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Edelman Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated March 21, 2014
Updated March 21, 2014
854 Reviews

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Pros
  • Lots of resources available to employees and good work-life balance culture (in 51 reviews)

  • Many smart people to work with on a diverse portfolio of projects (in 52 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely high work pressure means that work life balance is adversely impacted (in 110 reviews)

  • Long hours; org structure difficult to understand/navigate (in 90 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful people, wonderful work, wonderful experience thus far.

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Consistently challenged, but supported. Compensation is above average, and the company culture is amazing.

    Cons

    As with any corporate job, politics do come into play, but not enough to interfere with day-to-day work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing what you're doing!

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, environment; endless opportunities

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Work with the best people, great benefits, always opportunities to learn and grow

    Cons

    Hiring or transferring process is cumbersome

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Edelman is a company that values not only its client relationships but also its employees.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Edelman values its employees and looks to retain top talent by offering excellent benefits and investing in employees. Edelman's work culture is phenomenal and even though there are 67 different offices, every time I go to a new office, its cool to see that the people are the same in each office.

    Cons

    As is agency style, sometimes you will work long hours, but there is no company I'd rather work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the junior employees as much responsibility as you can.

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    Positive Outlook
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    Smart leadership, great clients, fun work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - EVP  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - EVP in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    > We represent many of the best brands in the world
     > We help influence important decisions in the world's boardrooms as well as legislative houses

    Cons

    There's so much to do and never enough time to do it, so it's critical you know how to achieve life balance. It won't be done for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in proprietary IP, continue to bring in really smart, senior non-PR people withe heavy industry experience.

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    Approves of CEO
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    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly and very collaborative. Employees work well in forming teams across the different practice areas to give clients excellent, integrated work. Management gives employees the freedom to pursue their areas of interest regardless of what practice they are a part of. Many trainings are implemented to share knowledge and help employees explore areas of interest.

    Cons

    As with any company, there can be a lot of bureaucracy to navigate at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep investing in tools and trainings. Making programs like PhotoShop more available would be very helpful. The online training platform is very slow and has a lot of glitches.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    -Great management that really takes pride in developing young talent
    -Challenged on a daily basis
    -Get to big clients
    -Looks great on a resume

    Cons

    -Long hours
    -Low pay at bottom of the latter

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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Endless Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    The abundance of career opportunities here at Edelman is endless. The company is structured for each employee to ultimately determine their own career path based upon their interests. Additionally, as the top pr firm in the world Edelman attracts top tier talent and works with some of the largest brands in the world. Being with such a large company also allows you a global network of resources to assist you in your day-to-day needs and the opportunity to work with other Edelman offices across the world.

    Cons

    Part of this is just the nature of the industry, but it is very challenging to maintain a work/life balance at times. If you are only open to a 9-5 Monday-Friday gig, this industry and company is probably not the best fit for you. That said, Edelman is great about holidays and PTOs.

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    Positive Outlook
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  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The place for real thinkers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    - Client base consissts of the best of their industires
    - Smart colleagues
    - Great leadership that communicates often and well
    - Oustanding work
    - Highly values creative thinking
    - Diverse employee base is becoming even more so

    Cons

    - Ver fast-faced, to the point of leaving little room to breathe
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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep sharing transparently and running out the big egos that behave poorly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Wonderful place to intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Intern  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Corporate Intern in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Wonderful place to start; has high status and makes room for many opportunities

    Cons

    Could pay more for the hardwork; interns dont get overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great management

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  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Stand-out Employer Among the Other PR Agencies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    -Training is much more robust and taken more seriously than at any other agency
    -Work-life balance (it is what you make it - I've found mine and so have several of my other colleagues)
    -Many or most teams work cross-practice
    -Everyone knows Edelman... if you've worked here for any length of time, people seem to take you a bit more seriously as a PR professional
    -LEADERSHIP - we have exceptional leadership in our office; he's very accessible and focused on making things better for his teams
    -Edelman NEXT - allows you to carve your own path and how you want to progress within the agency, even if you want to change directions or locations
    -Working at Edelman Atlanta comes with all the benefits of being at a world-class (arguably the best) PR agency - smart people, our colleagues set precedents and trends all the time and our clients are some that people dream for years of working with
    -Pretty lax "business casual" dress code, yet we can wear jeans every day

    Cons

    -Office location and surroundings downtown
    -Parking (we pay if we're below VP and the deck is NOT very safe)
    -Non-competitive salary (even after it's been increased, it's still below several other agencies - big and small)
    -Comp time policy for working outside of workday schedule (but to be fair, that's an agency-wide issue)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, please, please be a little more prudent with who is put into leadership positions, especially those with records of high turnover and employee management issues. And I'd also advise to continue tying to improve compensation for employees - especially in comparison to agencies in town like Porter, MSL, C&W, etc.

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    Positive Outlook
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