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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 361 reviews)
- "People and the overall culture is great!" (in 140 reviews)
- "Your colleagues are great and there is a good client roster." (in 123 reviews)
- "• Good benefits (plenty of holiday and themed Thursday drinks are fab!)" (in 118 reviews)
- "Great people and teams to work with" (in 89 reviews)
- "No work/life balance; really bureaucratic (finance mindset)" (in 162 reviews)
- "They hire young kids to work long hours and make them slaves by paying almost nothing!!" (in 144 reviews)
- "always think there is an underlying problem; no women in higher management; low pay" (in 131 reviews)
- "Low salary and rather questionable decision" (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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- 4.0Dec 9, 2021Associate DirectorCurrent Employee, more than 8 yearsLondon, England
The culture and values really do stand out - you know that everyone is very focused on the internal team doing well, being supported, and getting the job done in a way that best supports the client. Leadership gives good opportunities to grow and gain access to interesting and challenging work across the global business.
There can be intense work hours.
- 3.0Aug 9, 2013Senior Account ExecutiveFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsHong Kong
International environment, work life balance is good
Lack big retaining client due to frequent change of leadership in respect of many practices and the whole office
- 3.0Jun 23, 2022DirectorFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsMelbourne
Incredible global network and IP, awesome learning environment
Particularly bad experience with a senior manager and leadership at the time that led to decision to leave
- 5.0Sep 20, 2022Account SupervisorCurrent Employee
Infinite possibilities for growth and opportunity. I feel that I'm being challenged and utilized to my full potential as I'm often put on more difficult projects or accounts. The culture on my team is awesome, everyone is really friendly and supportive and highly collaborative. The higher ups at Edelman also practice what they preach and feel like the leadership is strong.
Work life balance is really poor. I'm working at least 50 hours a week with minimal to no down time throughout the day. The clients are tough and sometimes it can be so draining I question why I'm still at an agency. The people I work with and the visibility here make it tough to leave though.
- 5.0Jan 10, 2012Anonymous EmployeeCurrent EmployeeSeattle, WA
Edelman is an independent company with strong executive leadership that makes smart investments in its people and resources. They promote from within and work to provide employees with tools to be successful.
Despite an effort to encourage collaboration across offices and geographies, it still can be a challenge for offices to "share" opportunities.
- 5.0Dec 9, 2012Senior Account ExecutiveCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearAtlanta, GA
-Training is much more robust and taken more seriously than at any other agency -Work-life balance (it is what you make it - I've found mine and so have several of my other colleagues) -Many or most teams work cross-practice -Everyone knows Edelman... if you've worked here for any length of time, people seem to take you a bit more seriously as a PR professional -LEADERSHIP - we have exceptional leadership in our office; he's very accessible and focused on making things better for his teams -Edelman NEXT - allows you to carve your own path and how you want to progress within the agency, even if you want to change directions or locations -Working at Edelman Atlanta comes with all the benefits of being at a world-class (arguably the best) PR agency - smart people, our colleagues set precedents and trends all the time and our clients are some that people dream for years of working with -Pretty lax 'business casual' dress code, yet we can wear jeans every day
-Office location and surroundings downtown -Parking (we pay if we're below VP and the deck is NOT very safe) -Non-competitive salary (even after it's been increased, it's still below several other agencies - big and small) -Comp time policy for working outside of workday schedule (but to be fair, that's an agency-wide issue)2
- 2.0Mar 20, 2023Account ExecutiveFormer Employee, more than 1 yearGurgaon, Haryana
Money is good and you get a lot of exposure in terms of travelling and the clients
Poor poor management Toxic Work culture Pathetic Leadership No respect for juniors Zero work life balance1
- 1.0Dec 6, 2014Research AnalystFormer Employee
The pros are clear: Edelman and the client relationships are the best of the best. You will have lots to talk about in future interviews.
The cons; however, are endless. Mike is impulsive and surrounds himself by loud senior management who exemplify poor leadership and quite frankly lack of any sort of intelligence. They pride themselves on being pseudo consultants, but the work lacks any sort of research backing or real innovative insights. There is a reason their contracts are no where near the scale of a consulting firm. The biggest problem is the intense group think where all really and truly believe that their work is the best and most important in the world, but ask again if their research has every been published in the NYTimes and you'll get a big... no.15
- 4.0Oct 4, 2010Anonymous EmployeeCurrent EmployeeSan Mateo, CA
Edelman has a good company culture filled with great people and servicing top-notch clients with public engagement needs. The company's visionary leadership is a positive motivating force and I'm proud to be an employee of Edelman.
From my perspective, there honestly aren't very many downsides of working at Edelman. The company offers a variety of career paths and professional growth opportunities that employees can fully utilize.
- 3.0Mar 11, 2015Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 5 yearsWashington, DC
You will learn from some of the best in your field. You will work on the biggest brands or biggest challenges facing any industry. You'll be challenged by your peers and clients alike. You will work hard and be compensated well. You will also have extraordinary flexibility in your career; the firm (generally) recognizes that value comes in many shapes and sizes and that you are more effective if you're passionate so there are amazing opportunities to try new things, travel to new places, to take chances or chart your own course. There is still a family atmosphere, and Richard cares deeply about that part of the culture. Despite the cons below, Edelman remains the best of the big firms. Whatever her challenges, they aren't the ones driven by public holding companies that focus on short-term thinking and treat employees like rows on a spreadsheet.
The company defies logic when it comes to growing at scale, but at the same time there are real cracks under the surface. -Upper management (office-heads and up) has become extraordinarily political and more focused on 'management' then leadership or client work. Understandable at many levels given the pressures of growing big things. Unfortunately they are also pretty homogeneous when it comes to philosophical outlook; not a problem if you're well on the political left, but challenging if you're on the center-right. -Layers and layers. Five years ago, Dan Edelman's mantra of 'everyone is an account executive' rang true. Today, not nearly as much. The firm has added large numbers of 'operations' people, 'practice' people, and other kinds of people that don't really face clients as a key part of their job. Unclear how much value they bring, but HOLY COW CAN THEY WRITE LONG EMAILS OUTLINING SMALL CHANGES. -Bad apples. Everyone has them. Edelman seems to have some at the very top of the chain. From abusive to unethical, it's unclear how the very top doesn't see them clearly for what they are. Suspending one is a good down payment.5