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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. Helpful (1)

    "Edelman"

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    • 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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very smart people, great reputation and compelling thought leadership

    Cons

    Can be slightly bureacratic
    do not compensate well and lose talent to other firms as a result


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Best Job I've Ever Had With The Industry's Smartest People"

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

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    *Entreprenuerial culture allows independent thinkers to thrive
    *Stragetic risk-taking is rewarded and supported
    *You will never be the smartest person in the room. Trust me, I was at many other big agencies
    *Encourages you to build a personal brand and will generally give you the tools you need to get the job done

    Cons

    *If you like to focus on mentoring junior staff, you are often in the minority of your peers
    *Career planning/coaching for senior team members is limited at best
    *There are office poliitics. It's an office - get used to it -- but it can be very discouraging
    *They encourage you to recruit new employees and then it's a nightmare

    Advice to Management

    The inventory goes down the elevator every night. Make sure to coach, mentor and appreciate team members at every level.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Leading the way in PR"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great collection of talent in both senior ranks and junior ranks.
    No ideas are bad ideas; very open environment to speak your mind and let your voice be heard.
    If egos are present, they are not out in the open; people work together to get the job done as a team.
    The company consistently attracts, retains and wins big name clients.

    Cons

    The hours can be long at times, especially for the compensation.
    Sometimes things can feel a bit corporate, as people get tied to their desks and their personal work.
    Creativity and improvisation are always welcome for discussion, but are often not actualized due to strict adherence to previously client-approved plans.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be open and honest about the direction of the company.
    Place more attention towards Edelman's personal brand: more dollars towards company website, corporate innovation and building a creative, dynamic company culture.


  4. "Excellent place to learn from the best and grow in your career!"

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

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

    Pros

    Many great things about Edelman: working with the best in the industry, mentorship programs, tuition reimbursement, company culture that consists of 2 company outings a year as well as monthly happy hours, and much more!

    Cons

    Not necessarily a con, but this is a fast paced work environment! Be ready to be incredibly organized and an Outlook calendar pro!

    Advice to Management

    Simple feedback goes a long way - continue to share with your direct reports so we can continually improve!


  5. "Best place to build a career in PR"

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    • 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

    Hands down the best place to build a career in PR; ability to work on major global brands; access to the best proprietary resources and research; relatively competitive salaries and benefits; ability to work from and experience various offices within the network; culture is great in most offices

    Cons

    Edelman's a huge firm, so you can easily feel overwhelmed - there's a lot of PR you need to do for yourself to get noticed, but managers for the most part are your advocates; account teams are very large and you may only have one or two, so it's easy to paint yourself into a corner

    Advice to Management

    Make sure junior staff are able to interact with senior leads on a fairly regular basis; ensure salaries are competitive for the regions we live in


  6. "A community of brilliant individuals who genuinely like working with one another"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Like any workplace, Edelman Digital is all about the people. Luckily, the work force consists of some of the brightest and most driven people in the industry-- without any of the competitiveness or petty infighting of other agencies. With an open floor plan, horizontal account structure, and a cheerful, collaborative culture, it's a fun place to work where talent and hard work are recognized and rewarded. More attention is paid to creative thinking than job titles, and great work comes out of the tight-knit teams. The Digital crew may work hard, but they also play hard and have a lot of fun together both in and out of the office.

    Cons

    As with any agency, work/life balance can definitely get to be an issue-- but supervisors go out of their way to provide comp days, bonuses even at a junior level, and positive recognition when you're working long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  7. "I never want to work anywhere else."

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing company culture, working with the best minds in the industry, true sense of teamwork, ability to get involved in multiple meaningful projects, pride in the work

    Cons

    Sometimes not enough accountability from senior leaders; some can be overworked and cranky

    Advice to Management

    Some senior managers get so caught up in the fast-paced nature of the business that they forget to recognize the work of those who helped them get there.

  8. "Rewarding Firm with an Excellent Network of PR Pros"

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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 management and HR team dedicates time and resources to ensure a smooth transition from previous employment. Its company objectives foster an educational culture and assists employees in producing reward-winning results for clients.

    Cons

    Work can become demanding and require more of your time than expected. Being a goal-oriented company, the end is always top-of-mind. With that said, be prepared to over service your client in order to produce the best possible results for all parties.

    Advice to Management

    Allow the junior- to mid-level employees to get involved in seeking new business. It creates a sense of ownership for the employee.


  9. "Great place to work and gain experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, friendly coworkers, room to grow, creative workplace, ability to work remotely

    Cons

    Long hours which makes work/life balance difficult to maintain


  10. "Amazing people, amazing opportunities at large firm"

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

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

    Pros

    Edelman is great because it has a large global network, is family owned, is an independent company, full of friendly people, and there are many opportunities to network and meet new people.

    Cons

    There are obvious cons that are common across all agencies, such as work-life balance and lower compensation.