Edelman Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
967 Reviews
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Edelman President and CEO Richard W. Edelman
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Pros
  • Lots of resources available to employees and good work-life balance culture (in 64 reviews)

  • Many smart people to work with on a diverse portfolio of projects (in 61 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely high work pressure means that work life balance is adversely impacted (in 135 reviews)

  • Junior staff are expected to work long hours, with minimal financial compensation (in 95 reviews)

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  1.  

    Incredible talent, crushing hours

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best talent and the best clients. Opportunity to learn a lot of facets and best practices of the PR business. Excellent perks and benefits.

    Cons

    Hours can be long and unpredictable. Switch groups, accounts, etc. or risk being pigeonholed. The transition from traditional PR to what Richard Edelman calls "communication marketing" is uncertain and frustrating at times, though I think that's unavoidable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers need to try new things too, but sometimes it feels like we're too expensive to be allowed to take risks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  2.  

    <3 Edelman

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leadership, growth opportunities, value, all great.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is what you'd expect working at the world's largest PR agency - if you do your research you'll know this coming in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    What an amazing place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people, the global network, the firm's reputation, the benefits...the list goes on. As a junior employee, there is a lot of opportunity for growth and you have the chance to experience many different things and move up the ladder quickly.

    Cons

    You will work a lot, no doubt about that. Salary is a little low but the pros definitely outweigh the cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A breath of fresh air. I'm beyond happy being here.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Copywriter in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Copywriter in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Incredibly inclusive culture. People are fun and social and welcoming. I feel respected, encouraged, and supported in my role here. I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of this team. Edelman is doing some groundbreaking things--no longer just in the PR world, they are a social agency doing advertising and interdisciplinary marketing for huge brands. I'm honored to be a part of it.

    Cons

    I honestly don't have much to complain about. We work in a very competitive industry, so there are (of course) late nights and difficult client demands, but that's just par for the course. Everyone brings their A game and hustles to make a contribution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company, dynamic, creative and talented co-workers, terrific clients, fabulous opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Edelman has a well-deserved stellar reputation in the PR industry. The client list is stellar, your co-workers are all rock-stars, the atmosphere is nurturing and they respect your work-life balance.

    Cons

    While the salary is good and bonuses during my tenure have been great, I don't like the fact that annual raises are tiny- under 3% I believe. I don't know if that would change during a year when bonuses might be limited, but think an excellent performance should merit a more substantial annual raise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Home sweet home

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazingly creative people making tremendous impact for clients; fantastic culture

    Cons

    Compensation, last minute deliverables for clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Large Firm with Start-Up Vibe

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leadership in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Leadership in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Solid leadership with the open playground to invent and re-invent new ways to build great programs for clients.

    Cons

    Agency life can be demanding of time outside of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep allowing folks to take risks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - EAA in New York, NY
    Current Employee - EAA in New York, NY

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I enjoy working at Edelman. I'm learning something new every day and work with people who are highly creative in their craft. The company is gaining more and more clients and has just entered a joint partnership within the entertainment industry. Totally psyched!

    Cons

    Worklife balance should be more steady, and ACROSS THE BOARD, not just for a select few. Support staff should not feel hesitant about asking to work from home on a Friday if the EA who sits 3 rows behind her does it all the time. How is that fair and balanced? And how is the morale of the EA who can't?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We ALL deserve a worklife balance - it shouldn't matter what department you're in. Kids - or no kids! Stop the favoritism when it comes to worklife balance!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A firm of professionals dedicated to providing smart, creative and strategic counsel and who love the work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    The people are smart, creative and strategic -- they enjoy the work and are committed to delivering great counsel. It's a supportive collegial work environment. There is definitely a sense of shared mission and everyone is ready to pitch in to help deliver impressive work. It's a supportive culture and a fun office with a real sense of community. Leadership is committed to social purpose.

    Cons

    No meaningful cons -- it's a terrific place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing career opportunities if you go grab them

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Edelman truly does have some of the best in the business working here and the bench is very deep. The opportunities to learn from experts are vast, whether you want to know about financial communications, paid media, digital, celebrity sponsorships you name it, there is someone here that can teach you (and your clients) about it. If you put yourself out there and actively try to make connections within the agency, especially with senior leadership, you will be rewarded with strong experiences, promotions and direct feedback and mentorship in whatever direction interests you.

    Cons

    It is fairly easy to fall into mediocrity and be lost in this big agency. If you're keeping clients happy, especially a larger client, then you're often just let be to do your thing. Many managers won't push people if they're doing a good job at their baseline tasks. In order to really grow and experience the best parts of Edelman you have to be proactive and go and grab something above and beyond your current remit, otherwise it's too easy to be lost in this large company. An entrepreneurial, go getter spirit is very rewarded at Edelman, everything else is kind of ignored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management has a strong vision for the company, but it's not always communicated all the way down how we can have an impact. Tell even AAEs how they can get involved in making a new business goal a reality, make the tasks specific and the barrier low to getting people involved in the 'above and beyond' and you'll likely find a lot more superstars popping up. I think we loose quality talent that could be "superstar" but they are perhaps quiet and aren't clamoring for opportunities, so we never get a chance to see them shine. The squeaky wheels, who may not be the most talented, generally get the opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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