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Edelman London Reviews

Updated October 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Edelman has a great work life balance (in 89 reviews)

  • great and smart people to work with (in 100 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance could be better for full time employees (in 229 reviews)

  • The pay is just sufficient despite the long hours you work (in 152 reviews)

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  1. "Account Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing client briefs, international opportunities, growth/development opportunities

    Cons

    Salary, limited work life balance


  2. "Excellent culture yet poor salary & lack of stimulating work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Account Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Fantastic office culture, modern workplace, young atmosphere
    - Blue chip client portfolio
    - Exposure to high level executives & comms strategy
    - Fast upward mobility

    Cons

    - Very low salary
    - Work can be very menial at junior level

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the growth of junior staff by giving them more substantive and strategic comms work

  3. "Not what it used to be"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Director in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is room for entrepreneurial spirit as long as it does not interfere with senior management agenda

    Cons

    Petty politics get in the way of producing good work

    Advice to Management

    Do not give talented employees for granted. A meaningful reward scheme should be put in place based on performance rather than networking.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good culture, fantastic clients and even better opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Smart, switched-on and approachable colleagues at all levels
    • Real sector specialists who can walk the walk
    • People really do strive to do the best work for our clients
    • Well regarded IPs
    • Great training across the board
    • A real sense of collaboration and a non-hierarchical feel to individual teams
    • As a large global agency there really are unparalleled opportunities for career progression across the network
    • Good benefits (plenty of holiday and themed Thursday drinks are fab!)

    Cons

    It can be fast paced – but I expected nothing less when joining the number one agency. We’re almost 600 people in London, and we have such an incredibly diverse mix of skills - it can sometimes take a little while to settle in and to really understand all of the different teams that contribute to our success.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire the very best of the best and invest in them


  5. "Great people, bad environment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really smart, interesting & funny people
    Top tier clients
    Good structure
    Opportunities to travel
    Great summer/Christmas parties

    Cons

    Long hours
    Culture of martyrdom
    Dog eat dog
    Shallow

    Advice to Management

    Actually do something about the work-life balance, don't just say you're going to.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Average Jane"

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    Former Contractor - Assistant Account Exeucitve in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Assistant Account Exeucitve in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Edelman as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Vast range of people working there
    Free fruit/discounted food
    Great location

    Cons

    Majority of people are stuck up
    Uncomfortable atmosphere
    Awkward


  7. Helpful (7)

    "AE"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Avoid this company! Worst experience of my life, I regret every second of it!

    Cons

    The worst company I ever worked for!! Full of racist, xenophobic and disgusting people. Unless you are British and have connections in the company, you will be stuck in the same role forever, and will assign you the worst clients and will keep you there until midnight!

    This company is a Joke!! Don't call yourselves Creatives because you're not! You're a just Corporate PR agency full of small minded people.

    They hire young kids to work long hours and make them slaves by paying almost nothing!! The work life is appalling and you will just become depressed!

    Small minded and conservative people! I would necer recommend this company to anyone, even my worst enemy!!

    Awful and disgusting ! Should have sued you for discrimination!!

    Edelman Response

    Aug 23, 2017 – Edelman

    I wanted to acknowledge your feedback which both surprised and concerned me. At Edelman, we’re an equal opportunities employer and continually working to create a collaborative environment where... More

  8. Helpful (3)

    "In a league of its own"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with and learn from the best and brightest, globally networked and mobility encouraged, entrepreneurial and go-get mindset, work to be proud of

    Cons

    Politics get in the way of doing better work, internal client service can be more time consuming than actual clients, reinvent the wheel far too often, gap between say and do is damaging to the culture, pay is below industry average, and bonus structure has no connection to individual performance

    Advice to Management

    Address the cons - by addressing the culture and the remuneration structure in as wholesale a fashion as possible locally


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Creative. Driving integrated comms. World’s biggest brands. Collaborative."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - The people are brilliant
    - As a PR outsider I was surprised by the sheer scale of the agency and the speed which everyone works at, whilst maintaining incredibly high standards
    - The depth of client relationships
    - The diversity of skills across the whole marketing mix
    - How fluid and entrepreneurial it is
    - How open minded and collaborative it is
    - There is limitless potential to shape your career in a way that is right for you

    Cons

    - Given the transformation the business has had we have a real need for more project managers

    Advice to Management

    Because of the change Edelman has embarked on and its focus on making things happen. We have to get it right.. it’ll be a real game changer.
    We have to ensure we utilise our opportunity to be at the forefront of our industry, merging marketing, advertising and PR to create something new and great. Continue to listen to those loud and passionate enough to speak up and who are willing to be challenged.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "The place to be!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love working at Edelman - the biggest clients, the leading industry talent, the global network. If you are ambitious and want to work with the best - this is the place to be!

    Cons

    N/a as I have had an extremely positive experience.

    Edelman Response

    Sep 26, 2017

    Thank you for your review and it has been great to hear that you are enjoying your time here. Thanks again! Rebecca Hall, UK&I HR Director


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