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Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
1,013 Reviews
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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.  

    Good learning ground for young or professionals. Gets bogged down in politics at higher levels.

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Big company, smart people, resources. International, and that gives people the opportunity to travel, work abroad and try different options.

    Cons

    Politics & siloed operations really hinder teamwork and client service. Offering is pretty dated by now. Would benefit from fresh senior leadership in key roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink the client service experience: client first. Broaden offerings in digital marketing.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Entrepreneurial organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Opportunity to chart your own career path, work with smart people, good company culture.

    Cons

    Disparities from team to team and office to office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Best Place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman

    Pros

    Wonderful experience, Great culture, and work life balance. I miss working here.

    Cons

    I can't think of one.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Edelman DC: Great place to work and grow

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Great team culture, variety of disciplines, great agency to learn and grow

    Cons

    Lack of office space for transitioning hires

  6.  

    An amazing growth experience

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    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, ethical management, care about doing the right thing.

    Cons

    Compensation a little low, fast paced (like any PR agency), may be letting things slip a little as they get bigger.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to your guns and follow Dan's vision!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall a great company; local office incredibly challenging and facing a difficult future

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mid-Level in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Mid-Level in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    -Constant challenges, diversity of experiences, access to top talent across the globe, lots of interesting IP comes out
    -Many leaders outside the local office are fantastic and have become trusted mentors

    Cons

    -Local management has created a fear-based culture
    -Constant turnover
    -Lots of drama and rumors, gossip
    -Management attempts to be transparent, but it is completely inauthentic
    -The best leaders leave; ditto for staff members (generally)
    -Local leadership tends to be filled out by staff who, frankly, are socially awkward, work with their doors shut nearly all of the time and treat work as if the office is life and death (people absolutely lose their passion here and the majority have one foot out the door)
    -Training became a joke
    -Technology is old and IT support is poor (the local IT guy was great, but we rarely had access to him)
    -Work-life balance absolutely does not exist in this office
    -Company as a whole can move as slow as molasses
    -Can be incredibly arrogant and judgy of other agencies/companies/clients
    -Salary is not competitive
    -Someone in tears nearly every week (if not more)
    -Not a level playing field - feels like "friends" are promoted and granted ridiculous awards
    -Lack of professionalism from local management - inappropriate remarks made in front of office was not unusual (and they wondered why people were so quiet in meetings!)
    -Weekly happy hours are a joke - felt very "forced" and the senior leaders clearly didn't want to participate (ditto for the holiday breakfast they would grudgingly make)
    -Social media efforts of local office are a joke; everything has to be approved and it's obvious. So "corporatized" it's ineffective

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs new local leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Underlying Hatred

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

    I worked at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Great Company to work for and grow in. Interesting and compelling work. Brilliant and creative stuff happening over there. Some great people to work side by side with. Beautiful office in NYC.

    Cons

    Weird, mental and emotional manipulation attempted repeatedly by managers and directors. Some people want you to succeed because that means everyone succeeds, but some people (mainly in leadership) want to crush you. I've never experienced anything like it. Even after I left, I continued to receive snarky, unprofessional, and unprompted emails and correspondence with managers and directors. But at least It made me feel even more confident in my decision to leave Edelman.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require managers to take management classes or management training so they don't behave like evil villains. Especially the ones who have been around for a long time and consistently proven to have outdated and inefficient management techniques and approaches.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    VP

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great pay, learning opportunities, smart managers, great opportunity to learn for those starting their careers.

    Cons

    Bad behavior by senior management is rewarded with promotions if it means the client is happy, very poor work / life balance, silo'd work structure leads to in-fighting over client service, junior employees are exposed to some poor management behaviors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Protect the younger employees, who are excited to be there and learn, from managers who behave badly. You may be creating more bad behavior because they see it's acceptable and encouraged (via promotions).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Dragonfly

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Miller Resub Lot A Colonia, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Miller Resub Lot A Colonia, TX

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

    Pros

    it was good on the job.

    Cons

    it was okay on the job but cons are a lot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not availiabel

  11.  

    My 6 Month Internship in the D.C. Office

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Big clients- Hilton, Walmart, Pepse, Adobe, Dannon, etc.
    Big office- many people to connect with and learn from
    In the heart of D.C.
    Edelman Learning Institute classes- hearing from & meeting experts
    Nice perks like endless coffee and ice cream on Fridays
    Was paid $12.25 an hour + time and a half for over time.

    Cons

    At least 30 interns any given week
    Most of the time you are isolated from the "real" employees.All interns are sectioned off in rooms together.
    Work follows you home.
    Not a steady rhythm- either stressed and pulling your hair out or bored and twiddling you thumbs.
    Getting a full-time position mostly depends on timing, luck of the draw.
    Lots of drinking in the office (maybe that is a pro to you though).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more feedback. Meet with interns regularly. Give the intern a written review at the end of their internship.

    Recommends

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