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Edelman Vice President Reviews

Updated March 6, 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. 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


  2. Helpful (6)

    "It's O.K. but for an agency "O.K." means dying."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The offices are pretty nice: clean, mostly quiet with a lot of opportunities for social zones.

    Office equipment is top notch especially computer hardware: however, the software is terrible usually with offices and divisions sharing a scant number of licenses or seats that would allow employees to take themselves to the next game.

    Client roster is impressive but any medium-sized advertising or tech agency can easily steal most of their clients. I know because I'm leaving to go to a smaller firm that's opening up a PR shop in two or three months.

    Cons

    Most of the employees aren't particularly bright: they don't know any software program other than Powerpoint. In fact, most of them don't even know Powerpoint really well. So, it's hard to give clients "the best" when an account executive in Digital doesn't know the difference between Photoshop and Microsoft Paint.

    You'll quickly find this out when an executive is standing in front of a room of some of the world's wealthiest, smartest, and powerful people with a presentation that looks like a hot mess. It's because, I swear, when it comes to pitches, proposals, wireframes and prototypes... the company employs like seven whole designers at any given moment.

    And parts of the senior leadership claims to be experts in esoteric and dubious advertising and marketing "sciences" but can't even write a lick of code. And we're not even talking about real programming. They don't even know how to do a regression analysis in Excel much less write a function in python or tweak the CSS of a site.

    And that makes it hard to sell to your clients when you don't even know what a KPI is, how to track it or the technology that makes it work. As they move into this "communications marketing" model, everyone should have a basic working knowledge of modern technology in the context of marketing, advertising and media. That means the company is paying an executive a large sum of money that everyone else has to produce and work even more to pay for these wastes of space.

    Certain employees are there because of nepotism. They're even worse than the know-nothings. That's because they are so insanely stupid they haven't even realized they were hired because of a family friend, spouse or they are related to the client. So, they think they actually know things. These people are morale and profit blackholes. I'm not sure why they aren't locked away on their own floor never to interact with the employees who actually work and are there based off merit but if you have to keep them, isolate them off to their own existence.

    They also claim you can apply inside of the company and grow as an individual but I've seen about 2 whole people move divisions in the 3-plus years I've been here.

    Advice to Management

    In all sincerity, I think you need to spend more time pushing your employees to show they are capable of growing and expanding Edelman as we wander farther into the digital and data-driven realm and fire or train those who don't. Also, you should probably double the size of your creative departments. And pay competitively.

    Seriously, a VP at Edelman makes about as much as a junior designer at Droga5.

    Edelman Response

    Mar 20, 2017 – Edelman

    Your comments and feedback are certainly unsettling. For most employees, not only do they typically find their colleagues smart and savvy, but they rate the people at Edelman as their favorite thing ... More


  3. "Great agency for growth opportunities"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great and smart people to work with. amazing opportunities to learn all about the world of PR and access to great creative minds.

    Cons

    Works to be done on inclusiveness and women leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Expand on women empowerment opportunities and leadership skills. More training.

    Edelman Response

    Feb 28, 2017 – Edelman

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful review. I'm so glad you're learning and accessing all the creativity around you. I encourage you to join GWEN and to reach out your manager or local HR person ... More


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  5. "Vice President"

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

    Pros

    Great leadership, amazing job opportunities, focused on employee growth opportunities

    Cons

    Management is focused on bettering the culture. Being such a large office makes it more difficult for employees to connect.

    Edelman Response

    Sep 22, 2016 – Manager

    Hey - appreciate the feedback and agree tackling culture in a large office is tough. If you have any ideas of your own on how to improve it, please do share it with your local HR team. As always, we ... More


  6. Helpful (10)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  7. "Great leadership opportunities"

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

    Pros

    Leadership path; working with some of the largest companies in the world; access to resources and experts

    Cons

    Low pay compared to other agencies; office politics can detract from great work; very large company (for a PR firm) which creates a lot of unnecessary bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Invest a little less in hiring senior leaders who don't actually do client work and spend a little more on paying your jr and mid level associates better so that they'll stick around


  8. Helpful (10)

    "VP"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great middle layer of smart, passionate, supportive people
    A-list clients
    Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Highly political, backstabbing, passive aggressive, and sexist at the more senior levels; little tolerance for diversity of opinions; minimal talent recognition (promotions are based solely on how well employees manage up vs. excel at the work); massive inefficiency and disorganization throughout the organization has led to mismanagement and misappropriation of client $$$ resulting in major account losses; poor integration between digital and traditional PR capabilities; shady, unethical business practices routinely overlooked to maintain the status quo

    Advice to Management

    stand behind who you say you are and walk your talk; fire the senior managers who behave unethically; create actual transparency instead of merely paying lip service to it; place more emphasis on talent and work product and get rid of lazy under performers who had little value to the business


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Tough environment to succeed in"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good clients, large company, many resources, good salaries

    Cons

    disgruntled employees, many people feel they aren't getting their "due" and push others down because of it. Very competitive, non-supportive environment

    Advice to Management

    Create a more constructive, supportive environment rather than one that is "sink or swim."


  10. "Best of the best"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Edelman truly has the best talent in the industry. I am constantly amazed by the great work we put out and the teams I get the opportunity to collaborate with on a daily basis. The people are smart, intellectually curious and creative.

    Cons

    The company is growing quickly, and with that there are kinks to work out as you engage new talent. However, I do feel they are implementing the right processes and initiatives to succeed with the rapid growth.

    Advice to Management

    Continue striving for greatness.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Stay Away"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have the best health benefits of any large company I'm aware of. Pretty amazing. There are some nice buildings and you can get a Mac if you prefer. So, they got that going for them as well.

    Cons

    It's a soul crushing slog to work here.

    There is zero work life balance. You are expected to work insane long hours since the account folks will sell without regard for the impact on the people who do the actual work. It also doesn't help that the sales folks often have no clue about how to even get the work done. Expect very long work days and putting in hours over weekends. Don't be surprised if you are asked to participate in meetings while on vacation.

    Oh, and the travel. They will put you on a plane at a moments notice and fly you anywhere. Hope you didn't have any plans this weekend!

    The company has questionable ethics when it comes to who they represent. They represented Penn during the whole Sandusky thing. They helped with some BS climate-denier website on behalf of an oil company. You have to be willing to work for pretty much anyone as I can't see them turning down any client, no matter how sleazy.

    As other people have noted, the place is very political, and we are not just talking normal office politics. Who you know really does matter to how far you can get here.

    Advice to Management

    Get a soul. Seriously. Treat people better and start turning down clients who are evil. Not everyone deserves a PR firm.