunswick Group full-time

    Pros

    Pay Social People Location Holiday Xmas

    Cons

    Progression People Diversity Management Opportunities Old school

  7. "Loyal employer"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loyal to employees, flexible work, amazing vacation days, good healthcare, wonderful and smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Lot of work, little training structure, entry-level pay not great

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great clients but toxic work environment"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Director in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Opportunities to work with many interesting clients to resolve some of the biggest reputational issues / crises. - Very bright colleagues whom you can learn from.

    Cons

    - Abysmal remuneration even though the firm commands premium fees from its clients. You can expect yearly increments to be less than the inflation rate. Less than 1% increase per year is not uncommon among my colleagues. - No work-life balance. You are expected to always be present and online even when you are on holiday. But the worst part is a cruel lack of appreciation and empathy from directors and partners towards more junior staff. Erratic working hours could partly be due to the nature of this industry, but this does not in any way excuse the management's cavalier attitude towards the junior's contributions. - Culture of perception and ingratiation which gives rise to a lot of politics and gossip. Directors and partners frequently take credit for team work, and people who shout the loudest are given more recognition even though their work is most often subpar. - Hubris and self-importance is rampant among directors and partners, especially if they are British expats living in developing parts of the world. Casual racism is the norm in this arrogant, white-dominant fraternity they call a firm. - Good leaders within the firms are in short supply. While directors and partners can manage projects, most of them do not understand what true leadership entails. HR and the mentor-mentee system are a joke. There is no such thing as direct and honest feedback from the management to employees. Most likely, directors and partners will criticize you behind your backs when they are out drinking with each other. Nobody really cares about your personal or professional development. - No respect for clients and sometimes, shockingly little integrity in the work delivered. I have heard partners resorting to name-calling clients multiple times right after client calls or meetings. The firm's SOP at director and partner level is: over-promise, under-deliver and then try to bluff your way through the results.

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  9. "Happily Disfunctional Family"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Brunswick Group full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work. Fun people. International culture. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of structure creates confusion and politics. Like most companies, run for the benefit of those in charge, to the detriment of lower-level staff. Tough place for those who don’t fit in to somewhat “bro-y” culture.

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  10. "Great place to work, lots of opportunites"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Director 

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

    Pros

    Room to create your own career path Complexity of work Senior support

    Cons

    Lack of team structure Mentor / line structure

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