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Edelman Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated December 27, 2014
Updated December 27, 2014
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Pros
  • Lots of resources available to employees and good work-life balance culture (in 65 reviews)

  • Many smart people to work with on a diverse portfolio of projects (in 62 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely high work pressure means that work life balance is adversely impacted (in 137 reviews)

  • Long hours; org structure difficult to understand/navigate (in 94 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fantastic to work for

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    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
  2.  

    Fabulous opportunities--with high expectations

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    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
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    Prepare to work.. really...really.. really hard

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    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best of the Best

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    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
  7.  

    great company

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    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
  8.  

    If you're going to work at an agency, do it here.

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Top PR firm in the world; great benefits; decent work/life balance; smart/creative people

    Cons

    Long hours; org structure difficult to understand/navigate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good exposure for an internship program

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work 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

  10.  

    Work with smart people in the industry on global clients.

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources available to employees and good work-life balance culture. Entrepreneurial spirit is strong and employees are given opportunity to explore interests.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover -- people come and go all the time. Difficult to keep abreast with all the changes and there is a lot of politics involved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Guide and mentor junior staff on how to navigate culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Everyone is smart and creative

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    At other firms I have worked for, people were afraid to share clients or work with other departments. Not here. Everyone cross collaborates and enourages it. Its not about billable hours, its about creating the best experience for a client and making sure the clients needs are met.

    Cons

    they only give free water and coffee. on site cafeteria runs out of food around 2. office is slightly out of the way for general NYC commuting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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