Edelman Employee Reviews about "colleague"
68% would recommend to a friend
(222 total reviews)
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- "There are really great resources and people in the network with every specialty of knowledge who are willing to help you." (in 349 reviews)
- "People and the overall culture is great!" (in 145 reviews)
- "Amazing and smart colleagues with whom I get to work with and learn from every day; high" (in 120 reviews)
- "• Good benefits (plenty of holiday and themed Thursday drinks are fab!)" (in 115 reviews)
- "Great people and teams to work with" (in 83 reviews)
- "No work/life balance; really bureaucratic (finance mindset)" (in 169 reviews)
- "They hire young kids to work long hours and make them slaves by paying almost nothing!!" (in 134 reviews)
- "always think there is an underlying problem; no women in higher management; low pay" (in 133 reviews)
- "low salaries and always should work overtime" (in 127 reviews)
- "Particularly bad experience with a senior manager and leadership at the time that led to decision to leave" (in 75 reviews)
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- 2.0Jan 5, 2016Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
Strong strategic thinking, very smart group of people, great shared resources
Impossibly complex internal politics and unwritten yet essential rules of engagement make success for an outsider a very difficult thing. You will need to spend more time trying to win the appreciation and approval of your fellow colleagues - from direct reports to upper management - than actually doing your work.4
- 4.0Mar 26, 2014Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsSingapore
The people are great - from bosses, colleagues to administrative staff. The opportunity to work across the network in other markets and collaborate closely with colleagues in other offices is great as well. The company also emphasises the need for continuous learning, so training is a key benefit. Some senior leaders also show genuine concern for their staff career development, and work towards moving staff in direction of growth. For example, helping them specialise in certain areas or connecting them to a specialist in the area for mentorship.
Despite being the largest PR agency in the world, Singapore, etc., and having some of the best known brands in the world as clients, there is still a relentless push and drive for new business to meet targets. These targets are presumably KPIs set for senior management, but they put very heavy responsibility on consultants - from CEs to Managers to do the bulk (sometimes ALL the heavy lifting) on new business. This, in addition to an already heavy client workload. There is no reward for non-directors if the targets are met.3
- 5.0Apr 10, 2014Senior Account ExecutiveCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearWashington, DC
My colleagues are all smart and dedicated to their work and the energy is contagious. Leadership genuinely cares about the employees.
You work on the demands of clients, so work loads can vary dramatically1
- 3.0Feb 11, 2017Account DirectorCurrent EmployeeBerlin
Edelman globally has great clients and exciting projects, incredibly talented and passionate colleagues with a high level of professionalism. The bigger idea that Edelman stands for is why I am giving 3 stars.
I wish the German management were more professional, less opportunistic and had a clear vision. I get assigned to totally random accounts and feel like I am wasting my talent. The merger with ergo was handled very badly. The work cultures don't match and we have a very different understanding of client service. This has led to a disastrous impact on my work life balance and colleagues on both sides are fleeing the company.2Edelman Response7y
Thank you for your response. It is encouraging to read about your respect for your fellow talented and passionate colleagues. Of course, I am concerned to read about your thoughts on the management team and the handling of the merger between Edelman and Ergo. As a business we have completed a number of mergers over the years across the globe, which require a lot of investment of time to ensure a smooth integration. During this process there are always challenges to overcome and a settling in period as the two organisations come together to form one cohesive business. I would strongly suggest that you speak to your local HR team to discuss your thoughts in more depth. I am also more than happy to speak to you; please do contact me on David.Fackney@edelman. Thank you, David Fackney, Europe HR Director
- 4.0Nov 1, 2013Senior Vice PresidentCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsNew York, NY
Amazing and smart colleagues with whom I get to work with and learn from every day; high-caliber clients
Difficulties with work-life balance; salaries are higher elsewhere
- 5.0Oct 23, 2020Senior Vice PresidentCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearWashington, DC
Smart talented colleagues with leaders that care about their staff and try to align to values of equality and service
Not enough staff to handle work and a very slow hiring process2Edelman Response3y
I was happy to read your review and appreciate you feel we are succeeding around equity and a focus on service. And I love to see a shout out to compassionate managers, of which we have many. I see your comments on hiring and it's something we're actively working on now to streamline and ensure resources go where they are most needed. Thanks for your feedback and take care! Maria O'Keeffe, US Chief Talent Officer
- 4.0Sep 28, 2020Senior Account ExecutiveCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearNew York, NY
Extremely smart colleagues and higher-ups, so much to learn on a daily basis
Not amazing pay, hours are long (especially with COVID) and more inclined to "yes" the client vs. stand firm on our direction.Edelman Response4y
Thanks for your review. I'm happy you are learning daily and think well of your colleagues. Please talk with your manager about your hours and get help prioritizing or shifting work to avoid burnout. Especially during Covid, where the lines of home and work can be more blurry than normal, we advocate keeping some meaningful boundaries; both you and the company will be better off for it. Thanks for you hard work and take care! Maria O'Keeffe, US Chief Talent Officer
- 3.0Feb 25, 2022Senior Account ExecutiveCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearLondon, England
Get to work with some of the best PR minds in the world - some colleagues not so much but for the most part (particularly senior leadership) people are very good at their jobs Top clients Ambitious, innovative work Opportunities to learn Challenging work Line management system is supportive and helpful Accounts are often run as a tight ship Office itself is quite nice but Victoria isn’t a great location WFH/hybrid options Good holiday allowance and carry over policy
Limited/unclear progression opportunities Pay could/should be better Demanding work environment Work/life balance can be very poor at times Not enough AAE-SAEs, meaning execs in particular are often very stretched/thin on the ground Frequent resourcing issues, meaning workload can be very heavy at times Comms from Director level employees can be lacking at times Little clarity over when issues will be resolved or if they’re even being addressed, which gives off the impression they’re not a priority Unspoken expectation that you need to work beyond your contracted hours1
- 2.0Mar 16, 2022Assistant Account ExecutiveFormer Employee, more than 1 yearSan Francisco, CA
I was at Edelman for over a year in their San Francisco office. My employment was entirely WFH and I never visited an office. Perks such as benefits and time off are industry average. Clients are top, depending on industry you work in, and you can get some good responsibility and experience early on. Colleagues are incredibly smart and hard-working – you definitely develop some 'in-the-trenches' relationships.
Your day-to-day will depend entirely upon your team leads and client expectations. For me, despite the fact that it was never discussed in the job description / interviews nor stated in my orientation, that meant working a minimum of 1-2 weekends a month and being scheduled to work until 7pm every evening. This is not so bad if you are able to start later, but meetings were often scheduled (by the same people who told me they care about work-life balance!) in the 7am-8am period by colleagues across the country. It meant that taking PTO was silently discouraged because others would have to pick up these responsibilities. I also had to work holidays (including the company's tribute to International Mental Health Day, which all employees were supposed to have off). Overall, I was miserable at this job. My mental and physical health suffered. I discussed repeatedly with higher ups the long hours and high client expectations, as well as with HR, and promises that were repeatedly made to improve the situation were never fulfilled. A few months after leaving, I regret not making the decision to quit sooner. Overall, I would not recommend working at Edelman unless you're prepared to see the rest of your life suffer.6
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The agency I used to work at posted an article about their efforts to create team building experiences that aren’t centered around alcohol. The way this is not even close to true is just — I got judged all the time whenever I wasn’t drinking after work because a simple “I just don’t feel like it” didn’t cut it 🙃 probably why they said I didn’t “fit in” because I got along well with my coworkers otherwise.