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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. "N/A"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Full-throttled agency for adrenalin seekers. People are smart as hell and determined to deliver their very best for an unrivaled client roster. Entrepreneurial culture that actively encourages experimentation and reasoned risk-taking. Doing a better job than any other firm in mastering the new realities.

    Cons

    Hard for senior people to orient when they first arrive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep at it


  2. "Happy to be here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Junior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing culture; unbelievably smart people. I am constantly learning and growing and being challenged with new projects.

    Cons

    Semi difficult work life balance because clientele is some of the biggest and best in the world. These brands never sleep, so you're constantly on call. Cons of being the best at what you do.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  3. "Big Ship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Edelman (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large organization with much to offer at every career level. Focused on innovative approaches to connect brands with audiences. Integrated approach to campaigns.

    Cons

    Heavily political atmosphere with many groups and sub-groups. Trajectory of growth has let to a regular stream of new faces that don't necessary get or buy into the history and mission of the agency.

    Advice to Management

    Stay independent! Having worked for agencies owned by large holding companies the flexibility of a independent agency at Edelman's scale is a fundamentally different experience in how the agency goes to business.


  4. "Learned a lot about the industry and enjoyed myself."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Digital in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Digital in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Edelman has a great work life balance. It was a super fun company to intern for and I learned a lot about the importance of company culture and working with great people.

    Cons

    Sometimes work was very slow and I didn't have much to do but that's probably because I was an intern and not a full time employee.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  5. "Senior Account Supervisor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Family Oriented Place to Work and Practice Leads

    Cons

    Common Review Process and Lack of Salary Negotiation

    Advice to Management

    Increase Bonouses to Non VP level


  6. "Summer Intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Formal 10 training sessions throughout the internship program. Good benefit and equal opportunity. Trust interns to expose to real client work and report to high level executives. Great corporate culture.

    Cons

    As a big organization, decision making process takes long time, especially their HR.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Terrible place to work -- do not believe Glassdoor rating"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great client roster. Edelman works with a number of really interesting companies (though the work itself is not always very interesting).

    Cons

    Overall, did not find most employees to be intelligent or capable of critical thinking. There are very few new ideas -- we used to joke internally that we would just change the cover of a proposal without bringing in new ideas or fresh thinking. By the time I left, I was shocked that the agency managed to hang onto clients at all, so my best guess is that the bar is just lower in PR & comms. The place also has serious culture and values issues. I think the only reason it does so well on Glassdoor is that the company has a "Glassdoor strategy" and actually sells this as a service to clients, too. Totally fake.

    Advice to Management

    Time for RE to move on.

  8. "Bureaucracy Personified"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked in the digital group so this is true of my experience there, but I know the situation is much better in other groups, particularly C&PA, Consumer, Matter, Ruth, etc.

    - Easy work
    - Great people

    Cons

    - Mediocre pay
    - Easy work
    - Status quo = good enough
    - Incompetent leadership
    - Zero recognition for young talent (AS and below)
    - Sloooooowwwwwwwwww


  9. "Edelman"

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

    Pros

    Great culture and work life balance

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than industry standard


  10. "Executive Assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large international company
    Possible international work experience but not for all and esp. not for my position - although my direct superiors traveled often.
    Working with brilliant people.

    Cons

    Dealing with egos.
    No work life balance.
    Typical corporate job.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your talent regardless of their position/title. If it is a small department, make it more personal so everyone can work together instead of push things to others. BE ACCESSIBLE.


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