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Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
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Pros
  • Lots of resources available to employees and good work-life balance culture (in 65 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Extremely high work pressure means that work life balance is adversely impacted (in 137 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Well-Oiled Machine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    - Processes are seamless and quick
    - Employees are smart and everyone has their own set of expertise

    Cons

    Overtime is discouraged to a point, even when there is an overflow of work.

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

    Smart people in a very big company

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

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

    Pros

    co-workers are smart, fun and clever. lots of resources globally and abroad. large network allows for great insights across practices, traditional and digital PR as well as marketing

    Cons

    sometimes easy to get lost in the shuffle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Edelman - great client service, good career opportunities but heavy workloads and focus on profits

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

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Edelman has good opportunities for growth if you are aggressive and push hard for advancement. It has a wide network of offices and specialty practices and managers are usually open to transfer requests. Company encourages professional growth and education. Employees are smart, dedicated, and hard working - everyone brings something unique to the table at Edelman and clients are served very well.

    Cons

    Work is demanding, the hours are long and salaries are low compared to industry standards. Focus is on increasing profits. Easy to get lost in the company if you don't make the effort to network and stand out, there are plenty of others that can take your place. Company touts work/life balance but workloads and local managers don't support that. Day-to-day contact with local executives/GMs is very limited and they are not in touch with what's happening in local offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Local executive management should provide more oversight to local senior management, encourage work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Did a great job branding itself

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AAE in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - AAE in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Great client roster. Lots of booze. Nice benefits. Smart, fun people.

    Cons

    Will only promote you during two periods a year. If you're hired the DAY before this period, you missed the boat and they won't consider you until you've reached a full "term" and the time limit. Extremely draconian in promotions. Salaries are below local averages. If you say you ARE the best, you should pay like the best. Bonuses and promotions not given after management promises them to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your promises. Change promotion timelines to be more merit based. Stop playing favorites among employees. Don't make direct reports feel bad for taking sick days. Fairly extend telecommute options to everyone who is salaried.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Administrative Assistant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Benefits, and that's all really

    Cons

    No room for personal and professional growth, admins are not considered promotable, very little training, time-off is frowned upon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best experience I've ever had working for an agency!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Working here is great because managers really make you feel appreciated. "Thank you" and "Great Job" is expressed often and the sense of teamwork is always present. Managers help you plan your goals and (even better) help you achieve those goals by putting you on the right clients and getting you the experience you need to grow. There are tons of learning opportunities within Edelman including trainings, workshops and seminars. People who work here are really some of the smartest people I've ever met and they are very invested in pulling you up with them. This is an ethical company that I can really say I am proud to be a part of. They treat their employees with respect and are always looking out for employee's best interest.

    Cons

    The only con I have with working here is I had to make a lateral move to get my foot in the door and I really think they should pay their entry level staff a little bit more. But I see myself growing here and hope that promotions will make up for the entry level salary I am currently receiving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your AEs and AAEs more money. It will make them stay much longer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    overall good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    lots of intelligent people
    nice office location & building
    great benefits (health, vision, etc.)
    good amount of holidays/PTO offered
    room for growth and flexibility to transition internally to other offices/depts

    Cons

    poor work/life balance - you need to be able to put your foot down with colleagues and management and ask for time off, flexibility to work from home, etc.
    open office environment - everyone sits in a cubicle right on top of each other
    high turnover - lots of restructuring - constant change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take the time to pat your employees on the back some more. let them know they are valued and are an important part of the team especially during times of restructuring.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Tough, Burnout Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Big name accounts
    Fast-paced nature
    Tons of responsibility (though little incentive)

    Cons

    Bad senior management who is only held accountable on P&L performance - not quality of management or performance of current accounts
    Absolutely no type of formal staffing model
    Work is never evenly distributed
    No work/life balance
    Negative reputation among clients as "salesy"
    Low pay, little incentive for long hours employees put in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at real consulting or law firms and tweak your business model. Also consider holding your senior management accountable for the way they manage their teams. The "high turnover" rate is perhaps what hurts our reputation most, yet nothing is done to improve management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    "Home of the most creative minds in the PR Industry"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Internally, Edelman provides all the necessary resources for successful client-facing results.

    Cons

    Senior management can lack with open communication between interns and position opportunities.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people, and an all around positive work environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The people! The work/life balance is phenomenal, everyone is very considerate of people's personal lives, and want to be flexible to accommodate having a life outside of work. I genuinely feel appreciated in my role, and feel like my hard work is rewarded.

    Cons

    After coming from another agency, I can honestly say the grass is greener on the other side. I don't have anything bad to say about working at Edelman.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the training coming, everyone is eager to learn!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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