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Edelman Senior Vice President Reviews

Updated April 12, 2017
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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. Featured Review

    Helpful (8)

    "Great company for smart, hard working people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I get to work with the smartest, most creative people in the business.

    If you know how to ask for opportunities - and can tie ideas back to how it will help the business - you'll succeed here.

    If you're willing to work longer hours for big new business opportunities or raise your hand for new opportunities, this is the place for you.

    If you're aggressive about finding a mentor and learning, you'll love Edelman.

    The Edelman brand has great cache.

    The network is huge - and the name recognition is excellent.

    Cons

    I am disappointed to see some of the other reviews; the experiences they describe are so different than mine. I do think Edelman is only for a certain type of person. No one is going to give you a roadmap for your career at Edelman - you really need to carve your own path.

    Edelman Response

    Apr 27, 2017 – Edelman

    Thanks for your glowing review! I agree; Edelman is a special place with endless opportunities for proactive, hard-working people. I appreciate your feedback. Maria O'Keeffe, Executive Director, U.S... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "The largest for a reason"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great support system. Incredible talent. Strong leadership - but can depend on your location. Very good culture in most offices - especially places like San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago. No better place to cut your teeth. Great, great clients. Very strong creative and digital chops. Entrepreneurial.

    Cons

    Conflicts of interest can be counter productive. Very NY centered - making professional growth outside of NY challenging. Executive leadership can be a hit or miss with some overly ambitious.

    Advice to Management

    Work hard to be less NY centered as your best people are actually not there.

    Edelman Response

    Mar 3, 2017 – Edelman

    Thanks so much for your thoughtful review. I'm really pleased to hear what you love about Edelman. I think our culture is great, too! No matter what size office an employee sits in, we try to ensure... More

  3. Helpful (10)

    "great company overall, west coast management needs serious help."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Client roster is excellent. Senior level clients are incredibly smart, focused and driven.
    Being independently owned allows the company to act for the long term and experiment, rather than focus so heavily on quarterly numbers.
    Mid-level staff (VP) and below are energetic, smart and genuinely seem to want to do the best they can.

    Cons

    “Optics” far outweigh "results".
    Speaking for the West Coast, one of the most political environments I have ever seen. Riddled with managers who seem to have never managed before.
    Senior management – especially in general marketing disciplines (not traditional PR) – seem to think their job is to spend on lunches, drinks, hotels and to parade around losses disguised as wins (read: low budget, mid level, one time project work that loses money. Client retreats after underwhelming work due to poor setup and poorly managed expectations.)
    Incredibly poor hiring track record for key roles: Consistently hiring (and then within a year firing) the wrong people with the wrong skill sets who are given the wrong responsibilities and the wrong reporting structure. It’s damaging to culture, morale and the work every single time.
    Promotions and raises are predicted (accurately) based on social media posts of senior management’s after work drinking buddies.
    Very cliquey.

    Advice to Management

    Look past the first layer who reports to you. Dig into who really grew the client, won the pitch, built the relationship, came up with the concept.
    Move promotion and raise decisions to committees outside of direct managers to combat favoritism.
    Look at track record of success and failures and promote/replace appropriately.
    Pay attention to North American feedback in glassdoor – pretty consistent in terms of work life balance, pay and especially politics.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Edelman Berland: West Coast"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast-moving.
    High-profile clients.
    Work that has impact.
    Entrepreneurial environment.
    Work-hard, play-hard.
    Profile of West Coast team improving.
    Growing team.
    Relationship with Edelman is positive

    Cons

    Workload can be heavy at times.
    Occasional long hours.
    Some unstructured working (just make it happen!).
    Introverted personalities sometimes get overlooked.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to position Research and Analytics as central to good marketing.
    Clarify offering to clients.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Edelman, and yet it is not Edelman, and is sometimes confusing for that reason"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top clients, some staffers are smart, opportunity to learn if you want it.

    Cons

    Work is somewhat disconnected from the main company and in the case of clients, from the client bottom line concerns.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganize and build a more cohesive structure. Communicate more with the rank and file.


  6. "Senior Vice President"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Opportunities for growth
    -Incredible clients
    -Smart, hard working colleagues
    -Vision backed by CEO's investment and puts his money where his mouth is.

    Cons

    It's a demanding place to work and if you're not careful, your work/life balance will get away from you. Set parameters and stick by them. Everyone has families and this is a family firm...

    Advice to Management

    Increase junior salaries. Brutal to lose a great talent to another firm who is just a little bit higher in salary. Be willing to pay a bit more for someone you want.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Pit of Vipers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Still a great executive management team. Fantastic talent across the global network and blue chip clients offering amazing opportunities for strategic and creative work.

    Cons

    Horrible management at group head and MD levels. Manipulative and divisive, they breed a culture of paranoia and insecurity, then wonder why bad behaviors start to manifest. Boys club mentality, with misogynistic undertones - feels punitive for women with strong opinions. Management plays favorites and career progression not merit based but based on politics. Overall not a supportive environment. Feels like leadership is always trying to take others down or build a case against people. No support or coaching for staff at VP or SVP levels. Low pay, bad work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying. Start treating your employees like human beings. Invest time and resources into helping develop your talent instead of trying hard to crush people's confidence. Work to create a meritocracy and be more transparent in your decision making processes.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Vice President"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great client work, diverse resources available

    Cons

    political, bad culture, low compensation, favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Start to treat employees like people again.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Snake pit"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Edelman full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some bright and talented people there

    Cons

    Highly political, hang on to your clients or they'll be poached by your own 'colleagues'

    Advice to Management

    Try telling the truth


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good company, good experience and big clients. Perfect start for anyone wanting to get big agency experience."

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

    I worked at Edelman part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Big agency experience, good clients

    Cons

    Very political and seems that only men are in the super senior positions (there a FEW key women - but it's mostly men).