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Edelman Reviews

Updated June 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 146 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to start a career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is room for growth, mentorship opportunities and career development options for junior staff across the board.

    Cons

    Very little negative to say - the name gets you places and the client roster can't be beat.


  2. "Great company, great people"

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

    I worked at Edelman (More than a year)

    Pros

    Edelman produces great work for its clients. Much of it in part because of how it treats its employees, like family.

    Cons

    Like any other agency, the culture is hyper focused on titles. This in turn creates imbalanced workloads and interesting office culture. Employees can also be paid better.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! The company is doing great things, the only thing that needs to follow is the appropriate pay for each employee.

  3. "vice president"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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

    Pros

    Smart people, good management, family-friendly culture

    Cons

    Intense pace, lack of focus on career development lead to high levels of attrition

    Advice to Management

    invest more in people


  4. Helpful (2)

    "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 Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Edelman give you many opportunities to grow and get a mentor within the company - great company to work for.

    Cons

    As with many entry level PR job, the hours are long and the pay is short and that is it.


  5. "Account Supervisor"

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

    Pros

    the people, companies values, office is nice, good perks

    Cons

    work-life balance is a little hard but this is pretty much any agency


  6. "The people make this company"

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

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

    Pros

    The people - you are surrounded by people who strive for the best work and are truly passionate about what they do.

    Cons

    Not really a con -- It's tough and competitive. There is no room for mediocrity.

    Advice to Management

    Continue transparency.


  7. "Edelman Thoughts"

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the most creative and exciting work you will ever do is at this agency. They try to keep employees happy - parties, happy hours, bagels, etc.

    Cons

    Because there is such a degree of excellence to this job, the work-life balance can be a little lacking. The review process also needs a serious overhaul.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge when people are not meeting up to the standards of excellence

  8. "The BEST Organization I ever had the privilege to work for"

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

    I worked at Edelman (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Support from EVERYONE, coworkers and management alike

    Cons

    Temporary role, would love to work there full time


  9. "Great People!"

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

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

    Pros

    The people that worked at Edelman remain some of my most favorite people on earth. The company, while corporate, really encouraged their employees to get along and love each other... which was great for when there were late nights. I even love some of my former clients!

    Cons

    Some really really really long hours. There were a few times that I was at the office well past midnight.

    Advice to Management

    none.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Very disappointing experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The relatively new office for Edelman Seattle (November 2014) offers spectacular views of the city while you regularly work 60+ hour weeks. The location of the office is conveniently downtown near numerous modes of public transport. There are smart, talented people, but that depends solely on your team. Edelman does have a great internal education program and health benefits.

    Cons

    The pay must increase to keep up with the increasing cost of living in the City of Seattle, particularly for junior staff. It is disappointing how many hours people would work for little compensation. At the very least offer a bus pass discount, as a majority of Seattle employees commute to work by bus. The work culture is uptight and stuffy to the point where I consistently felt like I was walking on eggshells. Teams, particularly on technology accounts, were cliquey and I was subjected to unprofessional behavior because of my junior position. Favoritism was rampant, particularly among mid and senior-level staff. Teams were weirdly staffed and senior management paid attention to only the larger, more prestigious accounts. Simply put, working here will drain you both mentally and physically.

    Advice to Management

    Treat junior executives with more respect, as they will ultimately become the future leaders of the company. Loosen up the culture and allow people to be themselves and more work from home opportunities. Depending on your team, I noticed many mid and senior-level executives did not assist junior staff in growing, which creates an evolving trap door of talent. Mid-level management, particularly Account Supervisors and Senior Account Executives must recognize that it is their responsibility to help colleagues both junior and senior to achieve team success. Offer better pay and benefits to keep up with the increasing cost of living. Senior management must spread their time and energy across ALL accounts.


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