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Edelman New York City Reviews

Updated August 13, 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 (2)

    "Assistant Account Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with amazing brands and leaders in the industry

    Cons

    High turnover amongst junior stuff


  2. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President Marketing in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people, fun work and the ability to as autonomous as you like!

    Cons

    operational processes need to be streamlined

    Edelman Response

    Jul 30, 2017 – Edelman

    Thanks for your review. I, too, love the New York office, their people and the way teams are managed to give employees of all levels autonomy and a fun working environment. I'm so glad to hear you... More

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Senior Account Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Get to work with the best thought-leaders in the industry, big clients, international opportunities; Great leadership team

    Cons

    The NYC office is mired in politics, moving past the AS/AM level is not merit-based anymore but it's favoritism/cronyism. Hence, one can more often than not find themselves with a line manager that is not interested in great work or let alone helping you grow, but that is purely in it for themselves. One mistake and you get thrown under the bus. Eat or be eaten mentality.

    Advice to Management

    P&L structure is a hindrance and cause for most of the politics that is poisening the workplace culture; The leadership/executive team has all the best intentions at heart, and the values they hold dear are certainly great, but they need to open their eyes to the fact that follow-through down to the AAE level is NOT happening.

    Edelman Response

    Jul 30, 2017 – Edelman

    Thank you for sharing your observations. Your perspective as a local manager is valuable and I'll make sure our leadership team has a discussion about addressing some of the concerns you've noted. If... More


  4. "Horrible"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Edelman as a contractor

    Pros

    Free stuff
    Hours
    Location
    Dress code (or lack thereof)

    Cons

    Cliquish
    Shady
    Unprofessional
    Too "white"
    Not enough diversity

    Edelman Response

    Aug 18, 2017 – Edelman

    Thank you for your review. It is disappointing to read your feedback, but your comments are extremely valuable. We are constantly looking for input on where we can grow and improve. Let me assure you... More


  5. "Fun company culture"

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    Current Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Warm environment, cool office space, everyone is friendly

    Cons

    Long application process, not stellar pay


  6. "Great Culture and Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun culture.
    Great, smart team of account managers and creatives.

    Cons

    Bandwidth is limited sometimes.
    Long hours.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Edelman the terrible..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Edelman has a solid brand name and looks good on paper. It's definitely a good place to learn how not to manage a business, or treat employees.

    Cons

    Edelman lacks process. Senior leadership at the top levels of the organizations (C-Suite) are decent, but, beyond that they do not know how to people manage. Inflated titles, lack of transparency, terrible compensation, work some people to death, while others skate by going to happy hours and charging lunches on the companies dime. Zero lack of ethics, very political, and sad.

    Advice to Management

    In desperate need of improved systems, process, and leadership training.

    Edelman Response

    Jul 12, 2017 – Edelman

    It pains me to read reviews like this. While I work in and love the Chicago office, I travel to New York quite often and am proud of so much that the office has to offer - amazing client work... More

  8. "Assistant Account Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience
    Good exposure in the industry
    Well Known company

    Cons

    Depends on your team how much you will like your job ( similar to many jobs )
    Long work hours, demand alot of employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to grow as intern"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman (Less than a year)

    Pros

    they've mostly eliminated the heirarchy-based traditional company structure in favor of a horizontal, network-based organization that makes it so much easier to get involved in the projects you like and talk to phenomenal mentors

    Cons

    lower pay than standard for other interns in the industry

    Advice to Management

    consider showing your AAE's and AE's you value them a bit more by paying them better

    Edelman Response

    Apr 27, 2017 – Edelman

    It's great to hear you personally experienced the benefits of our evolution to Communications Marketing. I agree it allows for more collaboration and opportunity for our staff and I'm so happy you... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Very Good for a Corporation"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some pros include constant free food left over from catering events, open atmosphere to encourage conversations (see cons), and a clear strive to improve culture (see cons).

    Cons

    Much like many other places, there is a lot of criticism without the constructive conversations to help you improve, cutting costs across the firm often means "restructuring" and cutting back on employee culture activities/bonding opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Management would benefit from being more of a coach to the younger staff, helping them improve and grow instead of just delegating work and getting upset when things aren't perfect. There could easily be more transparency across the firm and more interaction between departments.

    Edelman Response

    Apr 27, 2017 – Edelman

    Thanks for your feedback. An emphasis on learning and development - for employees and managers - is a priority for us this year. We just hired a new, global head of L&D and effective management and... More


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