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Edelman Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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4.0 845 reviews

96% Approve of the CEO

Edelman President and CEO Richard W. Edelman

Richard W. Edelman

(676 ratings)

86% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    Great work environment

    Intern (Former Employee)

    ProsThey really get you involved in a lot of the work, and treat you more as an actual employee than a part-time intern.

    ConsThe process and feedback for full-time hire was vague.

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

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    Strong company with a safe future

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFamily owned and operated, good work/life balance

    ConsUnless you work on the account side you will not get paid well, infrastructure positions are underpaid compared to industry average

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company is very top heavy - too many cooks in the kitchen and the underlings get very little respect. There are a lot of egos

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

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    Full of nice idiots

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLots of title upgrading available, promote from within, work on big client names.

    ConsLOTS of clueless people in charge. Too much bureaucracy makes for inefficient work & lengthy timelines.
    Anything Digital is run by the most junior of people, which are absolutely stupid and clueless journalism-chasing interns who joined for PR and got silo'd into doing "digital" work. By the way, they consider anything online to be digital. So when you get their "Digital Specialist" or senior Digital people, you're getting glorified Tweeters and Facebook posters who got over promoted after sticking around since the 90's.
    Their entire advertising teams in some offices consist sometimes no people in fact trained in advertising. A money-sucking proposition for clients.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote based on viable skill levels, stop putting people in management or supervisor positions simply because they're too old to be called an Account Executive anymore.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No work life balance

    Creative (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsMight work on an array of brands which Edelman has lots of access to. Insurance coverage is great. Roof deck is amazing (when you get to use it).

    ConsWill work you to the bone. Completely thankless. I was belittled by my boss even though he liked my work and I pulled 16 hour days, 4 days a week. Working on digital work or campaigns was a nightmare because the PR teams try to govern them, but so do the creative teams. People like to pretend that they know what they are doing, but it's more about politics than anything else. And they try and give you a whole Edelman propaganda lowdown, so they can get you to drink the koolaid, when working there just causes you to drink excessively from stress.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider work life balance. Allow Senior Management to actually respect their teams. And consider your work more than politics otherwise, all of the work is going to remain half-staff. And allow your creative teams a little more autonomy from your PR teams.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company BAD LOCAL management and culture.

    Senior Position (Former Employee) Portland, OR

    Pros-Benefits;
    -Opportunities (if you stay that long!)
    -Location
    -Great Digital Team
    -Great ongoing training
    -Great company overall to work for as a leader

    Cons-VERY high turnover only 10 employees work there for more than 2 years because only "friends" stay
    -They fire and hire people like fall and spring collections
    -Micromanagement;
    -No ideas should come from anyone but Senior Management
    -The General Manager :uneducated an undergraduate degree(English) with no formal management education; Have no idea what P&L's are- they get advice from others.
    -The VPs: at most a basic college degree; Very irrational; Cannot work with them easily
    Salaries: Very underpaid. If you work there you will get paid less than a barista at Starbucks dependent on your role.
    -They make you fearful for your position within the company during the first 90 days of employment
    -They asked employees to go onto Glassdoor and write reviews. The good ones are most likely company sponsored.
    -What the General Manager says goes.
    -I foresee this Edelman office closing down; They are expensive and have no idea what they are doing;
    -No diversity. Only 5 men work there.
    -They don't like veterans: They fired one soon after I left and soon after they were hired. Handicaps are too much hassle for them.
    -They try to attract / poach for senior roles from other local companies hoping to get more business but most leave within 6 months because the work environment is drama filled.
    -If you are a senior member and they want to oust you, they exclude you from events and activities or take away your right to supervise. Mind games.
    -Everyone is too scared to say what they think because they don't want to lose their jobs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdvice to corporate: Evaluation of actual leadership based on employee turnover; lack of accounts and advancement of employees. Local senior authoritative management in this branch is a bad decision. No diversity. Cookie cutter only.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    And The Oscar for Worst Agency - Edelman

    Vice President (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsFeels like you are working in a factory off shore in a foreign country - you can be completely invisible so if you have little personality great place to be

    ConsNew York consumer group has experienced mass exodus of pseudo talented senior so-called executives - one would have to think the new leader running the consumer group has made a big impression on these folks - wow

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake it down several notches - pay more for talent - stop hiring your family - and stop hiring senior leaders who have had bad behavior issues at previous firms to have global roles

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good exposure for an internship program

    Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsWorking with the best of the best. Exposure to big brands and big budgets. Hands on experience

    ConsWork only with basics, no one cares to paint the bigger picture. You don't get any real business perspective as an intern - they just have you writing press releases

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    A well-known company with a good history that cannot escape it's corporate hierarchy or its past.

    Account Executive (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsLots of resources to build strong campaigns for clients - different departments are encouraged to interact together to build ideas.
    Open door policy and all ideas are welcome.
    Strong clients across a variety of industry verticals.

    ConsEdelman tries to overexert itself to continue driving up revenues - revenues are all that matter and it's not about pleasing clients you already have.
    Slow, frustrating promotion system - you are only promoted when a team is ready to promote you and the promotion can fit it into their budget, not when clients or colleagues say you are deserving.
    Incredibly high turnover makes it difficult to stay passionate or inspired.
    It's "Show Up Differently" culture is a facade; that may work in small companies but creativity is all too often crippled by corporate hierarchy and "best practices."

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward high achievers with expedited promotions and not just small spot bonuses.
    Care more than about bottom line - do great work for clients you already have rather than just trying for new business and new revenue streams.
    Improve high employee turnover to increase morale.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting clients, interesting work

    Account Supervisor (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsExposure to challenging client base. Ability to relate with clients.

    ConsDifficult to navigate complex office politics

    Advice to Senior ManagementManage the managers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Number one for a reason.

    Vice President (Current Employee)

    ProsEdelman is filled with lots and lots of smart, hard-working people, not just in the Bay Area, but throughout the western region.

    ConsSenior management talks a lot about work-life balance, but sometimes it feels like lip service. The hours can be very long.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your current employees while you have the chance to do so (and before they become former employees).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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