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Updated January 11, 2019
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  • "care for their people; work life balance is respected from the top down" (in 93 reviews)

  • "Incredibly smart people who are at the cutting edge of the industry" (in 107 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "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 (4)

    "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. "Come to LA"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm in LA. Great leadership team. Great client list. Good momentum. Transparent about performance and what is happening in the network and the industry. We're proud of our performance.

    Cons

    Pace is fast and at times can be hard to keep everyone up with expectations. It's hard to quickly access new resources and hiring in our market can be slow. Seems to be hard to find good talent to join in the market.

    Advice to Management

    Keep talking to us about priorities and reward us for our wins.


  4. "High caliber learning environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Immersion Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Immersion Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced and ability to grow and learn quickly

    Cons

    A little cut throat and nepotistic in the sense that a lot decisions are made based on relationships


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Vice President"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Edelman is a fantastic place to begin a career, especially if one's boss is an active advocate for their professional development. You will meet people and have a host of experiences that can propel one's career -- clients come to Edelman with interesting and unique problems, and there are genuinely smart people to call colleagues to tackle these problems.

    Day-to-day, it's generally a pleasure to work at Edelman in Washington, D.C..

    Cons

    The insurance is downright horrible and our deductible has gone up rather significantly (good luck finding a doctor for something as simple as a physical accepting new patients that accepts it), so are the 401K benefits, which vests after 3 years at a maximum of 60 percent matching (up to 4 percent of salary), which is not competitive. Pay increases has not kept pace with the increase of costs of medical/other costs.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, but may have to go to grow"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company and best of the best for PR agencies

    Cons

    Junior-level pay is not competitive

    Advice to Management

    Promote all great talent equally


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Edelman Atlanta office is going down"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, casual work environment, exposure to leadership

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations from clients and internal employees, no such thing as balance, toxic culture perpetuated by leadership, everyone is passive aggressive in their management styles. I could go on and on. Good place to start a career and then leave for a more realistic, respectable place.

    Advice to Management

    Wipe out entire leadership team specifically local leaders and start fresh. Listen and watch. Recognize why your loyal employees are leaving at an alarming rate.

    Edelman Response

    Dec 21, 2018 – Edelman

    Thank you for your review. I know that our Atlanta office has been experiencing significant growth and sometimes that can be a double edged sword - expectations and deliverables can feel... More

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good for getting a start in PR"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    you'll learn a lot really quickly

    Cons

    work/life balance; extremely challenging environment for a new mom; pay and benefits are unimpressive. bonuses are unsubstantial and often years they are nothing.

    Advice to Management

    need to think about how you will enable women to be able to start families while meeting the demands of an agency job

    Edelman Response

    Dec 14, 2018 – Edelman

    I'm disappointed to hear you felt challenged as a new mom at Edelman. While we offer a variety of programs, benefits and flexibility to accommodate this significant life transition, I know that it's... More


  9. "Mixed experience but great team"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

    Edelman Response

    Nov 26, 2018 – Edelman

    Thanks for your thoughtful feedback. It sounds like you experienced some long hours, but were able to balance it well with creative, engaging work. You're right about a manager playing a big role in... More


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Good people, but that's it."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.