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Updated April 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Edelman has a great work life balance (in 86 reviews)

  • great and smart people to work with (in 96 reviews)

Cons
  • work/life balance isn't a top priority for management (in 224 reviews)

  • The pay is just sufficient despite the long hours you work (in 145 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Great company for smart, hard working people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (1)

    "Intern"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Edelman has good team culture and great clients that allow interns to learn a lot about the fast-paced environment of an agency and the Pr industry in general.

    Cons

    You will be expected to work late nights and sometimes even during the weekends, which makes it hard to have time for yourself and family.

    Advice to Management

    Managers were friendly and approachable

    Edelman Response

    Apr 24, 2017 – Edelman

    Thanks for your review. It's great to hear how much you learned and that you had managers you could partner with to make your experience a positive one. I hope your experience of working weekends and ... More


  3. "Great company and wonderful culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Edelman in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Edelman in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company culture is amazing-- people work hard and care about their work but have a great work/life balance

    Cons

    none that I can think of

    Edelman Response

    Mar 3, 2017 – Edelman

    Thank you for your wonderful review! Maria O'Keeffe, Executive Director, U.S. HR


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - 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

    Lots of room to move up and around. Lots of opportunities and clients. Established HR system.

    Cons

    Very rigid raise and promotion process since it's a large company. Difficult to move up without being aggressive.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Edelman"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategic Planner and Branding in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Strategic Planner and Branding in Washington, DC

    I worked at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Exposed to top companies/clients/accounts, both national and international.
    Work with really smart, talented and driven people.
    You will learn a lot if you set yourself to it -- no one will baby you, this is the real world.

    Make good connections! Take advantage of "coffee dates."
    If you don't get promoted, more than likely someone there will know someone else who might be willing to hire you.
    Become good friends with the HR peeps -- they can help.

    Don't treat interns badly, they might end up being your coworkers soon.

    Cons

    Long, long, long hours for the compensation. Don't expect to sit around and leave when you're supposed to.
    Don't not expected to get promoted just because people like you and you are a talented, hard worker, it really just depends on the business at time.

    Advice to Management

    Know who is worth keeping -- talented people have been let go because of lack of resources.

    Edelman Response

    Feb 21, 2017 – Edelman

    Thank you for your thoughtful review. It sounds like you've truly embraced the entrepreneurial spirit that Edelman strives to cultivate! I appreciate you sharing your observations about where we can ... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Solid Company with ethics"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Clients are taken care of and the advisors are experienced. Upper management encourages helping all clients no matter if they have investable money or not. The mission is educating people. Also Ric's books are given away free in an effort to educate.

    Cons

    No company is perfect but I cannot think of a meaningful area where the company is lacking. Clients get good and consistent advice.

    Advice to Management

    I trust that our leaders will continue to guide the firm through an industry that is changing rapidly due to technology.

    Edelman Response

    Jan 19, 2017 – Edelman

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful review. It's great to be recognized for the efforts we are making to keep the firm at the forefront of the rapidly changing global landscape. Maria O'Keeffe ... More


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Account Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the culture (ice cream Fridays, Lunch & Learns), big-name clients, exciting campaign work and opportunities to move around

    Cons

    the pay is low for junior staff, while there is somewhat of a "work-life-balance", don't expect to work 9-to-5 as a junior staff.

    Advice to Management

    Pay junior level employees more for their work

    Edelman Response

    Dec 19, 2016 – Edelman

    Thank you for your review. We are thrilled to hear you are enjoying the culture in the Chicago office - it's a great place. And, you're right, it's not a 9-5 job, however I hope that you are still ... More


  9. "Account Executive"

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    • 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

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

    Pros

    Great sense of camaraderie. Co-workers are by far the best part about working at Edelman. We've become friends through our open floor seating, constant collaboration on cross-division projects, and team outings.

    Cons

    Salaries are low in PR.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure a work-life balance.

    Edelman Response

    Dec 19, 2016 – Edelman

    Thanks for the review. I agree that our people are one of the best things about working here and am thrilled that you are enjoying the camraderie and culture! Maria O'Keeffe, Executive Director ... More


  10. "Digital Design Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Amazing work opportunities and client interaction/responsibility.

    Cons

    The digital design department is facing some growing pains.


  11. "Vice President"

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

    Pros

    Great leadership, amazing job opportunities, focused on employee growth opportunities

    Cons

    Management is focused on bettering the culture. Being such a large office makes it more difficult for employees to connect.

    Edelman Response

    Sep 22, 2016 – Manager

    Hey - appreciate the feedback and agree tackling culture in a large office is tough. If you have any ideas of your own on how to improve it, please do share it with your local HR team. As always, we ... More


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