Edelman Reviews

Updated July 10, 2015
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Edelman President and CEO Richard W. Edelman
Richard W. Edelman
34 Ratings

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. Contractors beware

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    The people. They're very well-meaning, intelligent and nice. They get the one star. Competitive rates.

    Cons

    - Sure, competitive rates. IF you get paid. (Oh, you want us to pay you the $28,000 we owe you?) - Yes, nice people. But nice doesn't make a project run well. - For web projects, no process. ZERO. zero, zero, zero. (Oh, we're Agile.) My foot. - Who's in charge? (We need someone in charge?) - Who's leading each discipline? (Could be the Managing Partner, could be an Account person. Could be the receptionist. Let's just see who's available.) - They cater to every single client whim. Period. No client management. Blown scope. Same timelines. Which means WEEKEND WORK. WEEKEND EMAILS. YAAAAAAY. For 3 1/2 months? Sure, I have no life. Look. If you like working with a team with no experience with project planning, leading teams, managing client expectations, holding folks accountable, allowing scope creep from day one (yet, adhering to the same timelines) and love working nights and weekends, Edelman is the place for you. If you love being micromanaged by senior management who admit their limitations with regards to your discipline, yet think they know what's best, call up Edelman's recruiter. I hear they have a lot of openings. If you love the mystery behind not knowing who is the internal decision-maker, who reviews and signs off on your work and love the surprise of finding out on the day of your reviews, super. Sign yourself up. Oh, and if you love NOT BEING PAID within their own NET60 terms (yes, NET60) and have to repeatedly beg for your well-earned money, do it. You'll love sending endless emails and making endless calls to voicemails and not getting a response until you threaten legal action. Edelman: You think I'm working for fun? Not getting paid is far worse than dealing with poorly run projects. Because at least I financially benefited from the overage in hours due to doubling and tripling efforts. You can only say "sorry" so much before it becomes meaningless.

    Advice to Management

    - Find a process or get out of web projects. You have no business being in the biz. - PAY YOUR CONTRACTORS. Your payment methods (or lack thereof) are criminal.


  2. Senior Vice President

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great client work, diverse resources available

    Cons

    political, bad culture, low compensation, favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Start to treat employees like people again.


  3. Pit of Vipers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Still a great executive management team. Fantastic talent across the global network and blue chip clients offering amazing opportunities for strategic and creative work.

    Cons

    Horrible management at group head and MD levels. Manipulative and divisive, they breed a culture of paranoia and insecurity, then wonder why bad behaviors start to manifest. Boys club mentality, with misogynistic undertones - feels punitive for women with strong opinions. Management plays favorites and career progression not merit based but based on politics. Overall not a supportive environment. Feels like leadership is always trying to take others down or build a case against people. No support or coaching for staff at VP or SVP levels. Low pay, bad work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying. Start treating your employees like human beings. Invest time and resources into helping develop your talent instead of trying hard to crush people's confidence. Work to create a meritocracy and be more transparent in your decision making processes.


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  5. Snake pit

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

    I worked at Edelman full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Some bright and talented people there

    Cons

    Highly political, hang on to your clients or they'll be poached by your own 'colleagues'

    Advice to Management

    Try telling the truth


  6. Helpful (1)

    Unorganized Chaos

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Variety of clients, nice office. Car service when you work late.

    Cons

    Ridiculous hours. Mismanagement. Misogyny. Lack of respect for peers basically a hot mess. HR doesn't handle stuff, they just figure out a way to get rid of you.

    Advice to Management

    Remind yourselves that you have people working for you, not slaves or robots.


  7. Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Edelman

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance programs are available

    Cons

    Lack of diversity at the senior levels of the organization.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Stay away

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

    I worked at Edelman

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

    Pros

    Five words are required here

    Cons

    Gross people willing to fabricate false claims to propel their sorry paths. Collaboration? non-existent. Be prepared to work 80 hours a week on garbage. Boost gross and embattled brands. Justify every .25 you bill to 5-10 fresh-out-of-sorority account girls. Looking for a PM? They've dissolved that practice years ago. It's back, but no one respects them.

    Advice to Management

    Stick around, you'll get no respect anywhere else.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Greed Governs All

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    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

    Super smart people, access to deep resources, great client roster

    Cons

    Management is wholly out of touch with staff on the ground. There is a complete and utter disregard for employee well-being and an overt focus on revenue and profits. Junior and mid-level staff are worked into the ground and barely able to service existing clients, while upper management is under constant pressure to bring in new business. All the while, no one is allowed to hire and build out teams unless it maintains the absurdly unrealistic revenue-to-salary ratio. The greed is so apparent it's nauseating. People are leaving in droves. It's become a miserable place to be employed and management couldn't care less.

    Advice to Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Greed Governs All

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Vice President

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    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.



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