Edelman Reviews in London, England

Updated July 7, 2014
Updated July 7, 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.  

    Inspiring

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Edelman is widely regarded for its Trust Barometer, which not only distinguishes the firm but acts as a foundation for much of the work the agency does. As a fiercely independent but still leading and very international operation, the culture, the people and the clients that Edelman retains are truly inspiring.

    Cons

    For all of the reasons I just mentioned, the bar on quality is very high at Edelman. This is obviously a good thing, but obviously also does create a certain amount of pressure to always be better than the day before. There's a certain amount of stress that goes along with that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Horrible, agressive, combative atmosphere

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Edelman full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    BIG - lots of budget for things like training. Good perks. Great pay.

    Cons

    Horrible management only concerned with squeezing clients for money, and employees for work. Senior leadership pits managers against each other, creating a non-collaborative and aggressive atmospherel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall a great place to work...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Fantastic environment, brilliant teams to work with, engaged forward thinking in terms of PR and the PR enviroment.

    Cons

    Not focussed on the support staff (Finance, HR, Facilities/Office Management); can be bureaucratic; internal comms aren't always as strong as they could be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that there is good succession planning in place and that there is consistency in how this is put in place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It's all about the incredible people you get to work with. Buckets of opportunity, but you need to know the right people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Great CEO and company ethos, has the right thinking and approach. Clever, fun and interesting people to be around and work with. Creatively inspiring and able to move with the times and adapt. Cultivates an entrepreneurial attitude in everyone.

    Cons

    It's an agency so there are long hours. Different market locations have different vibes, and as with all places internal politics can be hard to navigate. A handful of senior leaders have their own interests before the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in internal communication and ensure it's not just the same senior people you get to see, talk with and listen to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Terrible

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Good values established from company founder. You walk in and sense the family ethic, majority of people are friendly. Decent benefits the longer you are with the company.

    Cons

    The good values are fading fast. The place is full of managers thinking they are top VIP's. The power has gone to their heads. Leadership unable to handle PR pressure and often shout profanities over conference calls or to assistants. Senior staff have no problem in being rude and will happily make you feel as if you can't do your job, terrible as your obviously there as you are fully qualified. You do get a sense that people openly gossip for a pass time. Many middle-aged senior women seem like they could have been top editors or working in fashion PR and missed the boat. The creative division has tarnished the reputation of the company as the senior staff are erratic, many mood swings that makes it impossible for individuals to concentrate and work. Very weak HR team. Induction is a booklet to read on the morning you arrive. Took nearly a week to get a second hand laptop set-up and basic blackberry. Terrible disappointment for a global PR firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a strong HR team. Management should look at the reputation of the company and the people that are giving the place a bad name. Address behaviour issues with senior staff and offer training/ counselling to heads of divisions to teach them ways of dealing with pressure, and how to treat people with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Throw you in at the deep and and allow you space to grow

    Cons

    Excessive hours, will screw you on salary given a chance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Thought leaders.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources BP  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources BP in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Independent
    Family oriented
    Leading the way in PR/Public Engagement

    Cons

    UK has been without a CEO for some time. This is now due to change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good global opportunities - but only when you are senior

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounts Executive  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Accounts Executive in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - Some really great clients
    - Decent holiday benefits (start on 20 days holiday (rising to 25) + 1/2 day around bank holidays + days off between Xmas and New Year + Birthday day
    - Smart and innovative colleagues
    - Good training

    Cons

    - The pay for junior staff is really poor
    - People can be overlooked for promotion as MDs are just so busy and don't get much time to interact with junior staff
    - The hours are long - which would be much more palatable if they pay was better
    - The tasks can be thankless, boring and monotonousness for junior staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Pay your junior staff something they can actually survive on

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    great agency if you can hack agency life

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    collaborative environment
    creative
    fun
    great perks
    high budget clients

    Cons

    long hours
    very fast pace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    doing a great jon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Fantastic & fun place to work where real opportunities are given, but hours are long and pay is low.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Global agency with incredible list of clients. Great people, all of whom are very competent and driven. It is fun and full of young people. There is a real push for people to learn and take on as much responsibility as they feel fit.

    Cons

    Resourcing is a constant problem. As with all agencies, the salaries are not high especially if they are put in relation to the number of hours spent in the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to people. Winning new business is only one part of a successful company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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