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Pros
  • Lots of resources available to employees and good work-life balance culture (in 65 reviews)

  • Many smart people to work with on a diverse portfolio of projects (in 62 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely high work pressure means that work life balance is adversely impacted (in 137 reviews)

  • Long hours; org structure difficult to understand/navigate (in 94 reviews)

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    Edelman review

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Great clients, respected company, opportunities for growth, smart leadership

    Cons

    heavy workload, sometimes long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue helping employees with work life balance

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    High expectations and demands without giving mentoring & professional development back

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Edelman

    Pros

    Benefits are fair. Company well known in the field. Managers are totally available via phone, email, IM, BBM, etc. (not sure this is a pro).

    Cons

    Management focused on bringing in new business & protecting their practice's bottom line. Leads to not sharing knowledge & resources with other practices in the same office; and keeping team members fully&over utiliized even if it means over-servicing (anything to keep the client happy in a recession).

    Also, many times teams are top heavy with SVPs and there aren't enough junior staffers to do the bulk of the work. So junior staffers end up doing a lot of work well below their level. There is a serious lack of opportunities for jr. level staff to take the lead or serve as point person on projects or accounts. And the lack of interns (except for the most profitable practices) means a lack of ways for jr. staff to develop supervisory skills. Plus, with not enough hours in the day, there isn't really time for the senior staff to mentor.

    Very political environment where the deemed "up and comers" are favored heavily for advancement. (You hear the same names again and again.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to junior level staffers riding out the recession:
    Be your own advocate. If possible, be on a winning new business team (sure way to earn brownie points). Keep your resume updated & and your confidence up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Edelman Rocks

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    - Competitive benefits/salary compensation
     - Fun atmostphere, great office perks
     - Smart and business-savvy PR professionals
     - Opportunity for professional career growth

    Cons

    - Siloed among practice areas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unqualified leadership and bullying culture make Edelman a challenging place to work and make progress

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    Current Employee - EVP in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - EVP in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    junior people are very enthused and initially passionate, clients are varied, multinational name brands, client opportunities are varied and interesting

    Cons

    boys club, glass ceiling, management's fear of change, internal competition between groups is seen as entrepreneurial but its simply competition; clients and employees suffer for it. very senior leaders are allowed to yell and threaten employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find someone with an operations background to lead as COO. Break down P&Ls and instead focus on client profitability and employee utilization. Zero tolerance policy for verbal abuse. Corporate wide title and role consistency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good things continue to happen - it's a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Growth opportunities; leadership; rewards; network; team; clients

    Cons

    Lifestyle; politics/egos; demanding; high expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great work trying to make changes, keep getting feedback and putting it into action

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Name, Poor Mid and Lower Level Management

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

    I worked at Edelman

    Pros

    Looks great on resume. Provides amazing exposure to high profile clients (depending on assignment). If you play your cards right and are willing to put yourself out there, you can have access to some of the great thinkers in the PR industry today.

    Cons

    Edelman is definately a powerhouse PR firm, but the things that make it so great don't always permeate down to the mid and lower level management, making it hard to really learn and grow within the internship. Your experience is solely dependent on which account you are placed on and under which management. Embarrassing and uncomfortable lack of diversity, both in background and demographics. Very little feedback. NY office is not for the weak-minded--you have to be aggressive or you will be left out to dry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide much better structure for feedback at all levels. Make an effort to invest in your employees and make sure that the mid and lower level managers are carrying the same values as you.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    OKay Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Edelman

    Pros

    - Great senior leaders to learn from
    - Ample classes
    - Great clients to work on
    - Mentor program
    - location

    Cons

    - Senior leaders were rarely around, and interns couldn't learn more than one "side" of PR. Focused mainly on account management and my interest was with media.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To interact more with junior staffers and help them grow within the company. Morale was somewhat down and not good.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    "fly by the seat of your pants" managemant style

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY

    I worked at Edelman

    Pros

    experience good for your resume - but move on quickly

    Cons

    No communication or direction regarding client project needs and time commitments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better compensation is a must to retain talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great agency that can do better integrating its resources

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Great place to work and develop your PR skills. Invests behind its Thought Leadership, both dollars and mindshare, helping employees think beyond the traditional PR definition. Truly is what you make it - if there is something you want to do and can make the business case for it, doors are pretty wide open. Smart people, great clients, amazing work.

    Cons

    Geographic, practice and specialty group silos can make putting together the best team and best resources for clients challenging. That is getting better, though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep backing up your hype. If you say you're doing something, do it. If you put out intellectual property, make sure its known and understood so everyone in the firm can use it and bring it to their jobs.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderful Firm!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    The people, the leadership team and human resources leadership in D.C., the fact that most of the leaders care about employees, listen to employees and make it a pleasure to come to work every day. There's also a good client service focus, as there should be. Quality work is done and demanded. People are held accountable for behaviors for the most part.

    Cons

    Some of the leaders outside of the DC office are not always honest and collaborative. There is far too much politics and back-stabbing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live the firm's values and treat people with respect, be honest about performance and growth opportunities. Pay attention to senior leaders in the DC office and broaden their responsibilities. They have a lot more to offer the firm. Stay privately owned. Payclose attention to talent you don't want to lose. The warning signs are there but you must pay attention and let them know they are important to the future of the firm.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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