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"Fairly new, but very happy"

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Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
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Pros

Edelman has a reputation of attracting the "best of the best" to work in an environment that is fast-paced, challenging, forward-thinking and engaging. Guess what? The reality lives up to the reputation. I am consistently impressed with the intelligence, competence, forward-thinking management and ideas my colleagues come up with. Senior management is approachable and open to ideas from employees at all levels - a welcome change from some other agency environments - and nearly everyone has a thirst for "more:" learning, living, doing. If you want to learn, to be challenged and see some great things brought to life, Edelman is an ideal place to call home.

Cons

At 500-600 employees, Edelman is one of the larger agencies in Chicago. It spans four floors in the AON center and, truthfully, that kind of change can be a little daunting. That said, management recognizes this and is working to provide smaller group orientations and practice meetings to help orient new hires. Additionally, employees work hard and long hours. Vacation isn't frowned upon, but can be difficult to schedule and take.

Advice to Management

I've found Edelman's senior management to be incredibly intelligent, engaging and approachable. They want to see their teams succeed and, thus, are willing to invest time in their employees (at all levels). I'm thrilled to be contributing to the resulting work and learning from these individuals.

Other Employee Reviews for Edelman

  1. "You get what you give."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Edelman reminds me of the create your own adventure book series. If you can think it up and make the business case, you can often craft your ideal job. People are very smart and fun to work with and comp. is very good once you've eached mid-level.

    Cons

    It's a demanding work environment but you get what you give.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down and take on less so you can really do it all right. Keep the culture despite rapid growth.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "High expectations and demands without giving mentoring & professional development back"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are fair. Company well known in the field. Managers are totally available via phone, email, IM, BBM, etc. (not sure this is a pro).

    Cons

    Management focused on bringing in new business & protecting their practice's bottom line. Leads to not sharing knowledge & resources with other practices in the same office; and keeping team members fully&over utiliized even if it means over-servicing (anything to keep the client happy in a recession).

    Also, many times teams are top heavy with SVPs and there aren't enough junior staffers to do the bulk of the work. So junior staffers end up doing a lot of work well below their level. There is a serious lack of opportunities for jr. level staff to take the lead or serve as point person on projects or accounts. And the lack of interns (except for the most profitable practices) means a lack of ways for jr. staff to develop supervisory skills. Plus, with not enough hours in the day, there isn't really time for the senior staff to mentor.

    Very political environment where the deemed "up and comers" are favored heavily for advancement. (You hear the same names again and again.)

    Advice to Management

    Advice to junior level staffers riding out the recession:
    Be your own advocate. If possible, be on a winning new business team (sure way to earn brownie points). Keep your resume updated & and your confidence up.

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