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Updated August 18, 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (12)

    "Great company for smart, hard working people"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I get to work with the smartest, most creative people in the business.

    If you know how to ask for opportunities - and can tie ideas back to how it will help the business - you'll succeed here.

    If you're willing to work longer hours for big new business opportunities or raise your hand for new opportunities, this is the place for you.

    If you're aggressive about finding a mentor and learning, you'll love Edelman.

    The Edelman brand has great cache.

    The network is huge - and the name recognition is excellent.

    Cons

    I am disappointed to see some of the other reviews; the experiences they describe are so different than mine. I do think Edelman is only for a certain type of person. No one is going to give you a roadmap for your career at Edelman - you really need to carve your own path.

    Edelman Response

    Apr 27, 2017 – Edelman

    Thanks for your glowing review! I agree; Edelman is a special place with endless opportunities for proactive, hard-working people. I appreciate your feedback. Maria O'Keeffe, Executive Director, U.S... More


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Good not great"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing resources that are always available to you. Pride in working for a company that is a leader in the industry. The variety and types of clients Edelman has can't be beat.

    Cons

    It's extremely difficult to move to other teams and offices even if your interest and strengths lie elsewhere

    Edelman Response

    Aug 11, 2017 – Edelman

    Thanks for your review! It's so nice to hear from employees who are as proud of working at Edelman as I am. I hope you'll work with your local HR team if you're not currently in a position that suits... More

  3. "Collaborative and creative place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart and creative people. Welcoming and supportive environment.

    Cons

    Open floor plan may be less ideal for some.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Assistants and Administrative Assistants Stay Away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Edelman full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, culture, work/life balance

    Cons

    Administrative Staff has to deal with a Manager who is backstabbing and unable to keep confidential information to herself. Administrative Assistants have no room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Get an Administrative Manager who is seasoned. As long as you have current Administrative Manager, Admins will keep leaving. It's so bad there, Admins leave without having another job lined up.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Account Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazingly smart people, fun atmosphere, great clients, incredible work and accounts

    Cons

    Long hours, horrible pay, little recognition, takes a while to move up

    Advice to Management

    Junior staff does 80% of the work. Appreciate them or they'll leave.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Assistant Account Executive"

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    • 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


  7. Helpful (14)

    "Fingers crossed the newer Digital leads will clean house"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive President who will hopefully take this PR firm into the Digital future. Beautiful location, free ice cream and other basic agency perks you find elsewhere.

    Cons

    The "Mean Girls environment" that one reviewer stated is 100% true especially on the Chicago Consumer team. They are the worst, very exclusive and borderline bullying attitude. Collectively, the behavior seems like those so fearful of not "getting" digital and losing their relevance that they treat any from a real digital background as second class citizens. This behavior is apparent from the top - down. From AAEs all the way up to the SVP/EVPs. I think that Edelman works more on investment plans to find room for PR folks on Digital SOWs then profitable work. It's not sustainable for an agency with already record high billable rates.

    Advice to Management

    There is promise there - they just have to clean house with the old guard holding on for dear life.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Senior Vice President"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong growth culture across the board

    Cons

    Senior Leadership is not inspiring

    Advice to Management

    Quit creating more and ore made-up titles to pacify the career goals of middle management.

    Edelman Response

    Aug 11, 2017 – Edelman

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate the feedback. Maria O'Keeffe, Executive Director, US HR


  9. "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


  10. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits and great culture. Producing the best work in the industry.

    Cons

    Process and procedure can be limiting.


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