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Fantastic to work for

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

I worked at Edelman full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Learn many skills, provided challenges and career growth opportunities, very social, made wonderful friends

Cons

Long hours, great if you are single but a challenge if you are in a relationship or wanting a family

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Help junior and senior members find a way to achieve true work-life balance (work one day a week from home or build up staff on teams)

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    Fabulous opportunities--with high expectations

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

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Incredible work. Challenging client assignments and the resources to the the best work possible. People are very talented and many make great mentors, especially for mid & senior career. For people who fit the culture, the "entrepreneurial spirit" is real. The firm provides resources necessary to make good ideas happen.

    Cons

    Need to set your own boundaries because the firm will always push for better work. Some of the internal financial structure can make collaboration difficult, but individual relationships always trump the official policies.

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    Work-Life Balance is a Farce at Edelman

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

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

    Pros

    The Silicon Valley office has decent snacks, and there truly is an interest in evolving PR as journalism changes. Of the large agencies, Edelman is the most committed to industry research and not just preaching expertise, but truly investigating the best ways to serve clients.

    Cons

    The down side is minimal work-life balance. While the agency continues to invent cute ways to provide "balance" and perks for employees, the truth of the matter is that certain clients and teams will consistently work 10 hr+ days (not including a lunch break), and even longer during major launches. I define balance as working hard, long hours during the upswings, but having a chance to recuperate and duck out early during downswings. Unfortunately, my accounts have never had downswings, and working until 8-630 is business-as-usual, even on Fridays.

    Beyond just client work in excess of my intended allocation, billing under the required eight hours is highly frowned upon - even if you've worked 12+ hours days prior. This was made clear after a colleague was scolded for billing 7 hour day following two weeks of 12-hour days. While you can evade scrutiny by floating hours, the lack of flexibility is laughable.

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    Not everyone is equipped to be a PM: many people went into PR thinking they could avoid numbers, and this lack of skill skews allocations and makes workloads heavier than they should be. Invest in financial training and crack down on deltas in allocation - not just when complaints bubble up. Otherwise, you're continuing to foster a "squeaky wheel" culture. Find ways to build career paths where those who do well working with percentages can PM; those who don't excel there, can contribute in other leadership paths.

    In addition, hire Interns that actually have potential to grow within Edelman. Too often, post-grad interns are hired that can do the mundane intern tasks "OK," but have a good attitude; while a positive attitude is welcome, it's not grounds for for a new hire. These conversions breed frustration in the AAE-AE level as junior staffers slowly move along despite a lack of skill. It's unfair to those not equipped to do the job continue to struggle to tread water in junior roles, and those on their team suffer by having to carry too much extra weight. Make smart hiring decisions at all levels.

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