Edelman Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Don't believe the hype

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Most of the people you work with are great (emphasis on 'most'). Good benefits, vacation time and a beautiful office. Plenty of social events. Great client list and recognition of the Edelman name.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, family run popularity contest. I'm not sure I understand all the positive reviews after having worked there for 2+ years. Exceptions to various rules are the norm- it's all about who you know, how long you've been there, and how much dirt you have on various sketchy situations that keeps you in control. Junior staff are disposable and they salaries are not competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the people who are actually doing the work, not the figureheads who are practically furniture they've been there for so long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Edelman Digital is not Ready for Prime Time

    Former Contractor - Content Strategist in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Content Strategist in New York, NY

    I worked at Edelman as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    None whatsoever. Never saw a place that was this ill-prepared for project management. Ever.

    Cons

    Project "Manager" and subordinates are grasping around trying to figure out how to do basic web or intranet re-design projects; stick to PR, kids, and reserve the deeper waters for digital agencies that know how to do this.
    Not near any trains, so commute sucks.
    Did not meet anyone during my whole 2 hours of employment there that I thought was intelligent, stable, creative or worth hiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire people like the indecisive PM that hired me without ever interviewing me. Don't hire anyone for the Digital side that does not understand how to run these types of projects. Don't hire anyone who thinks that excel spreadsheets are scary and weird-looking. Also, don't put new staff in a supply closet with broken PA systems, spare tables and chairs (NO JOKE, THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED!!!)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    I have developed so many great skills in the short time I have been working here. The name definitely carries great status and reputation. The people I work with bring so much to the table on a daily basis.

    Cons

    The quality of work should be more recognized. Billing is way too important.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Simply the Best

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Independence means freedom from the financial pressures put on agencies in holding companies; Richard Edelman's game-changing leadership; you will go to work each day surrounded by the smartest people in the industry, at all levels.

    Cons

    The pace and size will not be for everyone. It is big, fast and extremely smart -- you have to be on your toes at all times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep setting the bar high and pushing the industry forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Fantastic to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Learn many skills, provided challenges and career growth opportunities, very social, made wonderful friends

    Cons

    Long hours, great if you are single but a challenge if you are in a relationship or wanting a family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help junior and senior members find a way to achieve true work-life balance (work one day a week from home or build up staff on teams)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Fabulous opportunities--with high expectations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Incredible work. Challenging client assignments and the resources to the the best work possible. People are very talented and many make great mentors, especially for mid & senior career. For people who fit the culture, the "entrepreneurial spirit" is real. The firm provides resources necessary to make good ideas happen.

    Cons

    Need to set your own boundaries because the firm will always push for better work. Some of the internal financial structure can make collaboration difficult, but individual relationships always trump the official policies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Prepare to work.. really...really.. really hard

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great experience to put on a resume, benefits and big corporate benefits

    Cons

    It's an incredibly competitive place (at least the health department) these are all very hard working overworked people who may not have time to train you properly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on encouraging and inspiring your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Edelman as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Best of the Best

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    I have been employed at several well-known NYC agencies over the course of a long career, and Edelman is by far the best place I have ever worked. The "E" in Edelman stands for excellence. It is impossible to overrate the importance of the firm's independence and the outstanding leadership and commitment of the Edelman family. The firm is loaded with smart, creative people, who are challenged everyday to grow, learn, and give back. Hard work IS rewarded here.

    Cons

    After experiencing other typical NYC agency environments, ranging from tolerable to unbearable, I truly can't think of any "cons" that amount to anything.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    private ownership, great work-life balance, great career opportunities for hard workers

    Cons

    There aren't many negatives. In some cases the leadership isnt as strong as it could be, but I am overall very pleased.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    embrace telecommuters

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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