Edelman
4.0 of 5 839 reviews
www.edelman.com Chicago, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

Edelman Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

4.0 839 reviews

                             

96% Approve of the CEO

Edelman President and CEO Richard W. Edelman

Richard W. Edelman

(672 ratings)

86% of employees recommend this company to a friend
839 Employee Reviews
Relevance Date Rating
in

Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Lots of resources available to employees and good work-life balance culture"
    in 49 reviews
  • "Many smart people to work with on a diverse portfolio of projects"
    in 51 reviews
Cons:
  • "Extremely high work pressure means that work life balance is adversely impacted"
    in 107 reviews
  • "Long hours; org structure difficult to understand/navigate"
    in 88 reviews
  • Show more review highlights

Reviews

    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting work environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere are great learning experiences.

    ConsAgency life is non-stop. You have to like it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to build your resume, learn and launch your career

    Intern (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood culture, friendly and helpful people, well-known big name clients and a lot of opportunities to do some really cool projects

    ConsWorkers can be very clique-y, office matters can become political, lack of diversity in terms of employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what your doing, make sure to keep recognizing and rewarding the accomplishments of junior staff.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

    2 people found this helpful  

    Awesome firm

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThis was a great firm with amazing people. I loved working here!

    ConsIt's agency life so it can be a little crazy but it's pretty nice considering.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
  • We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    Just a highschool click

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsUpper management seems to try not to lay people off during tough times, but cuts every nicety and perk to do so, which makes it almost not worth staying.

    ConsThe company is filled with little clicks and if you don't fall into one you'll probably never get more than the minimum raise or a promotion after years of work. Long hours are expected and never rewarded, in fact I pulled an all-nighter more times than I care to admit and never got so much as a comp day to make up for it. If you're a technologist stay far away from this place because everything is outsourced and you're just there to fix the messes they make.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review

    4 people found this helpful  

    Don't be fooled by all these reviews--they're fake, look at the dates.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsEdelman has great name recognition and big name clients.

    ConsEdelman tends to rest on its long standing reputation and sheer global size, not innovative work. Similar to other conglomerates, billable hours are valued over new creative ideas for clients.

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

    3 people found this helpful  

    4 years at the company

    Senior Account Supervisor (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat work culture, amazing opportunities

    Consnot consistent talent between offices

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    It was Okay.

    Trainee/Intern (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat location, free food, fun place

    ConsOffice culture is cliquey.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo more to make newbies feel more at home and not like temps.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Disapproves of CEO

    2 people found this helpful  

    Meh

    Account Supervisor (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsTime 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

    5 people found this helpful  

    A lonely road for rockstars

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt is not normal for people to spend their entire careers at one agency. But Edelman has achieved a culture where many people are happy to stay. If you are a rockstar, you can beat your own path at Edelman. You will find people who are smart, driven, creative and focused on achieving real impact in the real world. You will find a vast base of clients who trust Edelman to steward bold ideas forward. Opportunities abound.

    ConsMiddle management often pays homage to "big ideas" but, for the most part, perpetuates the status quo. Talented thinkers often find a way -- but too often, they're finding a way around their supervisors. Or, just as bad, they are given a green light but no resources to achieve their goal.

    Also, the cliquishness between divisions is borderline unbearable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBust up bureaucracy. Help monetize new ideas.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for and great people to work with!

    Senior Account Executive (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsMy colleagues are all smart and dedicated to their work and the energy is contagious. Leadership genuinely cares about the employees.

    ConsYou work on the demands of clients, so work loads can vary dramatically

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
RSS Feed Embed

Worked for Edelman? Contribute to the Community!

Edelman Videos

Loading...

Edelman – Why Work for Us?

On October 1, 1952, Daniel J. Edelman and Associates was founded in the Merchandise Mart in Chicago with three employees servicing one client. More than 60 years later, with 67 offices and over 4,800 employees servicing… Full Overview

Provided by employer [?]

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.

Glassdoor is your free inside look at Edelman reviews and ratings — including employee satisfaction and approval rating for Edelman CEO Richard W. Edelman. All 839 reviews posted anonymously by Edelman employees.