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Pros
  • Edelman has a great work life balance (in 86 reviews)

  • great and smart people to work with (in 98 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 147 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "a great place to work. amazing culture"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good work culture - attracts top-tier colleagues

    Cons

    rumors exist that the salaries at Edelman are slightly less generous than at comparable firms

    Advice to Management

    embrace the promise of the GWEN program - make it truly, practically impactful


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Smart People, Entrepreneurial Environment, Focus on Outstanding Strategic Thinking""

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to grow and learn at this huge "mom and pop" consultancy. I love the intelligence, passion and commitment of the people I work with, and the challenging assignments keep me engaged. Edelman's IP offering is a huge enhancement, helping all associates connect as part of a larger global conversation and offering something truly unique and valuable to clients and other stakeholders.

    Cons

    It's a very, very political place. The path to promotion is unclear and byzantine. And senior management is sometimes slow to correct or remove under-performing group heads and other leaders. It doesn't necessarily impact work on a day-to-day basis, but this swirl can begin to feel frustrating, and become a significant time suck.

    Advice to Management

    Pay very close attention to your practice group heads - especially in the shadow P&Ls. They need to be effective managers AND visionary leaders offering a clear strategic direction and plan to get there. This seems lacking at the moment, though there is some signs of movement in the right direction.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "High Turnover Makes It Hard To Keep Friends/Associates"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Get to work with great accounts and big budgets

    Cons

    Poor leadership at the local level. Richard is a rockstar but the branch management sucks. People keep leaving...

    Advice to Management

    Not my area of expertise... maybe take a look at where you came from and what made you so successful? Seems to have grown so large that they don't care anymore.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Intern program can be lacking"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Bioscience Communications Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Bioscience Communications Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Room to move up in the company, successful company, nice offices, company cares about its employees - wellness efforts

    Cons

    Fairly low pay, entry level includes lots of administrative work


  5. "good experience for a first job out of college"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits, work with major clients

    Cons

    Can get very repetitive boring


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Happy there but overworked. Need to hire more people."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great clients, smart honest company

    Cons

    Too little staff, spread too thin


  7. "Great Experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Edelman Digital Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Edelman Digital Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to learn all the relevant digital tools needed for social media monitoring. Edelman very much relies on its interns and because of that you get great work. You will also learn a lot about and do a lot with blogger engagement.

    Cons

    It doesn't pay a lot, however, it's sometimes hard to find paid internships at all in PR. Also, depending on the team you're on some interns put in a fair amount of overtime.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Local management revolving door"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Great clients (for now) and a lot of talented people at the staff level.

    Cons

    Great clients and great staff are overshadowed by a revolving door of incompetent local management. Just when you think the standards have hit bottom, a new low is reached. This is as of August, 2012. Maybe things will get better?

    Advice to Management

    If Edelman senior leaders care about the Portland office, please do some house cleaning!


  9. "Great place to work with great people!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Contractor - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere with fun people all of whom are great at their jobs.

    Cons

    This was a really good experience, no cons on this side


  10. "Excellent first agency experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The combination of global reputation, high profile clients, consistent growth, and talent development (and all this as an independently-owned firm) is simply unbeatable!

    Cons

    Junior level employees may have to be particularly proactive about receiving feedback on their work. Compensation is standard for similar agencies, but is relatively low for an entry-level college grad.