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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. "Great opportunities, people and clients"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Really entrepreneurial, fun, hard working place you can learn from the best in the business.

    Cons

    Can look too internally at times.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to the values and principles the business was built on


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Account Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SAE in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - SAE in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the clients you work with are big names, the benefits are OK, and you have the stability of a large firm.

    Cons

    Avoid Edelman. No innovative spirit whatsoever, a lot of meetings about nothing, loads of unnecessary bureaucracy, way too much hesitation to challenge clients on bad ideas, bad office culture that values time sitting at your desk over actual output.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganization for the sake of it is bad. Stop.


  3. "Super"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Executive in Mumbai (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to work

    Cons

    No cons. It's a great place


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  5. "Great Place to Learn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of Opportunities to Learn & Grow.
    Senior management willing to trust and give full ownership to juniors.
    A+ training and assistance in case required.

    Cons

    Too strict in terms of adhering to deadlines and hence can create intense pressure environment. This in a way helps to develop skills required to work in a fast paced environment.

    Advice to Management

    Have regular one on one sessions with the employees to gauge their status.


  6. "senior management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    brand recognization for edelman and still attracks top clients

    Cons

    dysfunctional culture, the company doesn't know who they want to be - success isn't about skill - incredibly political and lack of transparency

    Advice to Management

    take a look at who is in charge and how you measure success and figure out who you want to be - you are quickly destroying a company that was an industry jewel...


  7. "Assistant Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience
    Good exposure in the industry
    Well Known company

    Cons

    Depends on your team how much you will like your job ( similar to many jobs )
    Long work hours, demand alot of employees


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Unhappy Veterans"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Solid IP, strong global footing

    Cons

    Prefers to sweeten the deal for newcomers in the revolving door; doesn't prioritise long-standing employees.


  9. "Great starting point but not a company for the long haul"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Knowledgeable and experienced peers, who are passionate about their work. An ideal place for someone who wants to learn the ropes about the industry quickly.
    - Great, young energy with lots of passionate co-workers.

    Cons

    - Lack of focus, spreading resources too thinly and as a result, clients are unhappy with the quality of work because employees have too many accounts and don't have the time or energy to be good PR consultants.
    - Career progression is not based on your capabilities. Promotions are given to appease disgruntled employees who are well liked by senior management, not on merit.
    - No work life balance or real, tangible attempts to alleviate this problem despite talking about it all the time (all initiatives to help this was merely lip service).
    - Pay is grossly below the average and HR/line managers use the brand name as the trade off.
    - Although the Edelman culture is distinct and the office has a great energy, bad elements of the culture (e.g. being a sweatshop/ new business first, employee second) is sadly, not addressed.

    Advice to Management

    You have great people working for the company who are not valued. Be courageous enough to implement initiatives that are actually enforced and that put the employee first.


  10. Helpful (1)

    ""Diversity" without inclusion is like having a book without reading it."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I can't think of any.

    Cons

    -Subtle behavior is used to drive minorities (especially AA) out of the firm
    -Lots of negative subconscious (non-blatant) bias against minorities in general
    -No effort put in by HR, senior leadership, or HQ toward creating an environment that is actually inclusive
    -No safe spaces/very low morale of minorities in the office

    Advice to Management

    Just because most are afraid to speak up and fear retaliation, please know that we are very aware of what is going on in this office. It is toxic and demeaning every single day.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "I quit Edelman, I don't regret"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing really. Can't recall any pros.

    Cons

    - Horrible corporate culture
    - Bad relationships/communication between teams
    - They are looking for employees to "think outside of the box" to make them fill out ExCell sheets
    - To work here you're don't really have to be talented, just good management skills will work.
    - No point of going an extra mile, Senior Management won't appreciate this, the only thing they care about is budgets.


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