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Updated August 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)

    Mediocre to Disappointing Experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There's nothing that compete with the Edelman global network (which is both a pro and con), are some very smart people there, respected brand name in the industry, great roster of name-brand clients, great addition to a resume

    Cons

    Stuffy culture, quality of work, employees and teams are hit or miss (there are some offices I would refuse to work with if I was a client), focused almost exclusively on revenue, highly political and can be very difficult to navigate the giant network, high turnover. Easy to get lost in the shuffle especially if you don't want to play the political game. Work quality/effort doesn't necessarily get rewarded. Mediocre benefits. You're rewarded for following the rules but its a bit of a sorority/secret to even start figuring them out. Little to no clarity on career path/progression

    Advice to Management

    Encourage staff to bring more personality to their work and the office. There is more than one way to do things. Not an enjoyable culture or work experience. Be more transparent with decision making and promotion processes - is lots of confusion among staff (junior and mid-levels) around how promotions are rewarded. Difficult to manage and counsel someone who deserves a promotion when you don't know exactly how those decisions are made. Recognize the leaders with the most potential and reward/promote them appropriately. Train junior staff better in basic/foundational skills. Consistently emphasize (and reward) high quality work and clarify career opportunities to retain top talent. Appreciate and reward top-performing junior staff. Most are incredibly overworked/underpaid


  2. Edelman - Great Culture and Opportunities for Growth

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and culture and the chance to work with some of the smartest people in the industry.

    Cons

    Disadvantage for junior-employees when it comes to salary.


  3. Helpful (2)

    VP, New York

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well respected brand name in the industry

    Cons

    Too political, not the creative agency they sell to public, long hours expected, pay increases not equally distributed, inappropriate behavior is rewarded

    Advice to Management

    Time to eliminate the people that have been there too long. They no longer add value to what is happening in the industry and lack the skills that will motivate others


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  5. Senior Account Executive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is a good work life balance at Edelman. You really can carve out a career path for yourself depending on your interests.

    Cons

    Some times, I feel a bit underpaid compared to the work i could similarly be executing at a larger company (in-house).


  6. Sipping that Kool Aid

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being private, the company can invest in staff, strategy and next-level work. It really shows when the company comes up with new, dynamic ideas.

    Cons

    Often times there is tunnel vision. Edelman NY has tripled in size in the past 5 years, and they don't often look at themselves from the outside in. If they did, they'd see that the company is so much bigger than it used to be and its hard to be accountable to individuals. They lost some of their "entrepreneurial spirit"

    Advice to Management

    Don't let the company's size make you lose sight of what makes the business run. The people.


  7. Good Learning Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, passionate, hardworking people Reputable name in PR/marketing

    Cons

    Still rooted in old-school PR where account teams lead

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring surprising people and also go after ad agencies. It's time to stop staying in our lanes if we really want to stand out.


  8. Assistant Account Executive

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Hands down some of the best clients in the industry - so you'll get an advantage of building out your resume. People are willing to share advice and sit down with you, if you ask for it.

    Cons

    Salary much below the market. You have to manage your career from the very first day you become full-time, otherwise you will be left behind and looked over for promotions - which acts as a nod for you to seek employment elsewhere. Highly political, more career management than work. It gets exhausting quickly.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of turnover on both a junior and a senior level should speak volumes about the direction of the company. Look deep and hard into what is happening in the internal culture and where Edelman wants to position itself. Pay junior staffers more if you want to retain talent...but then again, it's another great indication of how fast people are leaving.


  9. Nice place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, flexible work schedule (WFH not unusual if you need to do it), decent pay vs. other entry-level positions at NYC firms

    Cons

    Not stellar pay compared to some firms, size of office (800+ people) makes advancement opps very static; no battlefield promotions here


  10. Unappreciated for work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities on big name clients; if you push yourself, you'll learn a lot. Some opportunities to travel depending on the account. Great resume builder.

    Cons

    Your account sets your experience and work/life balance. I was unlucky that I ended up on a big name account that was very demanding. This translated to very high levels of work and being extremely underpaid for what I was doing. Managers expected perfection and touted a work/life balance, yet chastised you if you tried to have one. It was extremely negative and the tone was set by the VPs on the account. VPs expected junior staff to do all major work and run on full cylinders all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to be flexible and realize that people need to learn from their mistakes. Not every deadline should have to be rigid if it's internal. Compensate fairly and don't expect 100% perfection in order to be promoted.


  11. Digital Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing team, bagel Friday, online learning, helpful HR department, huge opportunity of growth within the company

    Cons

    Commute time in Los Angeles is terrible



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