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Edelman Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
985 Reviews
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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.  

    All depends on your team and your manager.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The teams that aren't dysfunctional, are close, everyone has each other's backs. If you have the support of your manager, you can have the opportunity to win new biz, build your network, become an expert in the company. Fun parties. Resources. The "old-timers" are really great to work with, actually. Cool clients, especially in the consumer space. Smart people with great connections. Travel opportunities. Had the opportunity to relocate overseas. Working across the globe.

    Cons

    Worked in the DC office and can say that experience at Edelman varies WIDELY depending on your team and your manager. It's almost a Jekyll and Hyde kind of workplace. Some teams are known for breeding a hostile environment in which bad behavior get rewarded or is simply ignored. Just look at the slew of high-level departures recently. Be prepared to be bullied. Work/life balance is shrouded with an unspoken (or even sometimes spoken) expectation that even if you're meeting billing targets, it's not enough. If you don't push back on your manager, you'll go far. Don't value employees that did not start out in agency. Power-hungry. Complaints to HR not taken seriously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take employee complaints seriously. Standardize pay schedule. No matter how good an employee is with a client, consider behavior internally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great colleagues, very disappointing seniors - too selfish, blinded by success, can´t take criticism.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    international company, many career opportunities

    Cons

    very bureaucratic, not open minded, old-fashioned

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    I worked in Edelman Shanghai as Talent Acquisition Manager, it has great leadership and culture

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    Former Employee - Talent Acquisition Manager in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Talent Acquisition Manager in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Edelman full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good career development, respect employees effort and hard work, encourage them to be creative and be the industry leader

    Cons

    more budget for recruitment would have been nice, I had to do direct sourcing for candidates and they always demand for the best in the market!

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  5.  

    overall good experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    lots of intelligent people
    nice office location & building
    great benefits (health, vision, etc.)
    good amount of holidays/PTO offered
    room for growth and flexibility to transition internally to other offices/depts

    Cons

    poor work/life balance - you need to be able to put your foot down with colleagues and management and ask for time off, flexibility to work from home, etc.
    open office environment - everyone sits in a cubicle right on top of each other
    high turnover - lots of restructuring - constant change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take the time to pat your employees on the back some more. let them know they are valued and are an important part of the team especially during times of restructuring.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tough, Burnout Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Big name accounts
    Fast-paced nature
    Tons of responsibility (though little incentive)

    Cons

    Bad senior management who is only held accountable on P&L performance - not quality of management or performance of current accounts
    Absolutely no type of formal staffing model
    Work is never evenly distributed
    No work/life balance
    Negative reputation among clients as "salesy"
    Low pay, little incentive for long hours employees put in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at real consulting or law firms and tweak your business model. Also consider holding your senior management accountable for the way they manage their teams. The "high turnover" rate is perhaps what hurts our reputation most, yet nothing is done to improve management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Best experience I've ever had working for an agency!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working here is great because managers really make you feel appreciated. "Thank you" and "Great Job" is expressed often and the sense of teamwork is always present. Managers help you plan your goals and (even better) help you achieve those goals by putting you on the right clients and getting you the experience you need to grow. There are tons of learning opportunities within Edelman including trainings, workshops and seminars. People who work here are really some of the smartest people I've ever met and they are very invested in pulling you up with them. This is an ethical company that I can really say I am proud to be a part of. They treat their employees with respect and are always looking out for employee's best interest.

    Cons

    The only con I have with working here is I had to make a lateral move to get my foot in the door and I really think they should pay their entry level staff a little bit more. But I see myself growing here and hope that promotions will make up for the entry level salary I am currently receiving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your AEs and AAEs more money. It will make them stay much longer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A family company with inclusive values

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Employees treated fairly
    Good HR department
    Communication with owner/CEO

    Cons

    Cramped office space
    Too many managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actively encourage diversity in recruitment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    "Home of the most creative minds in the PR Industry"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Edelman as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Internally, Edelman provides all the necessary resources for successful client-facing results.

    Cons

    Senior management can lack with open communication between interns and position opportunities.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Typical Agency Life

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Internship in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Internship in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Edelman as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Feels like you're working with friends, time passes really quickly.
    Good opportunity to work on big brands.

    Cons

    Little compensation for long hours.
    To get my work done, I arrived in the office at 8am every morning and only left after 9pm.
    Interns are exploited, feels like it's cheap labour, as all they do is media monitoring for months on end, run errands like buying coffee.
    Office politics were apparent.
    HR doesn't get to work with the interns, yet the director is tasked with grading them based on what they see, or what they hear.
    CEs are very overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less lip service

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Sr. Financial Analyst

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great place to work for.

    Cons

    Not always a happy place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to all employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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