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Edelman Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
974 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of resources available to employees and good work-life balance culture (in 64 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 135 reviews)

  • Junior staff are expected to work long hours, with minimal financial compensation (in 96 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Professional fulfilling and extremely educational

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance encouraged, amazing employees, encouraging culture, great overall company

    Cons

    The on-boarding process could be improved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose sight of the entire employee scope -- from intern to VP, we all contribute massively.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Edelman provides an exciting dynamic environment where ideas are valued, and there are opportunities to work in different offices and in different areas of the business.

    Cons

    Lacking in company SOPs, would be great to share knowledge more frequently with internal teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mandate that everyone use the server.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A strong and integrated network of individuals who are all smart, hard-working and willing to put in the extra effort.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of support and resources to build your career, clear career pathing, wonderful support for women in the workplace, great people, clear vision for the company

    Cons

    Not all teams are located in one office, making it difficult to have face to face conversations and "hallway" chats which are so important to building culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the correct resources in place for future growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Best company I've ever worked for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They take care of their employees. Benefits are fantastic. They prioritize professional and personal growth. The work is challenging, engaging, and fun. Office culture is top-notch.

    Cons

    Some processes need to be streamlined, lots of cooks in the kitchen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Edelman is a wonderful company that leads the industry in innovation.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's a company with a reputation of excellence. I feel honored to work among some of the best minds in the business, and I know that I'm only learning more because of it.

    Ample time off plus holidays is a big plus.

    Cons

    Tough industry with demanding clients. It's hardly the company's fault, and you can set your own standard of work. Some leaders will push harder than others, so if you set the standard of "always on" when you first start, you may find yourself taking on too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage mid-leadership to look at the hours that their direct reports are putting in and cut back in some areas if possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    All companies have issues, Edelman just has less than everyone else

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President Digital in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Vice President Digital in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Leadership vision and values are wonderful. Creativity and forward thinking is encouraged. Edelman strives to stay ahead of the curve through its PR roots. Great avenues around career development.

    Cons

    Lower on the pay scale compared to comparable companies and job descriptions. Local leadership is not in tune with Global leadership. There is fragmentation between offices (we sometimes don't work as one Edelman).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work. Would like to see a bit more focus on smaller offices, and how we can grow them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Breath of Fresh Air

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Insights Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Insights Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people are great, everyone is very welcoming and really enjoy spending time with each other. The company continues to have that family feel. The work is challenging but they trust that you will be able to do your job well.

    Cons

    Internal communication can sometimes be a issue, people are very busy and things often end up getting changed last minute.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great people doing great work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Private Company- Fewer hurdles to get things done, quicker turnaround for ideas and change
    Amazing People- The people at Edelman are brilliant and passionate about what they do.

    Cons

    Sometimes the size of Edelman can affect internal communications and the flow of information.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Position with an exceptional range of duties and collaboration with exceptionally talented colleagues

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

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    1. Edelman is an adventurous agency that invests in fresh technologies because its CEO is truly a master at identifying cutting-edge advances in communications and puts funds behind testing them out.
    2. The range of opportunities, with clients large and small, makes the job so interesting and enjoyable.
    3. Colleagues are, for the most part, smart and collaborative and very interesting.
    4. Edelman is making an earnest effort to enlist employees and its own treasury to give back.
    5. I simply enjoy coming to work every day -- and that hasn't happened in a long career of work elsewhere.

    Cons

    1. I'm paid squarely but younger, newer colleagues complain that salaries are below the industry average and promotions often take longer than they expected.
    2. The agency has grown so large so fast that it must ensure that employees and their careers don't get shortchanged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to take the steps being taken to stay ahead of the pack, committed to doing good, making the workplace collegial, shooing away or better training poor managers with bad management practices and abusive language. (But those are very few and far less than when I joined eight years ago.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    World Class Organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you want to work for the premier PR employer this is it. Incredible, ethical culture. The smartest people. The best client roster. And it's never satisfied and it is the firm pushing the industry forward.

    Cons

    Some turf wars, but less so than in recent years. Some executive turnover. Work/life balance is a struggle at times but improving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the culture in tact. Don't ignore what got us to where we are as we map out the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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