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Edelman Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
983 Reviews
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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.  

    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
  2.  

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

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    • 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 an 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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Incredible talent, crushing hours

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best talent and the best clients. Opportunity to learn a lot of facets and best practices of the PR business. Excellent perks and benefits.

    Cons

    Hours can be long and unpredictable. Switch groups, accounts, etc. or risk being pigeonholed. The transition from traditional PR to what Richard Edelman calls "communication marketing" is uncertain and frustrating at times, though I think that's unavoidable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers need to try new things too, but sometimes it feels like we're too expensive to be allowed to take risks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Challenging but lacks professionalism and clear focus

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, variety of client work. Smart and creative people not only existed within the larger offices, but also in the smaller regional ones. Colleagues work harder and longer than any other industry. Great company to prove and challenge yourself.

    Cons

    Lack of professionalism within the office which affected culture, morale, and employee tenure. Compensation was below market average. Although there was flexibility, there was an overload of work that demanded overtime. Leadership waffled on focus and clear direction which was unfortunately driven from higher management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Head Leadership must carry the torch and lead in a positive, professional direction without being swayed by other leadership influences or direct reports. Treat colleagues who are hardworking, trustworthy and accountable with respect and appreciation. Believe in your people. Stay on one path, no waffling.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing career opportunities if you go grab them

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

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

    Pros

    Edelman truly does have some of the best in the business working here and the bench is very deep. The opportunities to learn from experts are vast, whether you want to know about financial communications, paid media, digital, celebrity sponsorships you name it, there is someone here that can teach you (and your clients) about it. If you put yourself out there and actively try to make connections within the agency, especially with senior leadership, you will be rewarded with strong experiences, promotions and direct feedback and mentorship in whatever direction interests you.

    Cons

    It is fairly easy to fall into mediocrity and be lost in this big agency. If you're keeping clients happy, especially a larger client, then you're often just let be to do your thing. Many managers won't push people if they're doing a good job at their baseline tasks. In order to really grow and experience the best parts of Edelman you have to be proactive and go and grab something above and beyond your current remit, otherwise it's too easy to be lost in this large company. An entrepreneurial, go getter spirit is very rewarded at Edelman, everything else is kind of ignored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management has a strong vision for the company, but it's not always communicated all the way down how we can have an impact. Tell even AAEs how they can get involved in making a new business goal a reality, make the tasks specific and the barrier low to getting people involved in the 'above and beyond' and you'll likely find a lot more superstars popping up. I think we loose quality talent that could be "superstar" but they are perhaps quiet and aren't clamoring for opportunities, so we never get a chance to see them shine. The squeaky wheels, who may not be the most talented, generally get the opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to start your career at.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Lots of short-term projects and opportunities available to maximize learning. Colleagues are smart, fun and personable. Fantastic training courses available.

    Cons

    Not much say in clients you work for. Always expected to be "on the clock" even when out of the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should always work with their direct report. it doesn't make sense for a manager to "manage" you if they have no direct knowledge of what you are like as an employee in actual client-facing work settings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Smart people, company truly cares about their employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The people are smart, creative and strategic, and I learn something new every day. The global resources and intellectual property at Edelman are amazing. While the company is big, Richard Edelman is very involved and present in the office, which makes it feel like a true family business.

    Cons

    There are employee gaps that need to be filled, making work-life balance tough. The office is also quite large so it's difficult to meet people outside of your practice (Health, Consumer, etc.) While compensation gets better as you move up the ranks, it can definitely be improved and more comparable to other PR agencies, especially at the junior level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Junior team members need more guidance and resources, which is sometimes not considered because senior colleagues are too busy to provide adequate support. It's assumed that people will "just figure it out," which sets some junior team members up for failure. If junior team members make a mistake, the first thing that should be asked is "how could I have helped them succeed" versus pointing fingers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing Company

    • 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

    Pros

    - prestigious
    - great pay for pr
    - fun and collaborative colleagues

    Cons

    - long hours
    - some favoritism
    - sink or swim environment

  10.  

    Life is Pretty Good Here

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

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

    Pros

    I came to Edelman after being burnt out on agency life, and was surprised to like it so much. Originally my plan was to stay a year for the name on my resume and then leave, but now I don't know... Everyone is really nice and supportive. There are so many learning opportunities. Work life balance is real. There are interesting projects to work on, and you don't get locked into the same thing. If there is something you are interested in, you can make it happen through sheer will and entrepreneurial spirit. Lateral moves within the company are quite common. Also, all the people who have left have gone on to really great jobs.

    Cons

    The one thing that makes me consider leaving is the PAY. It's abysmal. Edelman can get away with it because it is Edelman.

    Also, the company feels a bit top heavy. There are so many VPs going on about what great work they've done, when most of the grunt work is done by junior employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your pay more competitive with the industry standards.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place to Work

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

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

    Pros

    Many resources, collaborative and smart people, great leadership

    Cons

    Edelman has low wages for lower level employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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