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Best of the PR Agencies, but High Burn Out and Widening Divide between Digital/Traditional PR

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Of all the PR agencies, Edelman is the best. You aren't going to find a PR agency that is more devoted to pioneering new approaches and evolving rapidly to meet the needs of the market. The Edelman Trust Barometer and online training services are standout resources that go beyond what other agencies offer in terms of market resource and continuing education. While I can't confirm this is absolutely true, Edelman does appear to pay slightly higher than other agencies - at least among junior and mid-level roles. As far as PR training, if you can pick what agency you pick for, Edelman is the best proving ground for building a PR career. Edelman picks which client it works for, and there's a good mix in vertical and client size (start up to major tech company).

Cons

There remains a divide in treatment and cooperation between the traditional PR and Digital divisions. Digital appears to get some preferential treatment - promotions tend to come faster and they regularly have off-site retreats where the entire region attends training and networking sessions. This added investment in the Digital side is creating resentment since there does not seem to be any specialty trainings/offerings for the traditional PR side. For general account work, junior and mid-level staff put in LONG hours, which seems to go unnoticed or recognized by senior management. This tends to be the norm in the PR agency world, but Edelman is guilty of burn out among lower level employees as much as the next agency.

Advice to Management

There's still ambiguity in Digital vs. Traditional treatment - and this perceived preference toward Digital is creating a lot of resentment across the divisions. Even if these continue, this resentment can be curbed by management being more transparent and proactive in the purpose of these trainings. (Currently it feels like a "hidden secret.") Edelman can be the stand-out agency if senior management pays closer attention to the volume of hours lower level employees put in. Even if unavoidable at time, extra recognition of long hours and elbow grease (on a personal level) can go a long way in keeping morale high. Eliminate this burn out will also help Edelman retain top talent.

Other Employee Reviews for Edelman

  1. Largest PR firm in the world

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure to some of the biggest clients. Junior level employees get the chance to get hands on experience dealing with clients, account teams and media. Fun atmosphere. Company happy hours at least once a month.

    Cons

    Long hours for junior employees. Not a big emphasis on diversity. Too much talk and not enough action when it comes to creativity and speed.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify your employee base. Everyone looks the same. Also, increase pay for junior level employees. Level I-III employees do much more work than what they are compensated for.


  2. Helpful (2)

    A great environment with fair pay. Hard to balance a life with spouse and kids.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very generous with bonuses, food and alcohol!

    Cons

    There isn't enough emphasis on work life balance. It is encouraged to be available and on call ALL the time. It's part of the culture here. Those that enforce it are praised.

    Advice to Management

    Please do not encourage workaholism.


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