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I worked at Edelman as an intern (Less than a year)
The only thing I enjoyed about my time at Edelman were the big brands I worked with. I also enjoyed the occasional free food and the company's extremely concerted effort to partake in charity. I suppose the Edelman name carries some weight as well when you inevitably decide to leave.
I was under the impression that people get into PR to be creative. However, that certainly is not the case at Edelman. Edelman overworks its employees so much that there is no time for creativity because there is always another report that needs to be finished. There is no room for unique ideas, you just do whatever the client tells you to do. Working for Edelman is like being a cog in the system. You rarely feel like you contribute much at all except to keep the machine running. I also know that this was the case for upper management as I will outline in the next section. Edelman's room for upward mobility is also terrible. Edelman only promotes people at specific times of the year and will not promote you to the next title until you have fulfilled the yearly requirements to make the jump even if you deserve it. Most of these jumps in pay and title can take years. Finally, the hours were crazy. No one left their desk for lunch because Edelman has an environment that makes you feel like you must always be working. And do not expect to leave the office before sundown ever. At least they paid interns overtime.
Advice to Management
My managers were terrible at managing down. They were always so swamped with all the work their clients had piling up that they could not delegate anything to me. I was at times treated like I was bothering them when reaching out for more work. My advice to management would be to lower everyone's work load because it makes for an awful environment to work in.