Edelman Reviews

Updated March 12, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Vice President

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman

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

    Pros

    Very smart people and very forward-thinking.

    Cons

    VERY POLITICAL. VERY COMPETITIVE, NOT COLLABORATIVE.

    Advice to Management

    Don't always take the side of managers just because they have high titles because some of them are abusive.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Very depressing place

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

    I worked 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

    Many smart people work there and they produce some good work. They can attract good people, as well, at least until they find another place to go.

    Cons

    Many people there think they know it all already -- and yet, PR is all about trying new things. Upper management plays a lot of favorites...It's not really a welcoming place if you're not part of the club. In fact, there are a lot of mean, miserable people. And that's taking the high road.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so short-sighted and hire based on talent and work ethic...Not based on whether people look like they would fit with the rest of the group. Or live together in Highland Park. Birds of a feather flock together here, like I've never seen anywhere else. It's also very gossipy.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Meat grinder. If you can handle the pace and expectations this place is for you.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Washington, DC

    I worked at Edelman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Breakfast provided. Diverse portfolio of clients. Great employees. They hire attractive women.

    Cons

    Unreasonable expectations. They will work you to the bone. Acquiring new business is a large portion of work and is tough. Senior management waits till the last minute.

    Advice to Management

    Have reasonable expectations for workload. Respect the employees work-life balance.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Not worth the stress

    • 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 a year)

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

    Pros

    - Because Edelman is so title driven, it's easy to climb the corporate ladder at a faster pace than other companies
    - Working from home isn't an issue

    Cons

    - NO work-life balance - consider 60-hour work weeks and all-nighters the norm. There is little respect for personal time, including vacations, weekends and nights.
    - Office politics are an issue - a VERY title-driven company. Those without titles are often treated poorly by senior leadership.
    - An EXTREMELY fast-paced environment leads to quantity over quality. Not recommended for creatives looking to develop new skills and build their portfolio.
    - High turnover rate
    - Non-creatives often like to play creative director. This often leads to a high-stress environment, harsh creative feedback and amateur end-products.
    - Low pay, few bonuses

    Advice to Management

    Expectations are often impractical and set employees up for failure. There is an overall lack of respect from upper management.

  6. A disappointing experience from a highly-regarded company that continues to mislead employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company is well-known across the US as a top PR agency - having Edelman on your resume is a competitive advantage. The office has a relaxed atmosphere (dress code, layout, etc.) that is conducive to a creative environment.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is non-existent. Depending on your team, you can put up to 70 hours a week in, and upper management will ask you in so many words to not bill all the hours you work. There are not enough junior members on teams to manage the work that is passed down. The compensation is not nearly enough for the time and hard work you will expend at this company.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more junior level employees (AAE, AE) or ensure that upper management is actually working instead of passing work to those below them. Manipulative practices that upper management on teams employ should be further monitored.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Edelman Digital is not Ready for Prime Time

    Former Contractor - Content Strategist in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Content Strategist in New York, NY

    I worked at Edelman as a contractor (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    None whatsoever. Never saw a place that was this ill-prepared for project management. Ever.

    Cons

    Project "Manager" and subordinates are grasping around trying to figure out how to do basic web or intranet re-design projects; stick to PR, kids, and reserve the deeper waters for digital agencies that know how to do this.
    Not near any trains, so commute sucks.
    Did not meet anyone during my whole 2 hours of employment there that I thought was intelligent, stable, creative or worth hiring.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire people like the indecisive PM that hired me without ever interviewing me. Don't hire anyone for the Digital side that does not understand how to run these types of projects. Don't hire anyone who thinks that excel spreadsheets are scary and weird-looking. Also, don't put new staff in a supply closet with broken PA systems, spare tables and chairs (NO JOKE, THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED!!!)

  8. Helpful (3)

    Just a highschool click

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

    I worked at Edelman

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Upper management seems to try not to lay people off during tough times, but cuts every nicety and perk to do so, which makes it almost not worth staying.

    Cons

    The company is filled with little clicks and if you don't fall into one you'll probably never get more than the minimum raise or a promotion after years of work. Long hours are expected and never rewarded, in fact I pulled an all-nighter more times than I care to admit and never got so much as a comp day to make up for it. If you're a technologist stay far away from this place because everything is outsourced and you're just there to fix the messes they make.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Full of nice idiots

    • 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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Lots of title upgrading available, promote from within, work on big client names.

    Cons

    LOTS of clueless people in charge. Too much bureaucracy makes for inefficient work & lengthy timelines.
    Anything Digital is run by the most junior of people, which are absolutely stupid and clueless journalism-chasing interns who joined for PR and got silo'd into doing "digital" work. By the way, they consider anything online to be digital. So when you get their "Digital Specialist" or senior Digital people, you're getting glorified Tweeters and Facebook posters who got over promoted after sticking around since the 90's.
    Their entire advertising teams in some offices consist sometimes no people in fact trained in advertising. A money-sucking proposition for clients.

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on viable skill levels, stop putting people in management or supervisor positions simply because they're too old to be called an Account Executive anymore.

  10. Helpful (1)

    No work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY

    I worked at Edelman full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Might work on an array of brands which Edelman has lots of access to. Insurance coverage is great. Roof deck is amazing (when you get to use it).

    Cons

    Will work you to the bone. Completely thankless. I was belittled by my boss even though he liked my work and I pulled 16 hour days, 4 days a week. Working on digital work or campaigns was a nightmare because the PR teams try to govern them, but so do the creative teams. People like to pretend that they know what they are doing, but it's more about politics than anything else. And they try and give you a whole Edelman propaganda lowdown, so they can get you to drink the koolaid, when working there just causes you to drink excessively from stress.

    Advice to Management

    Consider work life balance. Allow Senior Management to actually respect their teams. And consider your work more than politics otherwise, all of the work is going to remain half-staff. And allow your creative teams a little more autonomy from your PR teams.

  11. Helpful (1)

    And The Oscar for Worst Agency - Edelman

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Feels like you are working in a factory off shore in a foreign country - you can be completely invisible so if you have little personality great place to be

    Cons

    New York consumer group has experienced mass exodus of pseudo talented senior so-called executives - one would have to think the new leader running the consumer group has made a big impression on these folks - wow

    Advice to Management

    Take it down several notches - pay more for talent - stop hiring your family - and stop hiring senior leaders who have had bad behavior issues at previous firms to have global roles

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