Edelman Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
865 Reviews

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865 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning opportunities, fast-paced environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    The Company of my College Dreams

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Internship experience is great

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Edelman Digital Internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    7 years and counting...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor

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

    Pros

    Mobility across offices, job functions and clients; global network; brilliant people

    Cons

    Work-life balance can get a bit out of whack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stepping stone to greater opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trainee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Trainee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    As an intern, I worked with many different clients. The staff is creative with many diverse backgrounds. There are many great employee benefits, including mixers, happy hours, snacks around the office, and career training. There are a variety of opportunities to apply different skill sets here, so there is always new and interesting work to be done. Excellent experience in traditional and social media communications.

    Cons

    The job is quite demanding and does not lend itself to a great work-life balance. Many folks burn out quickly. Also, the pay initially does not meet the expectations of the job. Lower-level employees must dig their heels in for several years before salary begins to match the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue investing in your hires and do not burn them out!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Creative and aggressive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Edelman full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    biggest in the industry; global

    Cons

    competition among offices; fees are getting high

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Don't believe the hype

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Most of the people you work with are great (emphasis on 'most'). Good benefits, vacation time and a beautiful office. Plenty of social events. Great client list and recognition of the Edelman name.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, family run popularity contest. I'm not sure I understand all the positive reviews after having worked there for 2+ years. Exceptions to various rules are the norm- it's all about who you know, how long you've been there, and how much dirt you have on various sketchy situations that keeps you in control. Junior staff are disposable and they salaries are not competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the people who are actually doing the work, not the figureheads who are practically furniture they've been there for so long.

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

    Little Pay for Great Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great clients to gain reputable experience working with.

    Cons

    They will not pay you for the work you do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Edelman review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President, Consumer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President, Consumer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    - smart people
    - top clients
    - broad expertise
     - leading edge of PR biz

    Cons

    lack of work life balance
    takes a long time for advancement at higher levels
    low salary compared to other agencies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make compensation more competitive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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