Edelman Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated May 27, 2014
Updated May 27, 2014
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Pros
  • Lots of resources available to employees and good work-life balance culture (in 51 reviews)

  • Many smart people to work with on a diverse portfolio of projects (in 52 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely high work pressure means that work life balance is adversely impacted (in 110 reviews)

  • Long hours; org structure difficult to understand/navigate (in 90 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best PR agency around. Period.

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

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    -Creative environment with diverse set of employees
    -Impressive and exciting client list
    -Difference-making IP
    -Culture of client partnerships
    -Emphasis on work/life balance
    -Opportunities for growth

    Cons

    -Salaries tend to stay low; management knows Edelman is a sough-after place and salaries seem to be curbed accordingly compared to competition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Continue building on the enriching environment you've created for your employees
    -For the right people, be ready to invest with $ without having to play a lot of the "negotiation game"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great company, really smart people, fast paced!

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    Current Employee - Vice President  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Edelman full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Challenging, great minds, top flight work. Training is exceptional, leadership cares and listens, strong HR support, very good experience, but be ready to be challenged, it's an entrepreneurial environment!

    Cons

    Hyper paced, sometimes frenetic work culture. Information overload at times, many creative initiatives compete for people's attention, can be took much going on to focus

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Stellar people

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Edelman full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Edelman is full of very smart people that drive you to do something different every day. That push allows you to learn a lot and take wonderful risks. I love working here! This is a wonderful place to build a career.

    Cons

    The work-life balance isn't as good as it could be, but that is probably true everywhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    enlightening

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

    I have been working at Edelman full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    the people are great there

    Cons

    compensation for hours spent working

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to grow your career and work with really smart people.

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

    I have been working at Edelman full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you're entrepreneurial, this is a great place to get started. High-profile and fun clients, extremely smart leadership, opportunities for growth outside of your expert area, access to network-wide resources to make you better at your job.

    Cons

    If you aren't entrepreneurial, easy to slip through the cracks. Have heard that some managers focus more on their own career progress than on those they manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to inspire junior staff by trusting them and giving them opportunities to work with higher-level execs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Keeping pace with how business is done

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Edelman full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexibility, open-minded approach to work styles, telecommuting, unique arrangements that work for all parties. Ever-present focus on client satisfaction and excellence.

    Cons

    Long hours, not much down time or slow seasons- but that may be a good thing for job security!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hold on to employees who create a negative atmosphere for many.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Phenomenal place to learn, grow and change the face of the industry if the culture fits your personality

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    Current Employee - EVP  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - EVP in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Edelman full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    If you're constantly curious, smart and never settle for the status quo, Edelman is your dream employer.

    Cons

    If you're looking for 9 to 5, 'tenure' or culture that allows for people to rest on their laurels, this is not the place for you. While not 9 to 5, hugely flexible in what your work life can look like IF you earn the right. And, more importantly, continue to earn the right every day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We're headed in all the right directions culturally, please keep the pressure on that pedal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    An Experience for the Resume

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Edelman full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    At Edelman, you have access to interesting clients and budgets as well as the opportunity to make a name for yourself as an internal expert if you're willing and able to share your POV.

    If you have a great manager, you'll have a great experience.

    Cons

    It's a corporate job, with the corresponding structure and limitations. If you're part of the tech practice but aren't using the latest tech, it can make for a frustrating experience. Some of the tech platforms used day-to-day are ~3-5 years behind innovative companies. This lag is also reflected in the services offered to clients.

    There's more variance in digital skills and a clear gap in what clients want, is sold in, and able to deliver, but that should iron itself out over time as more consultants develop digital expertise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If mid-level management has three junior reports churn out within 9 months, you might want to figure out why.

    Big picture agency-wise, you're evolving to meet market demands.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Cretive space with great people.

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    Current Employee - ACD  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - ACD in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Edelman full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I love it here - everyone has a voice, and all ideas are encouraged. It's a creative space with great people, and they are very work/life balanced. You can actually have a personal life, too, when you work here.

    Cons

    It's still a bit too heavy on the out-of-date PR model, so creatives have two sets of "clients" still. They ARE working on this, however, so i believe this will be different by this time next year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Surrounded by the best and brightest in my field

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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 full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working at Edelman has truly been the best career opportunity I've had to date. My day-to-day is always different, full of challenges and the rewards that come with meeting those difficulties head on. My colleagues are so smart and engaged, and above all happy. It's not a culture of complaining, it's a culture of doing, even when the doing isn't all puppies and rainbows. But with that being said, sometimes my job IS about puppies and rainbows, which is really awesome. I couldn't be more proud to be in an environment that provides career development and opportunities at all levels.

    Cons

    As the saying goes--in the world of PR, there is no such thing as vacation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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