Edelman Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
875 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 51 reviews)

  • Many smart people to work with on a diverse portfolio of projects (in 52 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely high work pressure means that work life balance is adversely impacted (in 110 reviews)

  • Long hours; org structure difficult to understand/navigate (in 90 reviews)

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  1.  

    I love my job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Global network, open communication and great culture

    Cons

    limited salary, poor internal communication

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to learn but little work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive

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

    Pros

    If you are proactive and make yourself visible there are great learning opportunities, it is like a practical college education, you learn by doing and could have the chance to do some very interesting work. Great international network and lots of available resources. Opportunities to work abroad exist.

    Cons

    Work hours are long and no overtime pay, you have to give blood sweat and tears before you start getting payed at an acceptable level and if you are unlucky with management you will be stuck in the same position/salary for ages. Creativity isn't as celebrated as they claim it should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency and inclusion is how your team will feel it's worth the late hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Company of my College Dreams

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Edelman as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    All throughout college, I dreamed of working for Edelman. Now that I do, I really enjoy it. It's a great environment with plenty of work to go around. There's so many benefits to working here, and I'm very happy with where I'm currently at.

    Cons

    The challenges lie in the agency lifestyle, as opposed to in-house. That is, however, expected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning opportunities, fast-paced environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Edelman full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Incredibly smart and capable people, very innovative culture

    Cons

    Too much upper management, confusing structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    streamline structure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Churn and burn.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at Edelman full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Big name brings in clients or at least short list for clients. Perks

    Cons

    Company size has hurt structure. Teams compete with each other, they do not work together well. Company can always bring in new business which leads to less than total effort to serve existing clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would take a consulting firm to fix.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Richard Edelman taking his eye off the firm too much lately!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, entrepreneurial spirit, great clients.

    Cons

    New US leadership does not seem interested in rewarding hard work and loyalty; they are young and appear to want older talent to leave the organization. It's clear based on recent changes they have made. Richard Edelman is ruining the rich culture the firm once had by allowing rogue leaders to run things in the wrong direction. The organization - in US region -- is not what is used to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Richard Edelman: look at the damage new leaders are doing - from global COO to US CEO and COO. They are not helping the very rich culture you and your family built. Many employees are looking to leave the firm because of the way those leaders are treating employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Interesting

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

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

    Pros

    Edelman has outstanding "soft" benefits; coffee, lattes, fresh fruit, snacks, etc. The PTO policy is also very generous. Great loop location.

    Cons

    Back office positions are somewhat isolated from the rest of the firm. There doesn't seem to be a genuine effort to correct that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People matter. Treat them well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Edelman Digital Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital Intern  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Digital Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Edelman as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    During the ten weeks I spent at Edelman NY as a digital intern I learned what it was like to be a part of big agency life. From the beginning, it was clear that every full-time employ on the digital floor was extremely supportive of the internship program. My manager and the members on my teams were open to questions, willing to share valuable lessons from their own experiences within the agency, and most importantly they were all trusting enough in my abilities to give me real responsibilities. During my time as an intern at Edelman Digital I was made to feel like a true member of all of my teams.

    Cons

    The program was extremely well run. If you are willing to work hard, ask questions, and take risks by putting yourself out there, an internship and Edelman Digital will be an invaluable experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stepping stone to greater opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trainee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Trainee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Edelman as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    As an intern, I worked with many different clients. The staff is creative with many diverse backgrounds. There are many great employee benefits, including mixers, happy hours, snacks around the office, and career training. There are a variety of opportunities to apply different skill sets here, so there is always new and interesting work to be done. Excellent experience in traditional and social media communications.

    Cons

    The job is quite demanding and does not lend itself to a great work-life balance. Many folks burn out quickly. Also, the pay initially does not meet the expectations of the job. Lower-level employees must dig their heels in for several years before salary begins to match the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue investing in your hires and do not burn them out!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    7 years and counting...

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor

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

    Pros

    Mobility across offices, job functions and clients; global network; brilliant people

    Cons

    Work-life balance can get a bit out of whack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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