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Updated July 19, 2015
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Edelman President and CEO Richard W. Edelman
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Pros
  • Work life balance is good as well (in 65 reviews)

  • Many smart people to work with on a diverse portfolio of projects (in 62 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance can be difficult to achieve (in 137 reviews)

  • Long hours; org structure difficult to understand/navigate (in 94 reviews)

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  1. Senior Vice President

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Opportunities for growth -Incredible clients -Smart, hard working colleagues -Vision backed by CEO's investment and puts his money where his mouth is.

    Cons

    It's a demanding place to work and if you're not careful, your work/life balance will get away from you. Set parameters and stick by them. Everyone has families and this is a family firm...

    Advice to Management

    Increase junior salaries. Brutal to lose a great talent to another firm who is just a little bit higher in salary. Be willing to pay a bit more for someone you want.


  2. Edelman Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Great flexibility, fun environment, as many opportunities as you would like to pursue

    Cons

    Disagreement among senior leadership, lack of junior staff, lack of consistency, low pay


  3. Internship

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible Culture Real-world work Interns are valued as true team members True ability to grow

    Cons

    Long hours Low starting salary You must pay your dues, but that is expected in a large agency.

    Advice to Management

    I think that the HR department has room for improvement.


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  5. Sipping that Kool Aid

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Being private, the company can invest in staff, strategy and next-level work. It really shows when the company comes up with new, dynamic ideas.

    Cons

    Often times there is tunnel vision. Edelman NY has tripled in size in the past 5 years, and they don't often look at themselves from the outside in. If they did, they'd see that the company is so much bigger than it used to be and its hard to be accountable to individuals. They lost some of their "entrepreneurial spirit"

    Advice to Management

    Don't let the company's size make you lose sight of what makes the business run. The people.


  6. Good Learning Experience

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    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY

    I have been working at Edelman

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, passionate, hardworking people Reputable name in PR/marketing

    Cons

    Still rooted in old-school PR where account teams lead

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring surprising people and also go after ad agencies. It's time to stop staying in our lanes if we really want to stand out.


  7. Assistant Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Hands down some of the best clients in the industry - so you'll get an advantage of building out your resume. People are willing to share advice and sit down with you, if you ask for it.

    Cons

    Salary much below the market. You have to manage your career from the very first day you become full-time, otherwise you will be left behind and looked over for promotions - which acts as a nod for you to seek employment elsewhere. Highly political, more career management than work. It gets exhausting quickly.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of turnover on both a junior and a senior level should speak volumes about the direction of the company. Look deep and hard into what is happening in the internal culture and where Edelman wants to position itself. Pay junior staffers more if you want to retain talent...but then again, it's another great indication of how fast people are leaving.


  8. Edelman - Great Culture and Opportunities for Growth

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    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

    I have been working at Edelman

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and culture and the chance to work with some of the smartest people in the industry.

    Cons

    Disadvantage for junior-employees when it comes to salary.


  9. Unappreciated for work

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Edelman

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities on big name clients; if you push yourself, you'll learn a lot. Some opportunities to travel depending on the account. Great resume builder.

    Cons

    Your account sets your experience and work/life balance. I was unlucky that I ended up on a big name account that was very demanding. This translated to very high levels of work and being extremely underpaid for what I was doing. Managers expected perfection and touted a work/life balance, yet chastised you if you tried to have one. It was extremely negative and the tone was set by the VPs on the account. VPs expected junior staff to do all major work and run on full cylinders all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to be flexible and realize that people need to learn from their mistakes. Not every deadline should have to be rigid if it's internal. Compensate fairly and don't expect 100% perfection in order to be promoted.


  10. Senior Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Edelman (Less than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a good work life balance at Edelman. You really can carve out a career path for yourself depending on your interests.

    Cons

    Some times, I feel a bit underpaid compared to the work i could similarly be executing at a larger company (in-house).


  11. AS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, hardworking people who thrive under pressure and want to see their collies succeed

    Cons

    Achieving work/life balance can be tricky and requires individuals to manage their time to make sure they don't get overloaded

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that your middle management feels equipped to succeed -- whether that is in terms of salary, benefits, talent development and resource support



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