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Edelman Chicago Reviews

Updated March 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Edelman has a great work life balance (in 86 reviews)

  • great and smart people to work with (in 99 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance could be better for full time employees (in 225 reviews)

  • The pay is just sufficient despite the long hours you work (in 148 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good company, but not for administrative staff"

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    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.

    Edelman Response

    Apr 24, 2017 – Edelman

    Thanks for your review. It's wonderful to hear your positive feedback on our benefits, innovation and opportunities. I'm sorry you didn't experience more career path options while you were here. We... More


  2. "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

  3. 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


  4. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  5. 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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Opportunities, super smart people

    Cons

    Not everyone is easy to work with

    Edelman Response

    Dec 19, 2016 – Edelman

    Thank you for your feedback; I agree that we have really smart people at Edelman. And, you're right, when you put so many talented people together, there are bound to be people that are easier to... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "An amazing place to learn and work alongside very smart people"

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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 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    At Edelman you truly get to work with some of the smartest people in the business and gain great experience across an assortment of clientele. People want to see you succeed and will help you achieve your goals in any way possible.

    Cons

    Salary is on the lower end for junior level staff and there can be some late nights, but overall work-life balance is a top priority for Edelman.

    Edelman Response

    Dec 19, 2016 – Edelman

    Thanks for your wonderful review. We are very happy to hear that you are having a great experience. Work life balance is a huge priority for us at Edelman and it's wonderful to know that you... More

  8. Helpful (4)

    "AAE"

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

    Pros

    Company Atmosphere - always something new to learn

    Cons

    Underpaid, over-worked, under appreciated. Extremely hard to balance all that is expected.

    Advice to Management

    Show more appreciation for Junior Level Staff - that's why the turnover rate is so high.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Perks over Salary"

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    Current Employee - Billing Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Billing Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of benefits/ office perks

    Cons

    salary does not meet national average.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees the average


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with smart thinking people

    Cons

    Sometimes change takes longer than desired.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to seek smart individuals and challenge employees


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