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Edelman President and CEO Richard W. Edelman

Richard W. Edelman

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88% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Chicago, IL

    ProsYou learn something new every day from co-workers and supervisors.

    ConsAt times, the supervisors are doing a billion things that they can't really teach/train the people working under them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep motivating peers and increase training on digital.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Account Supervisor (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsI've enjoyed my time with Edelman and feel the work they're doing is good, albeit rather garden-variety. There are plenty of training opportunities and chances to break out of one's silo if one is so inclined.

    ConsLeaders don't buy what they sell. You'll never see anyone VP+ in a training session, which reflects badly to junior staff. The gap between the job management thinks they're doing and how the junior staff sees them doing is widening.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReturn to your roots and remember what made you good AAEs, AEs, and SAEs, taking opportunities and having the hunger for greater things. Stop feeling as though you've arrived and remember you're still in transit.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people and quite a learning experience.

    Account Executive (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsThe people are smart and strategic assets to the company who hold remarkable relationships with their clients. Just the same, clients treat Edelman like a strategic partner vs. just an agency, which is a testament to the work we can do.

    ConsI've seen several teams in the past few months lose team members who aren't being replaced, meaning across the board many have an even heavier workload. There are definitely employee gaps that need to be filled.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire employees where and when needed. On top of this, there needs to be improved compensation for top performers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and you are willing to work hard Edelman is the place to be.

    Finance Manager (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsRichard Edelman has a special gift for motivating his PR professionals to make Edelman the best PR company in the industry.

    ConsDespite thriving as communication business externally, internal communications need significant improvement

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork to improve communications with the back office team

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I would recommend working at Edelman to my friends.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsThe people, opportunity for work/life balance and opportunity to work on diverse projects

    ConsPoor behavior does not seem to be addressed properly. Heavy workloads often prevent being ablet to take advantage of work/life balance opportunities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees with behavior problems should be addressed in a more forceful way. If not, it tells the rest of the staff that poor behavior is tolerated and that should not be the case.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The brightest minds in strategic communications

    Account Supervisor (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsWorking alongside some of the smartest people in the business, working with top brands, global network, maintains family company feel

    ConsCan feel like a small fish in a big pond

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Love working with these talented people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsSatisfying work, great talent, excellent benefits, good collaboration across offices/departments

    ConsOut of date infrastructure, poor on-boarding program, proprietary software applications are not intuitive

    Advice to Senior ManagementI believe that there is excellent management (and vision) at the very top but local and department managers could use some management training or perhaps be screened better for management abilities before put in these positions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fast-paced, strategic thinking, smart people, room to grow

    Senior Account Supervisor (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsI'm fortunate to work with and learn from some of the smartest thinkers in PR. Edelman's size means the company can leverage resources from around the network, around the world. Leadership is constantly thinking of ways to innovate and adapt to a rapidly changing world, and invests in training for employees. Edelman allows employees to move to different groups and pursue client work that matches personal interests and expertise, and also allows employees to transition to new offices around the network, where possible. For most employees, there are plenty of opportunities for promotion and advancement. Dress code is casual. Company is upgrading technology so all employees will have modern laptops and choice of company-provided smartphones.

    ConsLike all PR agencies, work is often very fast-paced and employees must juggle multiple projects and client obligations which can be challenging. There is pressure to be "always connected" even on vacations or sick days although management is trying to change this attitude. For most, working remotely on a regular basis is not encouraged.

    Advice to Senior ManagementExplore the possibility of letting employees work from home/remotely on a limited basis. Encourage management to set positive examples of work/life balance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great place to learn big-agency PR by working with the best people and clients.

    Senior Vice President (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsWork with top client names like Pfizer, Microsoft, Starbucks. Collegial, very team-oriented environment with tons of smart, energetic people. Many teams have the budget and mandate to use high-dollar or edgy PR tactics. The company really does value its people and offers a wide array of fringe benefits, from free fruit and candy to casual dress and a fairly generous vacation policy.

    ConsHours can be long and unpredictable. Even if you've got the vacation time, it can be very hard to take it and sometimes work will find you no matter what. Many clients are demanding and some are not nice. Although Edelman tries to be entrepreneurial, there are plenty of people (and clients) who operate as cogs in the machine -- there's often an incentive to do things the way they've always be done. On big accounts, sometimes there are too many layers for junior staff to get much independence and responsibility.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe have got to find a better way to train our junior staff on taking initiative and pitching media. The big accounts teach a lot in terms of process and scale, but everyone AS and below needs the experience of being on a small account where they personally are accountable to the client and the media or online influencers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Edelman Digital is a great place to work with one MAJOR flaw.

    Creative Team (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat people, great place to work.

    ConsThey can't/don't pay anywhere near industry rates.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay the creatives.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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