Edelman Reviews

Updated May 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Overall a great company; local office incredibly challenging and facing a difficult future

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    Former Employee - Mid-Level in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Mid-Level in Portland, OR

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Constant challenges, diversity of experiences, access to top talent across the globe, lots of interesting IP comes out
    -Many leaders outside the local office are fantastic and have become trusted mentors

    Cons

    -Local management has created a fear-based culture
    -Constant turnover
    -Lots of drama and rumors, gossip
    -Management attempts to be transparent, but it is completely inauthentic
    -The best leaders leave; ditto for staff members (generally)
    -Local leadership tends to be filled out by staff who, frankly, are socially awkward, work with their doors shut nearly all of the time and treat work as if the office is life and death (people absolutely lose their passion here and the majority have one foot out the door)
    -Training became a joke
    -Technology is old and IT support is poor (the local IT guy was great, but we rarely had access to him)
    -Work-life balance absolutely does not exist in this office
    -Company as a whole can move as slow as molasses
    -Can be incredibly arrogant and judgy of other agencies/companies/clients
    -Salary is not competitive
    -Someone in tears nearly every week (if not more)
    -Not a level playing field - feels like "friends" are promoted and granted ridiculous awards
    -Lack of professionalism from local management - inappropriate remarks made in front of office was not unusual (and they wondered why people were so quiet in meetings!)
    -Weekly happy hours are a joke - felt very "forced" and the senior leaders clearly didn't want to participate (ditto for the holiday breakfast they would grudgingly make)
    -Social media efforts of local office are a joke; everything has to be approved and it's obvious. So "corporatized" it's ineffective

    Advice to Management

    Needs new local leadership

  2. Helpful (1)

    Good learning ground for young or professionals. Gets bogged down in politics at higher levels.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big company, smart people, resources. International, and that gives people the opportunity to travel, work abroad and try different options.

    Cons

    Politics & siloed operations really hinder teamwork and client service. Offering is pretty dated by now. Would benefit from fresh senior leadership in key roles.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink the client service experience: client first. Broaden offerings in digital marketing.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Edelman DC: Great place to work and grow

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Great team culture, variety of disciplines, great agency to learn and grow

    Cons

    Lack of office space for transitioning hires

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  5. Entrepreneurial organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Edelman

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to chart your own career path, work with smart people, good company culture.

    Cons

    Disparities from team to team and office to office.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Underlying Hatred

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Quality in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Quality in New York, NY

    I worked at Edelman full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company to work for and grow in. Interesting and compelling work. Brilliant and creative stuff happening over there. Some great people to work side by side with. Beautiful office in NYC.

    Cons

    Weird, mental and emotional manipulation attempted repeatedly by managers and directors. Some people want you to succeed because that means everyone succeeds, but some people (mainly in leadership) want to crush you. I've never experienced anything like it. Even after I left, I continued to receive snarky, unprofessional, and unprompted emails and correspondence with managers and directors. But at least It made me feel even more confident in my decision to leave Edelman.

    Advice to Management

    Require managers to take management classes or management training so they don't behave like evil villains. Especially the ones who have been around for a long time and consistently proven to have outdated and inefficient management techniques and approaches.

  7. Best Place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful experience, Great culture, and work life balance. I miss working here.

    Cons

    I can't think of one.

  8. An amazing growth experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at Edelman full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, ethical management, care about doing the right thing.

    Cons

    Compensation a little low, fast paced (like any PR agency), may be letting things slip a little as they get bigger.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to your guns and follow Dan's vision!

  9. Helpful (2)

    VP

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, learning opportunities, smart managers, great opportunity to learn for those starting their careers.

    Cons

    Bad behavior by senior management is rewarded with promotions if it means the client is happy, very poor work / life balance, silo'd work structure leads to in-fighting over client service, junior employees are exposed to some poor management behaviors.

    Advice to Management

    Protect the younger employees, who are excited to be there and learn, from managers who behave badly. You may be creating more bad behavior because they see it's acceptable and encouraged (via promotions).

  10. Dragonfly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Miller Resub Lot A Colonia, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Miller Resub Lot A Colonia, TX

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

    Pros

    it was good on the job.

    Cons

    it was okay on the job but cons are a lot

    Advice to Management

    not availiabel

  11. Well-Oiled Machine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Edelman

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Processes are seamless and quick
    - Employees are smart and everyone has their own set of expertise

    Cons

    Overtime is discouraged to a point, even when there is an overflow of work.

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