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Updated July 28, 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. Helpful (6)

    "Senior Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong growth culture across the board

    Cons

    Senior Leadership is not inspiring

    Advice to Management

    Quit creating more and ore made-up titles to pacify the career goals of middle management.

    Edelman Response

    Aug 11, 2017 – Edelman

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate the feedback. Maria O'Keeffe, Executive Director, US HR


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Senior Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - SAE in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - SAE in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the clients you work with are big names, the benefits are OK, and you have the stability of a large firm.

    Cons

    Avoid Edelman. No innovative spirit whatsoever, a lot of meetings about nothing, loads of unnecessary bureaucracy, way too much hesitation to challenge clients on bad ideas, bad office culture that values time sitting at your desk over actual output.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganization for the sake of it is bad. Stop.

    Edelman Response

    Apr 27, 2017 – Edelman

    Thanks for your constructive feedback. It's helpful to hear from employees' first-hand, so we can learn from their experiences and make improvements. If you have more details you'd like to share... More

  3. Helpful (22)

    "Check the trends graphs, this place is on the decline"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Some really great people. Casual work environment. Top clients (as dysfunctional as they may be). Respectable salary and benefits. Very challenging and lots of room for growth...to a point.

    Cons

    Leadership has become a joke. The guys in charge (and they are all guys) have no clear role or greater vision--they are a bunch of "yes" men with ADD who drop unfeasible ideas on the "no" women beneath them, who are then expected to tackle and execute problems based on reality. There is no autonomy or direction when it comes to one's career; to get ahead as a woman, you have to do whatever is asked of you regardless of your skills or areas of expertise. Instead of matching work to the person, the only criteria used is capacity and dependability, so as usual, the high performers suffer while the people who've proven useless coast along. Office politics are also insufferable--there is a galling amount of gossip and backstabbing among middle and upper management.

    As for junior staff, i think it's probably a decent place to be--as with most agencies, you'll end up doing the bulk of the labor while your billing rates are cheap, shoot up the ladder if you do a great job, then land in the pile of dung that is a management role. The real killer is seeing how the sausage is made. And all of this is to say nothing of some of the lunatics we work for.

    Advice to Management

    Hahaha. Right, advice to management. I'll save my characters.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Assistant Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Hands down some of the best clients in the industry - so you'll get an advantage of building out your resume. People are willing to share advice and sit down with you, if you ask for it.

    Cons

    Salary much below the market. You have to manage your career from the very first day you become full-time, otherwise you will be left behind and looked over for promotions - which acts as a nod for you to seek employment elsewhere. Highly political, more career management than work. It gets exhausting quickly.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of turnover on both a junior and a senior level should speak volumes about the direction of the company. Look deep and hard into what is happening in the internal culture and where Edelman wants to position itself. Pay junior staffers more if you want to retain talent...but then again, it's another great indication of how fast people are leaving.


  5. "Interesting clients, interesting work"

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to challenging client base. Ability to relate with clients.

    Cons

    Difficult to navigate complex office politics

    Advice to Management

    Manage the managers


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Mid-Level Management Overworked and Underappreciated"

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun, collaborative culture. Lots of educational events and training opportunities.

    Cons

    Mid-level management has very little power. Junior employees tend to me more valued in terms of work and being heard by senior management. Edelman preaches creativity, mentorship, open communication with managers...but when it comes down to it, if someone doesn't like you, they will find a way to get rid of you. Several mid-level colleagues of mine were set up to be fired. I've dealt with sabotage before, but never like this on on such a large scale. You'll learn a lot while you're there, but if you don't fit the mold they're looking for, you'll probably be kicked out. Also, you will work crazy hours and be poorly compensated for it.

    Advice to Management

    Trust mid-level employees more with junior employees and clients.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Some good, some not so good."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Unparalleled intellectual property and industry insight, from Trust Barometer to Capital Staffers to other sector-specific research.

    Brainpower that is as strong as anywhere in the industry. Edelman people are smart and have good ideas.

    A fair number of passionate, good people who are colleagues as well as friends.

    Strong benefits package.

    Access to technology and resources like research and graphics/design.

    Cons

    Internal politics, both between and within offices, that lead to people being kept in the dark, trying to control staff/accounts to protect money, or talking negatively about colleagues (including to their supervisees). There are people known throughout the office for being mean or difficult, but they get promoted?

    Favoritism for certain groups and individuals in promotions and office recognition. it creates a negative vibe that causes cliques and harms the friendly nature of the place.

    No pushback on nightmare clients. Some clients are verbally abusive, issue unrealistic demands, or generally treat Edelman people horribly. Yet senior management don't push back on the abuse, always say "yes" instead of managing expectations, and expect staff to just deal with it by working harder and ignoring how they are treated. There's a reason there are accounts no one wants to work on.

    Decreased emphasis on core, fundamental skills like writing and media pitching, but lots of talk about buzzword-y "public engagement." As the company has pushed its strategic approach, there seem to be fewer junior and supervisor level employees interested in becoming excellent writers, understanding how media works, or learning all fundamentals of the industry.

    Limited opportunities for overseas exchanges or work transfers (management thinks they are resolving with International Fellows, which moves 8 people per year in a company of 3,500).

    Advice to Management

    Practice what we preach: Recommit to transparent and inclusive communication when it comes to promotions, multi-office work, and staffing. Stop letting people who create division or conflict to continue to serve as team leaders (and even be rewarded for their behavior) and invest in stronger management training. Double-down on leadership development for staff, so potential rising leaders have more opportunities. Better manage staffing so the same people aren't overworked all the time. Recapture some of the hard-working, modest personality that defined Edelman before it became the biggest.

  8. "Best of the agencies"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is a strong focus on development of intellectual property and progression of the industry, and much solid account work is done through the agency.

    Cons

    It's a highly political environment and heavily driven by NY and Chicago, so opportunities for meaningful promotion elsewhere in the network are limited

    Advice to Management

    There is a need for much better recognition of the talents of staff in offices outside of NY and Chicago.


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