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Updated November 15, 2018
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  • "care for their people; work life balance is respected from the top down" (in 92 reviews)

  • "Incredibly smart people who are at the cutting edge of the industry" (in 106 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Best place I've worked"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture provides a perfect work/life balance for me.
    My colleagues are some of the smartest and talented I have worked with.
    The MD is just amazing and he's leadership motivates and pushes staff to do the best.
    The learning and development programme, If you have the ambition to reach certain goals Edelman will help in any way they can.

    Cons

    As a creative its a challenge to change the way of P.R thinking, but i feel like we moving in the right direction.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing for more creative work and we will transform communication marketing.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Best Global Firm"

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

    I worked at Edelman full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Edelman is objectively the best global communications firm thanks to its privately-held structure, positive culture and willingness to celebrate high-achievers.
    - The D.C. and NYC offices both possess great client bases, especially in the financial sector.
    - When it comes to Financial Communications, it helps that Richard Edelman supports the practice
    - Legit opportunities for advancement
    - Thoughtful managers when they have time to get to know you one-on-one
    - Fair compensation and willingness to give meaningful raises when promoted
    - Depending on the practice you're in, Edelman will invest in professional development (e.g. conferences and trips)

    Cons

    - Edelman is probably too big right now at nearly 6,000 people
    - Too much focus on revenue over margin
    - Lack of focus on the basics (e.g. media relations, etc.)
    - Often times, weak senior talent at the VP-Practice Chair level doesn't get discovered as incompetent until after departures
    - FinComms leadership can sometimes be aloof and FinServ leadership seems to almost always lack the right sector expertise
    - Financial practice pays 15%-25% less than boutique peers

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose sight of the public relations basics given Edelman will never be an advertising firm. Be bold in terms of investing in the next generation of talent while cutting ties with overpaid senior staff that do not possess business generation skills.

    Edelman Response

    Sep 20, 2018 – Edelman

    Thanks for your thoughtful feedback! It's clear you experienced some of the great qualities of Edelman that I also value - positive culture, meaningful rewards, impressive client rosters, thoughtful... More

  3. "Mixed experience but great team"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to mentor and work with smart people who are eager to learn and grow. Opportunity in learning and pushing your thinking with creative ideas. Get to work on cool and high-profile clients, including those that make positive change. Benefits are standard.

    Cons

    Unfortunately having a bad manager can make/break a situation for a team. Long hours guaranteed (agency life), but if you survive this you can tackle anything.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to support good leaders and be more in-tune in moving out poor ones.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, but that's it."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun culture and smart, enthusiastic people.

    Cons

    - No work/life balance whatsoever. Expect long hours and weekends.
    - Shady clients. Don't work here if you want to make a positive difference in the world.
    - Demanding work environment.
    - High burnout rate.
    - Low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people when you see that entire teams are consistently overworked, and compensate them fairly. Take on clients that have some morality.


  5. "Good for resume but that's about it"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Market Research Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Market Research Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For recent grads this is a good place to start your career in communications or market research.
    Work with top name brands/project.
    Interns get paid over time but good luck trying to get those hours.
    Free amenities of working at a big company.
    A lot of down-time if you're into that.
    Really have to go out of your way to network/find work
    3 month internship but if you show interest you could stay the full 6 months.

    Cons

    Barely get any meaningful work as an intern so you may expect a lot of down time.
    Revolving door for interns, Edelman only hires a hand pick few.
    No diversity and its quite sad as they say they are "diverse"

    Edelman Response

    Oct 2, 2018 – Edelman

    Thanks for your review. Our interns often become our future leaders, competitors or clients and that’s why our internship program is designed to give real work experiences that are both positive and... More


  6. "Pros/Cons"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Benefits are great
    -CEO is amazing

    Cons

    -Long hours, everyone is over worked


  7. Helpful (1)

    "TOXIC work culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Exposure to different accounts and high-profile clients
    Resume builder/ experience
    Basic agency perks

    Cons

    Few effective leaders
    No work life balance everyone is overworked and miserable
    Lack of visibility/ inconsistency across all teams
    No real diversity
    Sexual harassment allegations
    Rigid hierarchical system
    High turnover and continues to get worse
    Lack of direction
    HR is useless

    Advice to Management

    Improve overall culture
    Proper training for leadership

    Edelman Response

    Oct 25, 2018 – Edelman

    Thank you for sharing this feedback. I'm disheartened to hear much of it, however, since we've worked hard to make team integration, diversity and inclusion, harassment prevention and other cultural... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good facilities and location,frequent get together,casual dressing

    Cons

    Rigid hierarchical system,poor work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Please keep things transparent

    Edelman Response

    Oct 2, 2018 – Edelman

    Thanks for your feedback. It's helpful as we consider improvements to be made. Maria O'Keeffe, Executive Director, US HR


  9. "Senior Account Executive"

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on many different accounts

    Cons

    Difficult to move up if you are not actively netwokring/advocating for yourself


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Fast paced. Worth it if you can keep up."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paid Media Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Paid Media Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - You learn so much, so fast.
    - 2-3 years in an ageny like this is like 5 years in-house
    - You get accustomed work under pressure
    - GM and leadership are great.
    - Solid benefits
    -Location is prime

    Cons

    - Hours are long. But if you spend your time efficiently you are out at 5.
    - If you don't put in the effortand can't keep up, it WILL be noticed and you won't last long here.
    - Pay could be better but is still competitive
    - There are alot of supervisors but not alot of mid-entry level. Can feel like alot of eyes are watching you when in reality they can't perform the same tasks.
    - The desk areas gives off a solid Office-Space vibe. Can be very dull.

    Advice to Management

    Make all departments evenly manned. Mandate office wide certifications on all of the common software used around the office so people actually understand what is going on in the other areas

    Edelman Response

    Sep 10, 2018 – Edelman

    Thanks for your feedback! You clearly learned a lot and I hope your time here was fulfilling and enjoyable. I appreciate you taking the time to share some advice and insights. Maria O'Keeffe... More


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