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Updated June 29, 2015
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Edelman President and CEO Richard W. Edelman
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Pros
  • Work life balance is good as well (in 65 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Work-life balance can be difficult to achieve (in 137 reviews)

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

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  1. Edelman - Great Culture and Opportunities for Growth

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

    I have been working at Edelman

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and culture and the chance to work with some of the smartest people in the industry.

    Cons

    Disadvantage for junior-employees when it comes to salary.


  2. Senior Account Executive

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Edelman (Less than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a good work life balance at Edelman. You really can carve out a career path for yourself depending on your interests.

    Cons

    Some times, I feel a bit underpaid compared to the work i could similarly be executing at a larger company (in-house).


  3. Nice place

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, flexible work schedule (WFH not unusual if you need to do it), decent pay vs. other entry-level positions at NYC firms

    Cons

    Not stellar pay compared to some firms, size of office (800+ people) makes advancement opps very static; no battlefield promotions here


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  5. Unappreciated for work

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Edelman

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities on big name clients; if you push yourself, you'll learn a lot. Some opportunities to travel depending on the account. Great resume builder.

    Cons

    Your account sets your experience and work/life balance. I was unlucky that I ended up on a big name account that was very demanding. This translated to very high levels of work and being extremely underpaid for what I was doing. Managers expected perfection and touted a work/life balance, yet chastised you if you tried to have one. It was extremely negative and the tone was set by the VPs on the account. VPs expected junior staff to do all major work and run on full cylinders all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to be flexible and realize that people need to learn from their mistakes. Not every deadline should have to be rigid if it's internal. Compensate fairly and don't expect 100% perfection in order to be promoted.


  6. Digital Intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing team, bagel Friday, online learning, helpful HR department, huge opportunity of growth within the company

    Cons

    Commute time in Los Angeles is terrible


  7. Room for change

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Global access to communications industry and clients

    Cons

    Too much internal reorganization
    Minimal career growth for administrative roles
    Minimal perks for junior staff

    Advice to Management

    Focus more attention on providing enough local IT support for each office, especially for offices with staff larger than 50 employees. Make more administrative staffing hires to accurately support the number of senior executives requiring assistance in their day-to-day. Establish some sort of staff appreciation or employee of the month program for all levels of staff to improve culture and promote employee retention.


  8. AS

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, hardworking people who thrive under pressure and want to see their collies succeed

    Cons

    Achieving work/life balance can be tricky and requires individuals to manage their time to make sure they don't get overloaded

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that your middle management feels equipped to succeed -- whether that is in terms of salary, benefits, talent development and resource support


  9. Truly Entrepreneurial

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fantastic, smart people. Tremendous room for growth. Enviable client roster.

    Cons

    Typical challenges associated with client service; they pay big bucks and therefor expect miracles. Increasing bureaucracy from corporate...trying to shove our messy and organic work into tidy processes.

    Advice to Management

    If you truly want to "Edelute"--look to fiscal structures first. Client needs will never be the first consideration if groups are competing internally for portions of the pie. Our lack of diversity is troubling. And people are beyond sick of internal marketing campaigns, which have a proven track record of starting with a bang and ending with a whimper.


  10. My experience as an Edelman intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Learn from bright, driven individuals
    Great team environment
    Hands-on, dive deep into client accounts
    Strong leadership
    Looks good on your resume

    Cons

    Seems to be a little uptight compared to other PR firms - a lot more corporate. Could be a more fun culture

    Advice to Management

    Talk to strong interns early on about possible employment so you don't lose them to other companies


  11. PR Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Great people to work with, amazing connections, top-notch clients. Managers are there to support you in your growth and will be with you every step of the way.

    Cons

    There are some slow days and sometimes managers are not clear in what they want. You'll have to figure things out on your own and may have to redo projects.

    Advice to Management

    More team building practices.



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