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Updated April 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Edelman has a great work life balance (in 86 reviews)

  • great and smart people to work with (in 96 reviews)

Cons
  • work/life balance isn't a top priority for management (in 224 reviews)

  • The pay is just sufficient despite the long hours you work (in 146 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work full time, but not to intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Current Intern - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Smart, dedicated colleagues
    -Access to world class tools and knowledge banks
    -People are friendly
    -Learned a ton

    Cons

    -Interns are treated really poorly, even though they are college graduates
       -Awful pay, especially as an intern
       -Absolutely no benefits as an intern (company won't even pay for parking)
       -Interns aren't allowed to go to all-team trainings or holiday parties

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about the hiring process. HR was happy to claim that most interns get hired full time during the recruiting process, but as soon as we walked in the door on our first day, they completely changed their tune and made sure you knew "nothing is guaranteed."

    HR is generally unknowledgeable about the hiring process and provides little to no helpful insight or updates. Very disorganized-- at least when dealing with lower level hires.


  2. Helpful (25)

    "Run, don't walk... away from this sinking ship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    -Edelman name is well respected within the industry. Having experience there definitely carries some weight.
    -Great environment for younger professionals to get rich PR experience
    -Decent benefits and vacation
    -Flexible work from home policy
    -Nice people

    Cons

    Basically everything not mentioned above.
    -Leadership is almost nonexistent. At the team level, priorities seem to lie everywhere but developing talent and growing business. There are some seriously lazy, unmotivated and incompetent leaders. What other agency lets a whole group of Level 4+ Employees in a practice get away with not bringing any new clients in an entire year?
    -Favoritism is out of control. Favored status wins over performance and competency, where it concerns promotions. This is part of the reason they have some bad leaders in place right now who can't grow a business or effectively lead a team. But on the flip side, if you win favor from the man in charge, you too could be a 26-year-old VP, get undue promotions despite no one wanting to report to you or no clients wanting to work with you... or even get away with behavior that should get you fired.
    -At an office or regional leadership level, there's no accountability placed on the group heads to fix books of business that are withering.
    -Morale. Everyone just seems to give off a general sense of misery around there, which is sad because they have some great people who've placed their careers into this place at the mercy of failing leaders. They try to PR spin the crap out of what's happening, but it's pretty obvious when you're being "messaged to."
    -If you are considering a job at Edelman Atlanta over another, take heed... the financial standing isn't great. There are so many people there who can't get due promotions or raises because of leaders mentioned above aren't taking care of business and the numbers are weak as a result. Promotion and raise potential are awful, especially right now... (unless you're one of the people highly favored by the regional leadership). My advice if you accept a job here is to not let them lowball you, because at the rate things are going, there's no telling when you'll get another promotion or decent raise.
    -They brag about having such a vast network to tap because "we are one Edelman." But no one likes to share, especially in this environment where they're fighting for scraps. Giving clients "the best of Edelman" is way harder than leadership makes it out to be. On the group level, some of the leaders don't want to share the revenue... so the "one edelman" thing is a lie. And you are not always encouraged to give the client the best team or people for the business.
    -Even when you do tap the larger network to bring "the best of edelman", it's a coin toss whether they'll be good partners.
    -Because of the sorry state of business affairs, some leaders and managers are putting very unreasonable and ethically questionable pressure on account teams. I'll just say you may go home at the end of the day feeling like you deceived your clients... all for the purpose of hitting financial goals that the office won't meet anyway.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being on the defensive about everything. Please think introspectively about the problems the office is trying to tell you about... Acknowledge and take responsibility for the state of business and push your deputies to do the same so you can solve it together.

    Edelman Response

    Apr 7, 2017 – Edelman

    Thank you for your work at Edelman and we are disappointed that you didn’t feel you could continue to grow or get recognized while you were here. Our firm puts top priority on serving current clients ... More


  3. "Great work experience, horrible culture and atmosphere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Intern - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Edelman as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You work on the best of the best clients.
    Your skills develop very quickly.

    Honestly not much else

    Cons

    Edelman is a huge name but the Atlanta office is a complete and utter joke. They preach the culture during the interview and the opportunity to get hired post internship, however that's simply a lie. They've hired ONE intern out of the last 5/6 intern classes. DO NOT INTERN here.

    The culture is laughable. You are not allowed to attend staff meetings, you are not allowed to speak on client calls (I did for 2 other agencies), you are not allowed to attend professional development meetings (isn't that the point of the internship), the teams lack transparency and are very condescending.

    Every single person in the office is replaceable. Since I left, Edelman Atlanta has lost more than 10 employees due to the horrible culture. Their VP of the company was just recently forced out.

    When you "get coffee" with employees for mentoring sessions, it's all whats negative happening in your internship and no real grace shown.

    I saw Edelman Atlanta as a complete and utter waste of my time. The company does absolutely nothing in assisting you find a job after your internship.

    Only go here if you want to be hired help

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate your company. It's an embarrassment.

    Edelman Response

    May 4, 2017 – Edelman

    I'm disappointed to read about your internship experience. On average, over a third of our interns are hired into full-time positions in the U.S., but I can imagine how frustrating it must be to have ... More


  4. Helpful (15)

    "Not a great place...need to be revamped...it is sinking"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The PTO
    The clients (they should really evaluate their billing and the work product closely; it doesn't match up)
    Some decent people
    The office (nice location)
    Interns--they are hopeful people

    Cons

    Leadership-- they do not take responsibility for the failing business. They pass blame. Also they need to learn objectivity. The favoritism is almost a person there. They keep bad managers in place when they know the incompetent people need to be let go.
    CEO---he needs people skills. He is so full of himself! He can't even look people in the eye when walking down the hall. And if he tells you he cares, you better not believe him. He leans too much on his HR person, who is a lying character.
    HR--- she should be labeled the gossiper of the office. She pretends to solve issues but she is the issue. How does a HR person who doesn't bring one cent to the business but is so involved in the accounts and its people. She also spends the company's money taking people out to lunch.
    Business-- this company doesn't know how to bring in new business especially some departments. Its leadership or lack of leadership are cry baby bullies. One department's idea of bringing in new business is going to other offices begging for leftovers. There is a senior level manager whose believes or demonstrates that lying, yelling and whining work. It works for her and it works in the Edelman South office. She should have been let go but they reward her with more money and titles. And the sad part about it is everyone knows.
    Over sellers but under achievers--- the clients better guard their budgets. That South office comes up with so much crap to sell that they forget what they need to sell---good sound counsel with results.
    Favoritism---it exists in the Edelman South office! Enough said.
    Gossiping---everyone talks and leadership sets the tone for that.
    Morale and spirit- there isn't any!

    Advice to Management

    Get training and start appreciating the people you have. They are so miserable there but they won't tell you because they are afraid of retaliation. Plus you won't listen. You are too busy being psychoanalysts or more like psychos.
    They need to bring into new leadership from the office. They do it for new business. Get some good leadership.

    Edelman Response

    Apr 7, 2017 – Edelman

    Thank you for your post regarding your experience at Edelman. As one of the leaders in the office, I take your feedback seriously and I can also attest to the fact that I do take immense personal ... More


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Too big to care"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AE to Vice President in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - AE to Vice President in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The brand appeal to claim you work for the biggest firm in the world.

    Cons

    Highly political, combative environment rife with favoritism and nepotism. Bad behavior gets rewarded and good work gets overlooked.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your people and clients first not the numbers.

    Edelman Response

    Apr 27, 2017 – Edelman

    I'm disappointed to hear your sentiments. The cons you describe are definitely elements of our culture we strive to avoid at all costs. If you're open to sharing more specific feedback with me, so it ... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Internship"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Digital Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Edelman provides a friendly environment to interns, is full of smart people, and grants interns the opportunity to touch several clients throughout their internship.

    Cons

    Edelman does not pay competitively for an internship in Atlanta, does not yet have the capabilities to offer many positions to interns, and requires interns to pay for their own parking if they drive.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise they be more up front when talking to interns about their chances of ultimately being hired into the company and work to make their rate more competitive with other internships in Atlanta

    Edelman Response

    Dec 19, 2016 – Edelman

    Thanks for your review and congrats on your internship. Edelman does hire most of our entry level talent from our intern class, but unfortunately there are normally more interns than open spots for ... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "assistant Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Edelman give you many opportunities to grow and get a mentor within the company - great company to work for.

    Cons

    As with many entry level PR job, the hours are long and the pay is short and that is it.


  8. "The people make this company"

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

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

    Pros

    The people - you are surrounded by people who strive for the best work and are truly passionate about what they do.

    Cons

    Not really a con -- It's tough and competitive. There is no room for mediocrity.

    Advice to Management

    Continue transparency.


  9. "Great first job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong network, a lot of learning opportunities

    Cons

    Low competitive salary rate overall


  10. "Great Company, But Senior Leaders Will Ruin Atlanta Office"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Senior Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Former Intern - Senior Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Edelman is a well-respected and recognized firm, you'll work your butt off but in doing so will gain a TON of valuable experience; great place to start your career in order to learn about work ethic, time-management, etc.

    Cons

    The senior leaders in the Atlanta office (one man & woman in particular) act like children. Be prepared for lots of unnecessary drama, zero transparency, cattiness, low moral, to be talked about, given the silent treatment (I'm not kidding) and so much more (but hey they sometimes give you beer on Thursdays so that makes up for it, right?). Oh and your salary will be laughable, bonuses will be rare and when you get a promotion, they might generously give you a $1K bump!

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the employees who live for the drama. Pay your employees what they deserve to be paid for working at the #1 PR Agency.


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