Edelman Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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Edelman President and CEO Richard W. Edelman
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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. Overall Great Experience

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    Former Intern - Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Intern in Houston, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Edelman is a great company to work for. As an intern, I learned a lot and gained a ton of experience. Interns in smaller offices are able to really get their hands wet with multiple accounts and a large variety of projects. The company places a large emphasis on learning, which is very valuable for interns. I was able to continue developing my skills, while expanding my professional network and making long-lasting connections.

    Cons

    As often seen at large agencies, interns, even if they are well-received, often face the harsh reality of working very hard in hopes of a full-time position but ultimately having to move on as the office has no current need for a new AAE.

  2. Love the people I work with -- they're fun and creative.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to wear different hats and get exposed to a variety of industries and companies.

    Cons

    There's always a lot of work to do and often on tight deadlines in high-stress situations.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to focus more on less clients.

  3. Intern

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    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

    growth potential, employees really want to engage you, responsibility given to interns

    Cons

    i have no cons of working here, this has been a great experience thus far.

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  5. Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Fun and inspiring environment
    Great company culture and values
    Great place to continue growing as an individual and professional within PR
    A lot of resources and insights
    Offers a huge network
    Roster of clients is impressive
    Creative thinking is key
    They welcome all and any ideas during a brainstorm
    Fun and smart people to call colleagues
    Job security

    Cons

    Entry level positions are paid extremely low
    no work/life balance
    Politics plays a big part in certain offices
    Merit does not go a log way
    Talking to HR about issues with supervisors does absolutely nothing
    They do not care to promote or raise pay significantly until you have a new offer on the table

    Advice to Management

    Take care of junior teams. They are the front line executing ideas and working the long hours too.

  6. Digital Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

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

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience
    Good compensation
    Fair hours

    Cons

    Over-worked at times
    Competitive
    stressful at times

  7. Fast-paced environment with room for growth

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX

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

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

    Pros

    A network full of incredibly smart and helpful people, career advancement opportunities, flexibility, collaborative environment with emphasis on creativity, internal training/face-time with higher level network leaders, volunteerism and global opportunities, great health insurance/benefits

    Cons

    Can be time-consuming (not just 9 to 5) and demanding, but leadership tries to offer incentives and resources to help balance out busy periods. Salary compensation continues to be below industry standard for junior staff, leaving junior staff to often feel undervalued.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries for junior staff and take the salary concerns seriously to dissuade turnover. Help balance employees workloads and don't stretch staff too thin. Continue to provide helpful incentives (like parking compensation) and continue to push for creativity in the workplace.

  8. Edelman Intern

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Edelman as an intern

    Pros

    good place to learn how the company works.

    Cons

    team allocation can improve more.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Good company, good experience and big clients. Perfect start for anyone wanting to get big agency experience.

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at Edelman part-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Big agency experience, good clients

    Cons

    Very political and seems that only men are in the super senior positions (there a FEW key women - but it's mostly men).

  10. Helpful (1)

    Good if you're in PR, overwhelming for back of the house/Finance employees

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Edelman

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

    Pros

    Generous vacation days, fun events

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay, no support from management, no clear policies, limited career growth

  11. Great Exposure, Comes With Great Stress

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

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

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

    Pros

    - Access to amazing opportunities, allowing you to work with established brands and organizations
    - Plethora of resources and areas of the company designed to help you build and shape a unique set of skills based on your personal passions

    Cons

    - Corporate processes can be very stifling (i.e. only able to be promoted once a year and a maximum number of people can be promoted. So promotions become more focused on Edelman protocol than individual's actual merit)

    - Work/life balance is poor. While company tries to encourage a life beyond Edelman, nuclear teams are very judgmental and dissuading about working an actual 9-5. 10 hour days are norm. Also, 'always on' is expected and high stress is pervasive in day-to-day office energy.

    Advice to Management

    - Promotions: Provide more frequent rounds of promotions (vs. once a year)
    - Work/Life Ratio: Set clearer expectations with clients so that your Edelman employees are not punished for investing in a personal, non-work life during non-work hours.

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