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Updated May 25, 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. Helpful (2)

    "Very good experience - Professional & fun."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Producer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Producer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big, established agency with big, established, long-term clients. Thoughtful, strategic & smart in business approach. Vast array of work and relatively diverse workforce.

    Cons

    Typical large agency complaints - takes a long time and way too many people to get simple things done, endless meetings about other meetings, annoying agency acronyms, conservative decision making, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Place more value in experience and character rather than pedigree. Promote from within, but week out the BSers.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 (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


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Opportunities, super smart people

    Cons

    Not everyone is easy to work with

    Edelman Response

    Dec 19, 2016 – Edelman

    Thank you for your feedback; I agree that we have really smart people at Edelman. And, you're right, when you put so many talented people together, there are bound to be people that are easier to ... More


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "NY Office Sucks"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SAS in New York, NY
    Current Employee - SAS in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues at peer level, full service firm, good training for AAE-SAE levels but then gets too specialized. Access to cutting edge offerings and if you luck out on a client, the work can be challenging in a good way.

    Cons

    Horrible leadership - disingenuous and full of lip service that they never walk the talk on. Thought it would be a good place for women to advance their careers but you only get ahead if you suck up and blindly agree with everything senior execs say. The female leaders are maybe the worst offenders and can be down right rude. If your not a working mom, your expected to work weekends and late nights without any acknowledgement or appreciation. Would not recommend this place to anyone wanting to build their career on merit and who doesn't want to brown nose their way up the ladder. Also, unless your a 'creative,' no one really cares about you, you won't get paid as much, and your job will basically be to pander to them and take care of grunt work.

    Advice to Management

    Make client account teams feel important, and don't be so hypocritical, preachy and insincere.

    Edelman Response

    Feb 21, 2017 – Edelman

    We value every one of the people who work so hard for our clients and the agency. Our hope is that Edelman is personally and professionally rewarding. Your experience and comments are important to ... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "An amazing place to learn and work alongside very smart people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    At Edelman you truly get to work with some of the smartest people in the business and gain great experience across an assortment of clientele. People want to see you succeed and will help you achieve your goals in any way possible.

    Cons

    Salary is on the lower end for junior level staff and there can be some late nights, but overall work-life balance is a top priority for Edelman.

    Edelman Response

    Dec 19, 2016 – Edelman

    Thanks for your wonderful review. We are very happy to hear that you are having a great experience. Work life balance is a huge priority for us at Edelman and it's wonderful to know that you ... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Typical of agency, but in good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn, AL
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. You are surrounded by brilliant, experienced, connected people. The exposure you get to your employees and top tier clients is unrivaled.
    2. If you have a good boss, you have a lot of clarity into the promotion process.

    Cons

    1. It's agency, so it's high pressure and competitive.
    2. It can be hard to get promoted.

    Edelman Response

    Dec 19, 2016 – Edelman

    Thanks for your review. It's always wonderful to hear when an employee is really enjoying his/her colleagues, work and manager. I would encourage you to have on going conversations with your ... More


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Digital Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Edelman provides a friendly environment to interns, is full of smart people, and grants interns the opportunity to touch several clients throughout their internship.

    Cons

    Edelman does not pay competitively for an internship in Atlanta, does not yet have the capabilities to offer many positions to interns, and requires interns to pay for their own parking if they drive.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise they be more up front when talking to interns about their chances of ultimately being hired into the company and work to make their rate more competitive with other internships in Atlanta

    Edelman Response

    Dec 19, 2016 – Edelman

    Thanks for your review and congrats on your internship. Edelman does hire most of our entry level talent from our intern class, but unfortunately there are normally more interns than open spots for ... More


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Group Creative Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Great environment to learn as a Junior to Mid level PR executive or manager.

    Cons

    Challenging environment for anyone being hired for non-core competencies of the group, such as advertising or Digital advertising (purely from a creative independence perspective).

    Advice to Management

    Transparency is required in interactions with employees.

    Edelman Response

    Dec 1, 2016 – Edelman

    Thanks for your review. As our business evolves, we're striving to create an experience that's equally as fulfilling for those bringing new capabilities to the firm as it is for those who work in ... More


  10. "Account Executive"

    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

    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


  11. Helpful (2)

    "SAS"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SAS in New York, NY
    Former Employee - SAS in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and great work life balance.

    Cons

    Depending on client and integrated team set-up, getting work done is sometimes difficult

    Edelman Response

    Dec 1, 2016 – Edelman

    Thanks for your review. We are so happy to hear that you like your colleagues and that you have work life balance-this is a huge priority for us. Be sure and share your observations about team ... More


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