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Edelman Chicago Reviews

Updated March 27, 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 145 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good company, but not for administrative staff"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, innovative company, many opportunities for PR staff.

    Cons

    No career path for administrative employees. Backbone of company, but considered expendable. Focus entirely on PR staff for success.

    Advice to Management

    Provide career path and mentoring for non-PR staff.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    probably still a good place to start out in traditional PR (provided you have multiple internships already behind you). consumer practice doing well, getting some more marketing assignments, vs. just straight PR.

    Cons

    gotta agree with prior post about lack of trust--this for a company known for its Trust Barometer study. when the numbers looked bad, good people were told to pack up. lack of training, lack of solid new business leadership.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "not the company it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are good. That's about it. No training or advancement

    Cons

    No work life balance cannot take vacation. Cannot trust anyone

    Advice to Management

    Current managers need training on how to treat employees. They only care about themselves

    Edelman Response

    Apr 12, 2017 – Edelman

    I appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. I'm so glad to hear you were satisfied with your compensation and benefits package, but I'm sorry we weren't able to discuss and address ... More


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  5. "Senior Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Culture, people, access to resources

    Cons

    Difficult to navigate/customize career path or make changes


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Culture Improving"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman (More than a year)

    Pros

    Big-name clients, diversity of work, good culture within Edelman at large, good vacation policy and holidays

    Cons

    High turnover, lacking leadership, lack of job descriptions, goals, and little clarity or transparency on organizational issues


  7. "Creative intern"

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    Former Intern - Creative Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Creative Intern in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented creatives, friendly culture, excellent work-life balance, competent bosses. I always felt listened to.

    Cons

    Organizational inefficiencies mean that you will often go from being very busy to having nothing to do for weeks. They sometimes take advantage of the poverty of interns by stringing them out on low-paying, no-benefits freelance with the promise of a job in the future. If you're a creative, don't try to start your career here.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Strategic Planning Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Strategic Planning Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best PR/Communications agency in the UK

    Cons

    Very dynamic agency not for everyone, but great for dynamic people


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work, but long road to proper promotions"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Young, fun work environment. Most who work here are intelligent, eloquent and love what they do. There are multiple team bonding activities and events to get to know your peers.

    Cons

    Top heavy management that rely on junior staff to do their job for half the pay.

    Advice to Management

    Promote junior staff in a timely manner! Postponing a promotion when they are "nearly there" vs. having faith in their competencies is just discouraging and causes a lot of turnover.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Very good experience - Professional & fun."

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    Former Employee - Producer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Producer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big, established agency with big, established, long-term clients. Thoughtful, strategic & smart in business approach. Vast array of work and relatively diverse workforce.

    Cons

    Typical large agency complaints - takes a long time and way too many people to get simple things done, endless meetings about other meetings, annoying agency acronyms, conservative decision making, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Place more value in experience and character rather than pedigree. Promote from within, but week out the BSers.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the culture (ice cream Fridays, Lunch & Learns), big-name clients, exciting campaign work and opportunities to move around

    Cons

    the pay is low for junior staff, while there is somewhat of a "work-life-balance", don't expect to work 9-to-5 as a junior staff.

    Advice to Management

    Pay junior level employees more for their work

    Edelman Response

    Dec 19, 2016 – Edelman

    Thank you for your review. We are thrilled to hear you are enjoying the culture in the Chicago office - it's a great place. And, you're right, it's not a 9-5 job, however I hope that you are still ... More


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