Edelman Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
873 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 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.  

    Successful company, seems to only focus praise on the PR employees however.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Good location, good benefits. Ok pay.

    Cons

    They dont give lower level people a chance to work up. Snobby PR girls. Company should focus less on being fancy and get back to their roots, especially in honoring their employees/having their backs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put yourself in "the little people's" shoes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Work-Life Balance is a Farce at Edelman

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

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

    Pros

    The Silicon Valley office has decent snacks, and there truly is an interest in evolving PR as journalism changes. Of the large agencies, Edelman is the most committed to industry research and not just preaching expertise, but truly investigating the best ways to serve clients.

    Cons

    The down side is minimal work-life balance. While the agency continues to invent cute ways to provide "balance" and perks for employees, the truth of the matter is that certain clients and teams will consistently work 10 hr+ days (not including a lunch break), and even longer during major launches. I define balance as working hard, long hours during the upswings, but having a chance to recuperate and duck out early during downswings. Unfortunately, my accounts have never had downswings, and working until 8-630 is business-as-usual, even on Fridays.

    Beyond just client work in excess of my intended allocation, billing under the required eight hours is highly frowned upon - even if you've worked 12+ hours days prior. This was made clear after a colleague was scolded for billing 7 hour day following two weeks of 12-hour days. While you can evade scrutiny by floating hours, the lack of flexibility is laughable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not everyone is equipped to be a PM: many people went into PR thinking they could avoid numbers, and this lack of skill skews allocations and makes workloads heavier than they should be. Invest in financial training and crack down on deltas in allocation - not just when complaints bubble up. Otherwise, you're continuing to foster a "squeaky wheel" culture. Find ways to build career paths where those who do well working with percentages can PM; those who don't excel there, can contribute in other leadership paths.

    In addition, hire Interns that actually have potential to grow within Edelman. Too often, post-grad interns are hired that can do the mundane intern tasks "OK," but have a good attitude; while a positive attitude is welcome, it's not grounds for for a new hire. These conversions breed frustration in the AAE-AE level as junior staffers slowly move along despite a lack of skill. It's unfair to those not equipped to do the job continue to struggle to tread water in junior roles, and those on their team suffer by having to carry too much extra weight. Make smart hiring decisions at all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good agency environment; business is booming in Seattle

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Breadth of clientele to meet your interests; employee benefits; new Seattle office location coming in November 2014; strong growth in Seattle market/office across disciplines and practice areas; salaries tend to be competitive within the agency market; company values and vision

    Cons

    Seattle parking (if you drive to work) can be $11-$13/day; work-life balance can be difficult based on client demands and workload, at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    I have developed so many great skills in the short time I have been working here. The name definitely carries great status and reputation. The people I work with bring so much to the table on a daily basis.

    Cons

    The quality of work should be more recognized. Billing is way too important.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great people to work with/for

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    Current Employee - Associate Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Executive in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    You learn something new every day from co-workers and supervisors.

    Cons

    At times, the supervisors are doing a billion things that they can't really teach/train the people working under them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep motivating peers and increase training on digital.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Simply the Best

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Independence means freedom from the financial pressures put on agencies in holding companies; Richard Edelman's game-changing leadership; you will go to work each day surrounded by the smartest people in the industry, at all levels.

    Cons

    The pace and size will not be for everyone. It is big, fast and extremely smart -- you have to be on your toes at all times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep setting the bar high and pushing the industry forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience and positive culture!

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    Former Employee - PR Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - PR Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The people are helpful and you get to work on great accounts with top companies.

    Cons

    Pay and hours are decent for a PR Firm and there is room to get hired if you do a good job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fantastic to work for

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

    I worked at Edelman full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Learn many skills, provided challenges and career growth opportunities, very social, made wonderful friends

    Cons

    Long hours, great if you are single but a challenge if you are in a relationship or wanting a family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help junior and senior members find a way to achieve true work-life balance (work one day a week from home or build up staff on teams)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fabulous opportunities--with high expectations

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

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Incredible work. Challenging client assignments and the resources to the the best work possible. People are very talented and many make great mentors, especially for mid & senior career. For people who fit the culture, the "entrepreneurial spirit" is real. The firm provides resources necessary to make good ideas happen.

    Cons

    Need to set your own boundaries because the firm will always push for better work. Some of the internal financial structure can make collaboration difficult, but individual relationships always trump the official policies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It's been a while

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Interested in new ideas and technologies, gives room for growth

    Cons

    demanding hours, lots of hand-holding of clients

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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