Edelman Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
864 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  

    Stepping stone to greater opportunities

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    Current Employee - Trainee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Trainee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    As an intern, I worked with many different clients. The staff is creative with many diverse backgrounds. There are many great employee benefits, including mixers, happy hours, snacks around the office, and career training. There are a variety of opportunities to apply different skill sets here, so there is always new and interesting work to be done. Excellent experience in traditional and social media communications.

    Cons

    The job is quite demanding and does not lend itself to a great work-life balance. Many folks burn out quickly. Also, the pay initially does not meet the expectations of the job. Lower-level employees must dig their heels in for several years before salary begins to match the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue investing in your hires and do not burn them out!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Little Pay for Great Experience

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great clients to gain reputable experience working with.

    Cons

    They will not pay you for the work you do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great people to work with/for

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    Current Employee - Associate Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Executive in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    You learn something new every day from co-workers and supervisors.

    Cons

    At times, the supervisors are doing a billion things that they can't really teach/train the people working under them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep motivating peers and increase training on digital.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn from higher ups, challenging, lots of really useful experience that helps set you up for a future at an agency

    Cons

    Sometimes very stressful, sometimes nothing to do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balance out the work load so it's consistent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work and growth

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    Current Employee - Billing Coordinator  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Billing Coordinator in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Edelman gives you tools and makes it a bit easier for you to Grow.

    Cons

    none as of today

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

    Didn't hate it

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    Former Employee - Corporate PR Intern  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Corporate PR Intern in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Got to work on great clients, Awesome people, Did some cool work

    Cons

    Very sink or swim culture, Not a lot of support from managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are managing an intern, it would make sense to actually work on the same clients as the intern.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average Agency Life

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    I've enjoyed my time with Edelman and feel the work they're doing is good, albeit rather garden-variety. There are plenty of training opportunities and chances to break out of one's silo if one is so inclined.

    Cons

    Leaders don't buy what they sell. You'll never see anyone VP+ in a training session, which reflects badly to junior staff. The gap between the job management thinks they're doing and how the junior staff sees them doing is widening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to your roots and remember what made you good AAEs, AEs, and SAEs, taking opportunities and having the hunger for greater things. Stop feeling as though you've arrived and remember you're still in transit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Meh

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great name, prestige, you will learn a lot about PR and the industry that you can use throughout your career. There are a lot of ways to get involved and learn more. Good benefits too.

    Cons

    Time management, company has a problem practicing what it preaches and can make it difficult to trust what they say. There is a disconnect between what the senior people think Edelman and the Edelman work experience is and what it actually is. Not a good place for working mothers unless you're at a high enough level. Does not value quieter, thoughful approaches so not a place for introverts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to force everyone to be the Edelman ideal and actually focus on people's strengths. Practice what your preach. Respect people's home lives (for real, not just lip service). Value loyalty and the people who aren't agency-hopping a little more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    It was Okay.

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    Former Employee - Trainee/Intern  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Trainee/Intern in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great location, free food, fun place

    Cons

    Office culture is cliquey.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to make newbies feel more at home and not like temps.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people and quite a learning experience.

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The people are smart and strategic assets to the company who hold remarkable relationships with their clients. Just the same, clients treat Edelman like a strategic partner vs. just an agency, which is a testament to the work we can do.

    Cons

    I've seen several teams in the past few months lose team members who aren't being replaced, meaning across the board many have an even heavier workload. There are definitely employee gaps that need to be filled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire employees where and when needed. On top of this, there needs to be improved compensation for top performers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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