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Edelman Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated February 10, 2015
Updated February 10, 2015
178 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.  

    Well-Oiled Machine

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

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    - Processes are seamless and quick
    - Employees are smart and everyone has their own set of expertise

    Cons

    Overtime is discouraged to a point, even when there is an overflow of work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    VP

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very depressing place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Edelman full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Many smart people work there and they produce some good work. They can attract good people, as well, at least until they find another place to go.

    Cons

    Many people there think they know it all already -- and yet, PR is all about trying new things. Upper management plays a lot of favorites...It's not really a welcoming place if you're not part of the club. In fact, there are a lot of mean, miserable people. And that's taking the high road.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so short-sighted and hire based on talent and work ethic...Not based on whether people look like they would fit with the rest of the group. Or live together in Highland Park. Birds of a feather flock together here, like I've never seen anywhere else. It's also very gossipy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best experience I've ever had working for an agency!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Working here is great because managers really make you feel appreciated. "Thank you" and "Great Job" is expressed often and the sense of teamwork is always present. Managers help you plan your goals and (even better) help you achieve those goals by putting you on the right clients and getting you the experience you need to grow. There are tons of learning opportunities within Edelman including trainings, workshops and seminars. People who work here are really some of the smartest people I've ever met and they are very invested in pulling you up with them. This is an ethical company that I can really say I am proud to be a part of. They treat their employees with respect and are always looking out for employee's best interest.

    Cons

    The only con I have with working here is I had to make a lateral move to get my foot in the door and I really think they should pay their entry level staff a little bit more. But I see myself growing here and hope that promotions will make up for the entry level salary I am currently receiving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your AEs and AAEs more money. It will make them stay much longer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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

    I have been working at Edelman as an intern (less than a 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
  7.  

    Great people, and an all around positive work environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The people! The work/life balance is phenomenal, everyone is very considerate of people's personal lives, and want to be flexible to accommodate having a life outside of work. I genuinely feel appreciated in my role, and feel like my hard work is rewarded.

    Cons

    After coming from another agency, I can honestly say the grass is greener on the other side. I don't have anything bad to say about working at Edelman.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the training coming, everyone is eager to learn!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overworked, Work Politics, and No Growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Edelman full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    PTO policy is decent. Free cereal/oatmeal on Mondays and free ice cream on Fridays is okay. Starbucks coffee beans is a good plus as well as milk machine.

    Cons

    There is no work-life balance. People are overworked and not rewarded for hard work. Training is not good and management is clueless. They only look after people who know how to work the office politics. It's who you know not what you know. There also is no room for growth here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your hard workers or they will get fed up and leave. Also, it would be helpful to put something in place where you can see some career progression and not have employees fall into a black hole. Lastly, it is necessary to stop favoritism and stop hiring family members or friends of other employees who are not qualified for the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    <3 Edelman

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

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

    Pros

    Leadership, growth opportunities, value, all great.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is what you'd expect working at the world's largest PR agency - if you do your research you'll know this coming in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing place to work alongside the best and brightest

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Super talented colleagues; great clients means we get to work on interesting and challenging assignments; proud to be part of a firm with such a strong and respected reputation

    Cons

    Superstars get tapped a lot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find quick-hit ways of sharing updates regularly; apply our employee engagement expertise to Edelman's internal communications, too

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderful, fun filled work environment with forward looking management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Very forward looking and Industry leaders as Top Management
    Ethics and Values as top priority
    Fun filled and challanging work environment

    Cons

    For those who want 8 to 5 routine job, might not be correct place

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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