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Just walk the walk, don't talk the talk.

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Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

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

Pros

Access to global brands
Great company recognition on your resume for future opportunities
Great way to jump into the deep and and learn at a large PR powerhouse

Cons

Ego runs the show here way too much
Always company-line excuses for job advancement/raises
Constant exposure to corporate puffing of chests
If you're the best at something, you don't have to talk about it non-stop
Favoritism is rampant (coming from somebody who benefited from it)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Run the place less like a sweatshop. Provide financial incentives to junior staff.

Doesn't Recommend
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    Smart People, Entrepreneurial Environment, Focus on Outstanding Strategic Thinking"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to grow and learn at this huge "mom and pop" consultancy. I love the intelligence, passion and commitment of the people I work with, and the challenging assignments keep me engaged. Edelman's IP offering is a huge enhancement, helping all associates connect as part of a larger global conversation and offering something truly unique and valuable to clients and other stakeholders.

    Cons

    It's a very, very political place. The path to promotion is unclear and byzantine. And senior management is sometimes slow to correct or remove under-performing group heads and other leaders. It doesn't necessarily impact work on a day-to-day basis, but this swirl can begin to feel frustrating, and become a significant time suck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay very close attention to your practice group heads - especially in the shadow P&Ls. They need to be effective managers AND visionary leaders offering a clear strategic direction and plan to get there. This seems lacking at the moment, though there is some signs of movement in the right direction.

    Recommends
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    a great place to work. amazing culture

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    good work culture - attracts top-tier colleagues

    Cons

    rumors exist that the salaries at Edelman are slightly less generous than at comparable firms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    embrace the promise of the GWEN program - make it truly, practically impactful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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