Edelman Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
875 Reviews
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Edelman President and CEO Richard W. Edelman
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    I love my job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Global network, open communication and great culture

    Cons

    limited salary, poor internal communication

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Account Executive

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

    I worked at Edelman full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    talented people, good work/life balance, interest in personal growth

    Cons

    compensation is not up to par

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to keep your employees happy and stick around pay competitive market rates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing

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    Former Employee - PR Intern  in  San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - PR Intern in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Edelman as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Company values and overall experience- learning from the best

    Cons

    work-life balance for full time employees seemed off, but my experience was great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to learn but little work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive

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

    Pros

    If you are proactive and make yourself visible there are great learning opportunities, it is like a practical college education, you learn by doing and could have the chance to do some very interesting work. Great international network and lots of available resources. Opportunities to work abroad exist.

    Cons

    Work hours are long and no overtime pay, you have to give blood sweat and tears before you start getting payed at an acceptable level and if you are unlucky with management you will be stuck in the same position/salary for ages. Creativity isn't as celebrated as they claim it should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency and inclusion is how your team will feel it's worth the late hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Company of my College Dreams

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    All throughout college, I dreamed of working for Edelman. Now that I do, I really enjoy it. It's a great environment with plenty of work to go around. There's so many benefits to working here, and I'm very happy with where I'm currently at.

    Cons

    The challenges lie in the agency lifestyle, as opposed to in-house. That is, however, expected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Healthcare Freelance Experience

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

    I worked at Edelman as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone was very friendly and smart.

    Cons

    For my particular position, there was a lot of solo travel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep fostering junior talent and freelancer opportunities are very fulfilling.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning opportunities, fast-paced environment

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    Current Employee - Vice President  in  San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Edelman full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Incredibly smart and capable people, very innovative culture

    Cons

    Too much upper management, confusing structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    streamline structure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Internship experience is great

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    Former Employee - Consumer Intern  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Consumer Intern in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Edelman as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I was given the opportunity to manage my own projects and assignments, and my team was very supportive of each other and making sure their interns had a work-life balance. This internship really is whatever you decide to make of it.

    Cons

    There is so many different assignments and deadlines happening at once. With so many moving parts and so many associates you work under, it is hard to see the larger picture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Explain overall mission and processes to your interns. Help them understand where their hard work is going, so they will be able to connect the dots in the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Edelman Digital Internship

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    Current Employee - Digital Intern  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Digital Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    During the ten weeks I spent at Edelman NY as a digital intern I learned what it was like to be a part of big agency life. From the beginning, it was clear that every full-time employ on the digital floor was extremely supportive of the internship program. My manager and the members on my teams were open to questions, willing to share valuable lessons from their own experiences within the agency, and most importantly they were all trusting enough in my abilities to give me real responsibilities. During my time as an intern at Edelman Digital I was made to feel like a true member of all of my teams.

    Cons

    The program was extremely well run. If you are willing to work hard, ask questions, and take risks by putting yourself out there, an internship and Edelman Digital will be an invaluable experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Churn and burn.

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Big name brings in clients or at least short list for clients. Perks

    Cons

    Company size has hurt structure. Teams compete with each other, they do not work together well. Company can always bring in new business which leads to less than total effort to serve existing clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would take a consulting firm to fix.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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