Edelman Reviews

Updated July 5, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Interesting work, poorly managed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work with strong talent and good clients

    Cons

    Poor management, increasing focus on margins, little talent development, poor HR recruiting


  2. Possibly the smartest agency

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Constantly exposed to some really smart people

    Cons

    Pressure to always grow and upsell clients


  3. Helpful (1)

    Writer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun business sector and interesting

    Cons

    Really rude and arrogant people


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  5. Director

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Edelman

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance programs are available

    Cons

    Lack of diversity at the senior levels of the organization.


  6. Helpful (6)

    Bound to burn out

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

    I worked at Edelman

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

    Pros

    Most Junior and Mid-level staff are very friendly and easy to work with. The culture is relatively fun. Learned a lot on the job due to some great Mid-level managers who were willing to take the time to help teach/foster new skills.

    Cons

    Expecting a positive work/life balance is completely frowned upon and will impact your opportunity for new work. Senior management is rude, unfriendly, backstabbing and incompetent for the most part. Raises are given based on tenure, even if the worker is incompetent. Raises for Junior staff are miniscule and almost an insult. Little room to move up unless you sell your life to the company.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on what you're doing to Junior and Mid-Level staff. They're burnt out and unappreciated. There should be more opportunity for upward movement based on performance.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Stay away

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

    I worked at Edelman

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

    Pros

    Five words are required here

    Cons

    Gross people willing to fabricate false claims to propel their sorry paths. Collaboration? non-existent. Be prepared to work 80 hours a week on garbage. Boost gross and embattled brands. Justify every .25 you bill to 5-10 fresh-out-of-sorority account girls. Looking for a PM? They've dissolved that practice years ago. It's back, but no one respects them.

    Advice to Management

    Stick around, you'll get no respect anywhere else.


  8. Account Executive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Fun and inspiring environment
    Great company culture and values
    Great place to continue growing as an individual and professional within PR
    A lot of resources and insights
    Offers a huge network
    Roster of clients is impressive
    Creative thinking is key
    They welcome all and any ideas during a brainstorm
    Fun and smart people to call colleagues
    Job security

    Cons

    Entry level positions are paid extremely low
    no work/life balance
    Politics plays a big part in certain offices
    Merit does not go a log way
    Talking to HR about issues with supervisors does absolutely nothing
    They do not care to promote or raise pay significantly until you have a new offer on the table

    Advice to Management

    Take care of junior teams. They are the front line executing ideas and working the long hours too.


  9. Love the people I work with -- they're fun and creative.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to wear different hats and get exposed to a variety of industries and companies.

    Cons

    There's always a lot of work to do and often on tight deadlines in high-stress situations.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to focus more on less clients.


  10. Intern

    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman

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

    Pros

    growth potential, employees really want to engage you, responsibility given to interns

    Cons

    i have no cons of working here, this has been a great experience thus far.


  11. Fast-paced environment with room for growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Austin, TX

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

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

    Pros

    A network full of incredibly smart and helpful people, career advancement opportunities, flexibility, collaborative environment with emphasis on creativity, internal training/face-time with higher level network leaders, volunteerism and global opportunities, great health insurance/benefits

    Cons

    Can be time-consuming (not just 9 to 5) and demanding, but leadership tries to offer incentives and resources to help balance out busy periods. Salary compensation continues to be below industry standard for junior staff, leaving junior staff to often feel undervalued.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries for junior staff and take the salary concerns seriously to dissuade turnover. Help balance employees workloads and don't stretch staff too thin. Continue to provide helpful incentives (like parking compensation) and continue to push for creativity in the workplace.



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