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Updated March 20, 2019
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  1. Featured Review

    "Very Happy Here"

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

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

    Pros

    Diversity of work, large client list, flexibility and good work/life balance, fantastic people to work with

    Cons

    Some processes are out of date and there are times when work can suffer due to unrealistic expectations or turnarounds or low budgets. But we do our best, always.

    Advice to Management

    Reward the people that put the most heart into the company. They should be rewarded and feel valued. Work harder to match average salaries. Otherwise, you risk losing some of your best.

    Edelman Response

    Mar 11, 2019 – Edelman

    Thanks for your review. I'm glad to hear that your experience has hit on many of the strengths I love about Edelman too - our flexiblity, access to great work and amazing colleagues. I also... More


  2. "PR Giant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Attracts smart talent and interesting clients.

    Cons

    Shift from traditional roots in recent years

  3. "good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    entrepreneurial, great client roster, opportunity to advance, top notch talent as peers, IP

    Cons

    lacking female senior leadership; make decisions about new things without providing the "why" behind it

    Edelman Response

    Mar 11, 2019 – Edelman

    I'm glad you've experienced the opportunity to advance and that you think highly of both the work you've been able to do as well as your colleagues. I also appreciate your comment about wanting to... More


  4. "Great Clients"

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

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

    Pros

    Great clients. Perfect if you have recently graduated, but terrible if you are mid to upper level.

    Cons

    Lack of synergy across the org to create and utilize best practices.


  5. "Great opps at lower level"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great work, opportunities to try new things.

    Cons

    Lack of direction for growth

    Edelman Response

    Mar 11, 2019 – Edelman

    Thanks for your review. I'm glad that you're happy with the caliber of your colleagues and work as well as opportunities to try new things. Our Career Development meetings that colleagues are... More


  6. "Fast Paced Agency Life"

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    Current Employee - Paid Media Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Paid Media Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Casual dress code (with the exception of client meetings)
    Competitive PTO
    Competitive in office perks
    Ample space to grow

    Cons

    As with any agency expectation of hours can be a bit absurd. There are many people that are online and available 24/7.

    Edelman Response

    Mar 11, 2019 – Edelman

    I appreciate your acknowledgement of our competitive PTO, office perks and dress code, but most of all that you've felt you have room to grow. That's our hope for all employees. I also appreciate and... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "I wish I would have listened to Glassdoor reviews."

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    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

    Pay and exposure to big name clients.

    Cons

    Edelman is an old sinking ship. Very out of touch with anything going on in the industry. Profits are down, and morale and culture are dismal. I read negative glassdoor reviews before I started and wish I would have listened and stayed away. I don’t have 1 coworker that can say they truly enjoy working here. For the first time in my 15+ year career I felt men totally ran the show here and you have to be in their clique to get respect and recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times - in terms of staffing, technology and trends.

    Edelman Response

    Mar 21, 2019 – Edelman

    Hi. I'm saddened to read your review the day after finding out that Edelman has been certified as a "Gender Fair" company - an honor shared by only 16% of Fortune 500 companies and based on... More

  8. Helpful (3)

    "RUN!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global network, mobility across other offices, impromptu happy hours

    Cons

    Every con you can imagine: Toxic culture, unqualified "leaders", focus on clients instead of employees, promotions based on favorites, absurd expectations to work yourself to the bone for noncompetitive wages, everything is urgent so makes it difficult to prioritize your workload, people talk at you instead of working with you as business partners. Long term Edelman employees have an unrealistic view on where Edelman stands in the talent market space. News flash folks: people are not dying to work for Edelman, or anyone for that matter, as they used to especially while having to endure a horrible culture and unfair treatment. If you are diverse (non-white, particularly African American), forget about getting ahead on hard work and merit because If you don't schmooze you lose. I've witnessed prejudicial treatment on so many levels. And before someone from HR reads this and thinks they want to comment on how diverse the company is becoming...let's take out the statistic on women because women dominate the PR/communication industry. What diversity initiatives actually yield INCLUSION? People are dropping off in droves. If you know someone at Edelman, particularly in the south offices, ask them about it.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership has to go. EVP and up or they need a wake up call. How can you see your entire employee base in shambles, people are very vocal about how unhappy they are and yet leaders do nothing. The turnover is putting a huge strain on everyone from clients to infrastructure teams. Build up your employees and maybe they will stay. Don't comment about "growth" because this isn't growth. This is a serious decline and you can choose to ignore it or deal with it head on. Take responsibility and work towards a solution. Top talent is not easily replaced especially in today's market. People can literally go ANYWHERE. What's the value proposition to stay at Edelman?

    Edelman Response

    Mar 21, 2019 – Edelman

    As the head of Human Resources, you have my attention. I take the issues you've mentioned seriously and share your interest in focusing on inclusion as well as diversity, in addition to addressing... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Experience to Learn from Extremely Smart Individuals"

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    Former Employee - New Business Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - New Business Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Access to incredible mentors throughout the company
    Ability to work across multiple teams
    Great, enthusiastic and smart people

    Cons

    Intern hourly pay too low
    The hierarchical system

    Edelman Response

    Feb 11, 2019 – Edelman

    Thank you for your review-I'm glad to hear you had great exposure and mentors to learn from. Maria O'Keeffe, Executive Director US HR


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Selfish leadership. Focused on making bonuses rather than doing good work. A high school culture."

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great client brands and no push back on expense reports.

    Cons

    Mean people culture. Watch your back.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about the people than the money going to NY.

    Edelman Response

    Mar 11, 2019 – Edelman

    Thank you for sharing your feedback. I'm sorry your experience included these negative elements. Please reach out to me if you'd like to expand on your review and provide any specifics. I'm at... More