Edelman Reviews

Updated August 22, 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. Good job prospects, but potentially very frustrating

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some delightful, intelligent people working there and the work is exciting and engaging.

    Cons

    A lot of structural problems. A handful of executives devote themselves fully to their positions; the rest are incompetent and lazy.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out which people at the management level are actually supporting their company and reward them. Fire the people who are simply treading water. (Your rank-and-file staff will be more than happy to tell you who falls into which category.)


  2. Jr. Analyst

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    Current Employee - Junior Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Junior Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    great people, great office view

    Cons

    junior staff don't get recognized for their work and compensation is low

    Advice to Management

    recognize work of junior staff


  3. Vice President

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Edelman offers good benefits and professional development

    Cons

    Edelman can at times be an impersonal place to work


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  5. Review

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman as an intern

    Pros

    Great experience; important work and clients

    Cons

    Some employees carry double the workload of others


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great experience, so-so management

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing clients, exposure to different types of work, ability to try new things and explore career opportunities. Great for junior staff who are unsure of what they want to do.

    Cons

    Mediocre management. Extremely high turnover. Most colleagues 'don't have time for you' or are too opportunistic to care - a trade-off of the agency world. There are some really great people who leave to go elsewhere because they aren't valued.

    Advice to Management

    Value hardworking team members.


  7. Strong Learning Experience

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Edelman as an intern

    Pros

    Lots of exposure to interesting projects.

    Cons

    People are often too busy to take time to mentor interns.


  8. Helpful (1)

    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. Edelman Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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


  10. Sipping that Kool Aid

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being private, the company can invest in staff, strategy and next-level work. It really shows when the company comes up with new, dynamic ideas.

    Cons

    Often times there is tunnel vision. Edelman NY has tripled in size in the past 5 years, and they don't often look at themselves from the outside in. If they did, they'd see that the company is so much bigger than it used to be and its hard to be accountable to individuals. They lost some of their "entrepreneurial spirit"

    Advice to Management

    Don't let the company's size make you lose sight of what makes the business run. The people.


  11. Good Learning Experience

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    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, passionate, hardworking people Reputable name in PR/marketing

    Cons

    Still rooted in old-school PR where account teams lead

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring surprising people and also go after ad agencies. It's time to stop staying in our lanes if we really want to stand out.



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