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Updated March 26, 2017
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Pros
  • The company culture is amazing-- people work hard and care about their work but have a great work/life balance (in 84 reviews)

  • great and smart people to work with (in 94 reviews)

Cons
  • Not the easiest for work/life balance (in 214 reviews)

  • Long hours, occasionally have to work weekends (in 135 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    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.


  2. "Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are fantastic: friendly, smart and hard working.
    Clients are multinational companies.
    Offices worldwide, flexibility to work remotely when needed

    Cons

    Work life balance is not great, lots of work, not a 9-5 job
    Don't get that much PTO, gets better with seniority
    PR doesn't pay so well

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your office's hiring needs to improve work life balance

    Edelman Response

    Feb 21, 2017 – Edelman

    Thank you for your thoughtful review. I'm thrilled to hear that you are enjoying your Edelman experience. You are correct, it's not a 9-5 job, however we are always looking for ways to improve work ... More


  3. "Sr. Digital PM"

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

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

    Pros

    Digital is a great department. The team is solid, and has innovative/creative ideas. We work on all types of work include social, experiential, activations, influencer marketing, product marketing, brand strategy and more! PM's oversee several accounts at once, and own the budgeting, planning, scoping, timeline phases of the process through production. Things get hectic, but, partnership with the account team, finance and creative is good - think the people and types of client projects make the work fun and worthwhile (despite the occasional long hours).

    Cons

    Long hours, occasionally have to work weekends.
    Shifting priorities with client scopes and needs - really have to manage expectations with account leads
    meetings!

    Advice to Management

    Like it! None.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Edelman"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends

    I worked at Edelman (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible experience, mentorship, fun and fast-paced working environment

    Cons

    Occasionally work some extra hours

    Edelman Response

    Feb 21, 2017 – Edelman

    Thank you for your review. I'm thrilled to hear you had a great internship experience. Maria O'Keeffe, Executive Director, US HR


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Solid Company with ethics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    "Account Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategic Planning Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Strategic Planning Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best PR/Communications agency in the UK

    Cons

    Very dynamic agency not for everyone, but great for dynamic people


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Environment/Clients, Horrible Pay/Work-Life Balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Edelman really does hire the best, and in turn gets the best clients. The work we do is incredible. Everyone is so smart, passionate and on their game -- it's great to be around. There are really great resources and people in the network with every specialty of knowledge who are willing to help you. The integrated communications marketing approach is excellent, compared to other agencies, because you can offer and tap social specialists, paid specialists, research specialists, creatives, whatever you want, in-house. It can be easy or difficult to move to different practice areas or clients, all depending on your manager.

    Cons

    The work life balance is horrid. I'm personally very burnt out after 1.5 years and the pay is eh. Especially in the bay area, Edelman pays just the median for junior staff. It all totally depends on your assigned client mix though- some people have it easy, and some have it really hard... luck of the draw. Like other agencies, people dont build very deep friendships at work or really let their hair down. There's also a fairly high turn over rate - people are coming and going all the time

    Advice to Management

    Pay your staff better and they will actually stick around. I could deal with the bad work-life balance if I at least felt competitively compensated.

    Edelman Response

    Feb 21, 2017 – Edelman

    I’m happy you are finding the client work engaging and are getting to tap into so many of the experts at Edelman. But I’m very sorry to hear you feel the work/life balance is poor. We try very hard ... More


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Assistant Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are extremely intelligent and creative people here that will contribute to some of the industry's best work. There is some great camaraderie within each of the practices (although not really between the practices). Also it's a great place to learn the PR ropes if you're an intern or early-employee.

    Cons

    Your experience here really depends on the team you're on. I personally had a terrible experience with my boss and team and since I was an entry-level employee, my concerns were not addressed or recognized appropriately with both the operations teams or HR.

    Additionally, I feel as though big-agency lifestyle does not foster room for professional growth for entry-level employees as there is such high-turnover in the industry. Entry-levelers are often looked down upon by senior staff in terms of speaking up to insert their ideas. If you are an AAE in consumer, you're probably shipping product and organizing excels/decks for most of the time, rather than getting hands-on experience in PR.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your junior staff more and utilize their bright minds from the get-go. Edelman hires extremely intelligent individuals because the work that Edelman does is top-notch, but there is a huge culture failure and HIGH burn-out rate that will lead employees to seek better opportunities.

    Edelman Response

    Jan 19, 2017 – Edelman

    Thank you so much for your detailed review. Your observations and feedback are important to us. Our entry level employees are critical to the success of the firm. We are always looking to ensure ... More


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work, but long road to proper promotions"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Young, fun work environment. Most who work here are intelligent, eloquent and love what they do. There are multiple team bonding activities and events to get to know your peers.

    Cons

    Top heavy management that rely on junior staff to do their job for half the pay.

    Advice to Management

    Promote junior staff in a timely manner! Postponing a promotion when they are "nearly there" vs. having faith in their competencies is just discouraging and causes a lot of turnover.



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