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Updated February 16, 2015
Updated February 16, 2015
158 Reviews
3.0
158 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Underlying Hatred

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Quality in New York, NY

    I worked at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Great Company to work for and grow in. Interesting and compelling work. Brilliant and creative stuff happening over there. Some great people to work side by side with. Beautiful office in NYC.

    Cons

    Weird, mental and emotional manipulation attempted repeatedly by managers and directors. Some people want you to succeed because that means everyone succeeds, but some people (mainly in leadership) want to crush you. I've never experienced anything like it. Even after I left, I continued to receive snarky, unprofessional, and unprompted emails and correspondence with managers and directors. But at least It made me feel even more confident in my decision to leave Edelman.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require managers to take management classes or management training so they don't behave like evil villains. Especially the ones who have been around for a long time and consistently proven to have outdated and inefficient management techniques and approaches.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Dragonfly

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Miller Resub Lot A Colonia, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Miller Resub Lot A Colonia, TX

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

    Pros

    it was good on the job.

    Cons

    it was okay on the job but cons are a lot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not availiabel

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    VP

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great pay, learning opportunities, smart managers, great opportunity to learn for those starting their careers.

    Cons

    Bad behavior by senior management is rewarded with promotions if it means the client is happy, very poor work / life balance, silo'd work structure leads to in-fighting over client service, junior employees are exposed to some poor management behaviors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Protect the younger employees, who are excited to be there and learn, from managers who behave badly. You may be creating more bad behavior because they see it's acceptable and encouraged (via promotions).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    My 6 Month Internship in the D.C. Office

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Edelman as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Big clients- Hilton, Walmart, Pepse, Adobe, Dannon, etc.
    Big office- many people to connect with and learn from
    In the heart of D.C.
    Edelman Learning Institute classes- hearing from & meeting experts
    Nice perks like endless coffee and ice cream on Fridays
    Was paid $12.25 an hour + time and a half for over time.

    Cons

    At least 30 interns any given week
    Most of the time you are isolated from the "real" employees.All interns are sectioned off in rooms together.
    Work follows you home.
    Not a steady rhythm- either stressed and pulling your hair out or bored and twiddling you thumbs.
    Getting a full-time position mostly depends on timing, luck of the draw.
    Lots of drinking in the office (maybe that is a pro to you though).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more feedback. Meet with interns regularly. Give the intern a written review at the end of their internship.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Fast-paced

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at Edelman

    Pros

    Great environment to work in

    Cons

    Work pressure is very high.

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

    Lots of opportunity, not always great talent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Edelman is a loyal company with many directions to grow in and learn. There is some amazing talent within the company, and the CEO leads by example.

    Cons

    There are a lot of politics to deal with and lengthy processes. You need to want to play the political game, and know that for every amazing talent you work with, there's an equal amount of poor talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be very mindful of who you choose to run your team(s) and make sure they are the right fit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Evolving

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Vice President in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart and deeply committed staff. Digital practice group is highly creative, and recently added strong new creative talent.

    Cons

    Can be siloed and cliquish, not just in the office but throughout the region. Collaboration happens, but not as seamlessly as it should.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Quiet Internship

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Edelman as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Really fun people to work with, strong internship program

    Cons

    Dull work, competitive employees, and small office

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Top of the game client work, smart colleagues, but company's growth is worsening culture

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

    Pros

    Some of the smartest minds in the PR business. Great clients. Independent status allows for expenditure on cutting edge techniques and intellectual property.

    Cons

    As Edelman grows, the rank and file PR teams seem less and less important to senior management. Culture is diluted by too many bosses. Matrixed organization structure causes too much "swirl" with no accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the bureaucracy in half. Why do we need so many regional presidents, COOs, chiefs of staff, etc.?

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Ok; becoming too big for leadership to handle

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people and clients to work with, office culture in DC is really great, but can't speak for the experience in other offices.

    Cons

    Pay is pretty abysmal compared to other opportunities, huge portion junior-mid level employees speak with recruiters. Leadership clearly wants to become a consulting firm while paying like a PR firm and has made some very public blunders recently, increasingly pandering to political correctness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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