Edelman
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Edelman President and CEO Richard W. Edelman

Richard W. Edelman

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86% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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4 years at the company

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

Prosgreat work culture, amazing opportunities

Consnot consistent talent between offices

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I have been working at Edelman full-time

ProsAs with any large company, you have access to a lot more resources. You are also able to work on a wide variety of big brand name clients. A solid resume builder.

ConsYou work long hours and are not compensated well. Benefits are good, the people are solid, but the salary is low.

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Seattle, WA

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

ProsEdelman is a great place to get your feet wet in PR and agency life. Their internship program is designed to help train and groom people to go through the ranks of AAE, AE, AS, and beyond. You also get a chance to cut your teeth on some "brand name" clients as well. All the natural perks that come with working for a big agency are found here.

ConsBecause Edelman is a huge corporation, you get relegated to doing very specific things in your role. Think a cog in a machine. In this case, as an intern, you're awarded with doing the most menial of tasks. I know it's an intern position, but there isn't as much room to grow and explore compared to internships with smaller/mid-sized agencies or companies.

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Good exposure for an internship program

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New York, NY

I worked at Edelman full-time for less than a year

ProsWorking with the best of the best. Exposure to big brands and big budgets. Hands on experience

ConsWork only with basics, no one cares to paint the bigger picture. You don't get any real business perspective as an intern - they just have you writing press releases

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Interesting work and great people; odd culture

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New York, NY

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

ProsYou'll work with some of the most intelligent people in the business in a relaxed culture that is low in micro-management. If you navigate the company correctly and take your career into your own hands you can work on a range of interesting assignments.

ConsHigh turnover drives an unwillingness to seriously invest in talented junior staff, leaving younger A players feeling frustrated. People that don't self-manage their careers often find themselves stunted and no in control.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on reducing turnover through meritocratic advancement and compensation.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Dynamic company to work for.

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

ProsIndustry leaders in the PR and communications space. Risk taking is encouraged.

ConsThere can be work life balance issues.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Sink Or Swim

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I worked at Edelman full-time

ProsExcellent name to have on your resume, Edelman is a well respected company and has an incredible history. Junior staff team is generally very talented and hard working. Ability to work on some big client accounts, adding terrific experience to your resume. Agency is usually ahead of the curve in terms of its vision and work it puts forward, providing for exciting client projects and campaigns.

ConsSenior management team is a mix, some are incredibly supportive, while others provide absolutely no support and have zero patience. Hours can be extremely long, I generally averaged 50-55 hours per week, and often went over that. Zero work life balance for the junior staff team, and probably for senior management as well as they often seemed ridiculously stressed. VP of the office (whom I believe is no longer there, but led the office while I worked there) was incredibly impatient, short-sighted, and lacked the ability to give junior staff team members proper time to develop their skills. In one single week, about five junior staff team members were fired to the surprise of many.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere needs to be more support, patience, and nurturing for the junior staff team. Setting expectations is understandable, but the proper resources and support needs to be there as well. Additionally, make sure the leaders of the office understand the work is only as good as their team, and to get the best work out of them, you need to give them a life outside of work. Walking into work and dreading it is not a positive environment, and will not provide the best outcomes.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Pays is better than other agencies in the area.

SAE (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

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

ProsGood office location, interesting clients, pay is better than other agencies in the area, relatively nice co workers.

ConsCan have that hyper competitive feel that you'll find in most agencies. If you aren't a more dominating personality, you could easily be walked over.

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Fun Place, But I'll See What Else Is Out There

Consumer (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Edelman as an intern for less than a year

ProsThirsty Thursdays every month, Great Amenities, Awesome Building/Location, Fun Events, Young People, Teaches A lot, Great HR Department

ConsNot best hands on teaching- more classes and computer instruction, If you have a bad team it can make or break your experience, long hours, not good starting pay

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more welcoming and helpful to newbies- don't expect we know everything you want from us.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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An Experience for the Resume

Account Supervisor (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

ProsAt Edelman, you have access to interesting clients and budgets as well as the opportunity to make a name for yourself as an internal expert if you're willing and able to share your POV.

If you have a great manager, you'll have a great experience.

ConsIt's a corporate job, with the corresponding structure and limitations. If you're part of the tech practice but aren't using the latest tech, it can make for a frustrating experience. Some of the tech platforms used day-to-day are ~3-5 years behind innovative companies. This lag is also reflected in the services offered to clients.

There's more variance in digital skills and a clear gap in what clients want, is sold in, and able to deliver, but that should iron itself out over time as more consultants develop digital expertise.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf mid-level management has three junior reports churn out within 9 months, you might want to figure out why.

Big picture agency-wise, you're evolving to meet market demands.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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