Edelman Reviews

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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Happy there but overworked. Need to hire more people.

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    Current Employee - Creative Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great clients, smart honest company

    Cons

    Too little staff, spread too thin

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    good experience for a first job out of college

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    good benefits, work with major clients

    Cons

    Can get very repetitive boring

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Rocky Road.

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    The local account teams are top notch. Access to the larger Edelman team and working with colleagues from other offices lets us grow professionally and serve our clients well, despite local management issues.

    Cons

    In less than a year, this office went from one of the best places I've ever worked, to the absolute worst. Local management is a joke, making decisions based on personal vendettas more than business strategy and destroying culture and employee motivation. Half of us have one foot out the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give back to your employees and learn from your mistakes. Consider a new career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Just walk the walk, don't talk the talk.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Edelman full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Access to global brands
    Great company recognition on your resume for future opportunities
    Great way to jump into the deep and and learn at a large PR powerhouse

    Cons

    Ego runs the show here way too much
    Always company-line excuses for job advancement/raises
    Constant exposure to corporate puffing of chests
    If you're the best at something, you don't have to talk about it non-stop
    Favoritism is rampant (coming from somebody who benefited from it)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run the place less like a sweatshop. Provide financial incentives to junior staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    High Turnover Makes It Hard To Keep Friends/Associates

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Get to work with great accounts and big budgets

    Cons

    Poor leadership at the local level. Richard is a rockstar but the branch management sucks. People keep leaving...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not my area of expertise... maybe take a look at where you came from and what made you so successful? Seems to have grown so large that they don't care anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern program can be lacking

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    Former Employee - Bioscience Communications Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Bioscience Communications Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Room to move up in the company, successful company, nice offices, company cares about its employees - wellness efforts

    Cons

    Fairly low pay, entry level includes lots of administrative work

    Recommends
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    a great place to work. amazing culture

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    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    good work culture - attracts top-tier colleagues

    Cons

    rumors exist that the salaries at Edelman are slightly less generous than at comparable firms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    embrace the promise of the GWEN program - make it truly, practically impactful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Experience

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    Former Employee - Edelman Digital Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Edelman Digital Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to learn all the relevant digital tools needed for social media monitoring. Edelman very much relies on its interns and because of that you get great work. You will also learn a lot about and do a lot with blogger engagement.

    Cons

    It doesn't pay a lot, however, it's sometimes hard to find paid internships at all in PR. Also, depending on the team you're on some interns put in a fair amount of overtime.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work with great people!

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Edelman as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere with fun people all of whom are great at their jobs.

    Cons

    This was a really good experience, no cons on this side

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Local management revolving door

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Great clients (for now) and a lot of talented people at the staff level.

    Cons

    Great clients and great staff are overshadowed by a revolving door of incompetent local management. Just when you think the standards have hit bottom, a new low is reached. This is as of August, 2012. Maybe things will get better?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If Edelman senior leaders care about the Portland office, please do some house cleaning!

    Doesn't Recommend

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