Edelman Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
875 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.  

    I love my job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Global network, open communication and great culture

    Cons

    limited salary, poor internal communication

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Account Executive

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

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

    Pros

    talented people, good work/life balance, interest in personal growth

    Cons

    compensation is not up to par

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to keep your employees happy and stick around pay competitive market rates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PR Intern  in  San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - PR Intern in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Edelman as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Company values and overall experience- learning from the best

    Cons

    work-life balance for full time employees seemed off, but my experience was great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Richard Edelman taking his eye off the firm too much lately!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, entrepreneurial spirit, great clients.

    Cons

    New US leadership does not seem interested in rewarding hard work and loyalty; they are young and appear to want older talent to leave the organization. It's clear based on recent changes they have made. Richard Edelman is ruining the rich culture the firm once had by allowing rogue leaders to run things in the wrong direction. The organization - in US region -- is not what is used to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Richard Edelman: look at the damage new leaders are doing - from global COO to US CEO and COO. They are not helping the very rich culture you and your family built. Many employees are looking to leave the firm because of the way those leaders are treating employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Churn and burn.

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    Current Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Big name brings in clients or at least short list for clients. Perks

    Cons

    Company size has hurt structure. Teams compete with each other, they do not work together well. Company can always bring in new business which leads to less than total effort to serve existing clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would take a consulting firm to fix.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Best agency

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Fun, collaborative work environment. Really good relationships with top clients.

    Cons

    The pay here is a little too low.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    A great place to learn but little work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive

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

    Pros

    If you are proactive and make yourself visible there are great learning opportunities, it is like a practical college education, you learn by doing and could have the chance to do some very interesting work. Great international network and lots of available resources. Opportunities to work abroad exist.

    Cons

    Work hours are long and no overtime pay, you have to give blood sweat and tears before you start getting payed at an acceptable level and if you are unlucky with management you will be stuck in the same position/salary for ages. Creativity isn't as celebrated as they claim it should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency and inclusion is how your team will feel it's worth the late hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Edelman Digital is not Ready for Prime Time

    Former Employee - Content Strategist  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Content Strategist in New York, NY

    I worked at Edelman as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    None whatsoever. Never saw a place that was this ill-prepared for project management. Ever.

    Cons

    Project "Manager" and subordinates are grasping around trying to figure out how to do basic web or intranet re-design projects; stick to PR, kids, and reserve the deeper waters for digital agencies that know how to do this.
    Not near any trains, so commute sucks.
    Did not meet anyone during my whole 2 hours of employment there that I thought was intelligent, stable, creative or worth hiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire people like the indecisive PM that hired me without ever interviewing me. Don't hire anyone for the Digital side that does not understand how to run these types of projects. Don't hire anyone who thinks that excel spreadsheets are scary and weird-looking. Also, don't put new staff in a supply closet with broken PA systems, spare tables and chairs (NO JOKE, THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED!!!)

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

    Great Healthcare Freelance Experience

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

    I worked at Edelman as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone was very friendly and smart.

    Cons

    For my particular position, there was a lot of solo travel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep fostering junior talent and freelancer opportunities are very fulfilling.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman

    Pros

    Excellent learning opportunity at a well reputed company

    Cons

    Work Life balance not at its best

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