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Edelman Reviews in Portland, OR

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
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Pros
  • Lots of resources available to employees and good work-life balance culture (in 64 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 135 reviews)

  • Junior staff are expected to work long hours, with minimal financial compensation (in 96 reviews)

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  1.  

    I love working at Edelman. The company, the global perspective and the people keep me motivated each day.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Edelman continually pushes the boundaries for the definition of PR. The company values high-quality client service.

    Cons

    At time, it seems that financial compensation is not as competitive as other agencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be as transparent as possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you are looking to get your foot in the door, Edelman is the company to do it with.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Intern in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    You are given projects that help your team's overall vision and goal for the client.
    There are internal "organizations" that you can volunteer for and participate in.
    The opportunity of working with clients in different industries.

    Cons

    Large corporate agency PR isn't for everyone. It can be very routine/boring work. Excel spreadsheets become your best friend. You sit in front of a computer for nine hours a day whether you want to or not.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company BAD LOCAL management and culture.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Position in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Position in Portland, OR

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Advice 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience at Edelman has been both fun and educational.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The network. Given the scope of the company, the wealth of knowledge and information within our reach is always increasing. The culture is also relaxed, enabling a work-life balance suited to the individual.

    Cons

    Client selection can be limited. Especially in a small market, you may not always be able to work on your preferred accounts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good clients, difficult agency

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Portland, OR

    I worked at Edelman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some name recognition in the brand, but losing that cache quickly.

    Cons

    Too many to list. It's a sinking ship. Management team is a disaster, and that's really a compliment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The business is heading for a nose dive because they do not invest enough in growing and retaining their talent. PR and marketing firms have employees as their biggest asset -- they can make or break the enterprise. Yet time and again, companies like Edelman get confused that the names of past and current clients are their biggest assets. My advice to management at Edelman is that this current way of operating is too short-sighted. By training and developing your people and caring and investing in them the way an industrial business might maintain a productive machine, Edelman will get far higher dividends than just trying to chase that next big client -- and wearing its people down in the process. The cycle is not sustainable for the business or its people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Looks good from the outside, dysfunctional from the inside

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Edelman has a good brand reputation, which means any time worked at the agency will look good on your resume. If you are starting out in your career, this is a good place to get experience in PR and to learn some best practices that will serve you well in the years to come.

    Cons

    I joined Edelman because of the agency's reputation, but was surprised at how mismanaged the company was when I started working there. Managers are trained to be very hard on their team, often pushing people to their limits in the interest of client service. Employees are often brought to tears either from the stress, workload, or critical feedback from managers. I've seen more coworkers crying in the ladies room than I care to count. Although you can learn a lot from working at this agency, the harsh culture and cutthroat nature of the company means you need very thick skin to survive here very long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Portland office could use a new senior management team. It is hard to retain quality employees when the management team doesn't care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    All the benefits of a global agency and a boutique

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues - genuinely enjoy spending >8 hours/day with them
    Culture has steadily improved - praise, accountability and real-time feedback as well as a fun and collaborative approach
    Get to work with incredibly smart people all across the Edelman network

    Cons

    Agency life can be unpredictable, and work-life balance occasionally suffers as a result.
    Politicking inevitable at executive level of broader company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember to put your people and your clients ahead of your egos and P&L
    Keep investing in the company to maintain our leadership position

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place - great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Super nice office - great location. Really smart people. Edelman is a big company globally. PDX office is super focused on growing.

    Cons

    Hours can be crazy. Some clients are hard to work with. Some areas of the office are better to sit in than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get Edelman more visbility in Portland market. Its good we do a lot of celebrations don't stop those. I've seen people bash the leaders on this site. I disagree. They are great but tough, and if you don't know them its your fault. Some of the leaders before were the worst.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    I've had better.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Large company names look great on resumes. Once you get your foot in the door you can transfer to other offices/cities. If you get the rare chance to work with other offices (new york/chicago/atlanta), you can learn a lot. Severance packages tend to be generous (or so we've heard).

    Cons

    Culture is driven by fear. Local management has zero agency management experience. Turnover of respected and talented employees is extremely high. Agency brand recognition is low in the market. All the free coffee and soda (or meal replacement shakes....) in the world can't make up for a hostile work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be respected, don't scream at or patronize your people so much.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Challenging, fun, thriving environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Great account managers, savvy and strategic planners, top-notch tacticians, courageous leaders. Fun people. Aggressive growth and rewarding experiences. The perks are also pretty awesome - great parties, free soda and coffee, constant surprise goodies and a killer office space/location.

    Cons

    As with typical agency life, the hours can be long, the stress can be high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep challenging your team, and maintain work life balance. Lead by example.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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