Edelman Reviews

Updated July 23, 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. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at Edelman full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Lots of very smart people, great ideas, very professional

    Cons

    Can feel very corporate and sterile at times for PR firm...


  2. Senior Vice President

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    -Opportunities for growth -Incredible clients -Smart, hard working colleagues -Vision backed by CEO's investment and puts his money where his mouth is.

    Cons

    It's a demanding place to work and if you're not careful, your work/life balance will get away from you. Set parameters and stick by them. Everyone has families and this is a family firm...

    Advice to Management

    Increase junior salaries. Brutal to lose a great talent to another firm who is just a little bit higher in salary. Be willing to pay a bit more for someone you want.


  3. Consumer Marketing Intern

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    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

    Really good work environment and company culture. Very nice colleagues and supervisor.

    Cons

    It seems that the refresh rate of employees is a bit high.


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  5. Edelman Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Great flexibility, fun environment, as many opportunities as you would like to pursue

    Cons

    Disagreement among senior leadership, lack of junior staff, lack of consistency, low pay


  6. Internship

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    Incredible Culture Real-world work Interns are valued as true team members True ability to grow

    Cons

    Long hours Low starting salary You must pay your dues, but that is expected in a large agency.

    Advice to Management

    I think that the HR department has room for improvement.


  7. Ineffective leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman

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

    Pros

    Poor structuring and planning of teams allowed for great work/life balance because the work load was thin.

    Cons

    SF GM is annoyingly insensitive and slow to understand. Lack of strong leadership contributes to bad morale. Homogenous environment.


  8. Not bad

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work, good pay, decent management, good training opps. Good offices. High visibility.

    Cons

    Work- life balance. Pleasing management. Not enough hours in the day.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your pulse on the situation. Listen to staff from different business units.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Edelman

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President

    I worked at Edelman

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

    Pros

    Privately Held; Global Network; Respected Brand; Clients

    Cons

    Edelman manages its external image smartly through its media connections and PR know how. Unfortunaetly it doesn't apply the same energy and creativity to cultivating its staff and workplace. At one time it was an organization where you'd fine real stability and consistency in the ranks but turnover and politics have become negative forces and the culture has suffered. The agency structure has a large base of junior staff managed by a lean management layer so personal attention and career development is sporadic. In contrast to the large public networks that have access to strong creative, media, consulting, digital resources, Edelman lacks depth in these areas particularly creative. Also not strong in original content creation versus distribution. Also a dismal record when it comes to a committment to older workers and diversity in the management ranks. In an industry that champions "30 under 30"and "40 under 40" Edelman quietly sheds its graying workforce losing valuable experience and leadership in the process.


  10. Edelman - Great Culture and Opportunities for Growth

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    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Mediocre to Disappointing Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Edelman full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There's nothing that compete with the Edelman global network (which is both a pro and con), are some very smart people there, respected brand name in the industry, great roster of name-brand clients, great addition to a resume

    Cons

    Stuffy culture, quality of work, employees and teams are hit or miss (there are some offices I would refuse to work with if I was a client), focused almost exclusively on revenue, highly political and can be very difficult to navigate the giant network, high turnover. Easy to get lost in the shuffle especially if you don't want to play the political game. Work quality/effort doesn't necessarily get rewarded. Mediocre benefits. You're rewarded for following the rules but its a bit of a sorority/secret to even start figuring them out. Little to no clarity on career path/progression

    Advice to Management

    Encourage staff to bring more personality to their work and the office. There is more than one way to do things. Not an enjoyable culture or work experience. Be more transparent with decision making and promotion processes - is lots of confusion among staff (junior and mid-levels) around how promotions are rewarded. Difficult to manage and counsel someone who deserves a promotion when you don't know exactly how those decisions are made. Recognize the leaders with the most potential and reward/promote them appropriately. Train junior staff better in basic/foundational skills. Consistently emphasize (and reward) high quality work and clarify career opportunities to retain top talent. Appreciate and reward top-performing junior staff. Most are incredibly overworked/underpaid



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