Edelman Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Intern

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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

    growth potential, employees really want to engage you, responsibility given to interns

    Cons

    i have no cons of working here, this has been a great experience thus far.

  2. Great place to learn and begin a career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Edelman

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to learn
    Nice people, very welcoming and helpful
    Professional, but fun

    Cons

    Disparities between teams
    Some managers create too much stress
    Lots of grunt work
    Can't really get overtime hours

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging work-life balance

  3. Love the people I work with -- they're fun and creative.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to wear different hats and get exposed to a variety of industries and companies.

    Cons

    There's always a lot of work to do and often on tight deadlines in high-stress situations.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to focus more on less clients.

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  5. Digital Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

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

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience
    Good compensation
    Fair hours

    Cons

    Over-worked at times
    Competitive
    stressful at times

  6. Fast-paced environment with room for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX

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

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

    Pros

    A network full of incredibly smart and helpful people, career advancement opportunities, flexibility, collaborative environment with emphasis on creativity, internal training/face-time with higher level network leaders, volunteerism and global opportunities, great health insurance/benefits

    Cons

    Can be time-consuming (not just 9 to 5) and demanding, but leadership tries to offer incentives and resources to help balance out busy periods. Salary compensation continues to be below industry standard for junior staff, leaving junior staff to often feel undervalued.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries for junior staff and take the salary concerns seriously to dissuade turnover. Help balance employees workloads and don't stretch staff too thin. Continue to provide helpful incentives (like parking compensation) and continue to push for creativity in the workplace.

  7. Greed Governs All

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Very intelligent people, access to resources, strong client roster

    Cons

    Management is completely out of touch. There is an overt focus on revenue and profits, which governs all. Junior and mid-level staff are worked into the ground and upper management is under constant pressure to bring in new business. Teams are dangerously understaffed and not allowed to make hires unless the absurdly unrealistic expense(aka salary)-to-revenue ratio is maintained. Has become a miserable place to work. People are leaving in droves.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue. You're going to continue losing staff and clients. Your reputation is seriously at risk.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Admins are overworked and under appreciated because we are not "billable."

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

    I have been working at Edelman

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

    Pros

    Food cart on Tuesday & Thursday
    Thirsty Third Thursday's
    Free fruit & Starbucks coffee
    Casual dress code

    Cons

    Too many low, mid and high-level managers giving you work to do. It's rediculous.

    Because it's a pool-based system for VPs and above, they overwork employees and don't hire enough so they can pocket the remaining budget money at the end of each fiscal year.

    Ageism: they will not hire someone in their late 20s and 30s hoping to break into the industry in an entry level position (AAE) as they like to start them out of college.

    It's very tough to transfer to the account side when you've been hired as an admin.

    No career growth for admins. Period.

    They run the private company as if it publically owned as they are so focused on profit. Even at the expense of employees.

    Turnover rate is alarming.

    Long hours, especially near the end of the fiscal year.

    A few long-term male managers are very flirtatious which creates an uncomfortable work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Your reputation will continue to be reduced by both former and current employees, until you make changes to your management paradigm.

  9. Great Exposure, Comes With Great Stress

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    - Access to amazing opportunities, allowing you to work with established brands and organizations
    - Plethora of resources and areas of the company designed to help you build and shape a unique set of skills based on your personal passions

    Cons

    - Corporate processes can be very stifling (i.e. only able to be promoted once a year and a maximum number of people can be promoted. So promotions become more focused on Edelman protocol than individual's actual merit)

    - Work/life balance is poor. While company tries to encourage a life beyond Edelman, nuclear teams are very judgmental and dissuading about working an actual 9-5. 10 hour days are norm. Also, 'always on' is expected and high stress is pervasive in day-to-day office energy.

    Advice to Management

    - Promotions: Provide more frequent rounds of promotions (vs. once a year)
    - Work/Life Ratio: Set clearer expectations with clients so that your Edelman employees are not punished for investing in a personal, non-work life during non-work hours.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Edelman DC: Great place to work and grow

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Great team culture, variety of disciplines, great agency to learn and grow

    Cons

    Lack of office space for transitioning hires

  11. Entrepreneurial organization

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Edelman

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to chart your own career path, work with smart people, good company culture.

    Cons

    Disparities from team to team and office to office.

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