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Edelman Overview

New York, NY
5001 to 10000 employees
1952
Company - Private
Advertising & Marketing
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Edelman is a leading, global communications marketing firm that partners with many of the world’s largest emerging businesses and organizations, helping them evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. Edelman was awarded the Grand Prix Cannes Lion for PR ... Read more

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2015 (#43), 2014 (#12), 2013 (#7), 2011 (#5), 2010 (#23)

Highest Rated CEOs: 2014 (#3)

Company Updates

  • John Edelman was recognized as the Veteran Leadership Council’s Veteran Supporter of the Year. Read his remarks here: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQLsp

    Remarks to the Veteran Leadership Council - Edelman

    Distinguished guests, family, and friends. I am honored and humbled to be recognized as the Veteran Leadership Council's Veteran Supporter of the Year. On this Pearl Harbor Day, I first want to thank our veterans who selflessly serve our country today or who have served as fellow veterans did 76 years ago at Pearl Harbor.

  • We're proud to see Melle Hock among the 12 selected to @PR Council’s first shadow board of next-gen leaders! http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQLdS #PRCNext #EdelmanProud

    PR Council names rising stars to PRC Next board

    NEW YORK: The PR Council has named 12 rising communications leaders to its shadow board, PRC Next. The industry group has named members from a broad range of firms, from large international agencies to boutiques and specialist shops.

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Edelman – Why Work For Us?


 

Since 1952, Edelman has profoundly shaped the ways that companies and brands communicate. In the early years, we defined modern public relations. Today, with more than 65 offices and 5,000 employees partnering with 2,000 of the world’s leading clients, we are redefining PR as communications marketing.

This transformation reflects a remarkable revolution in both media and business. As interconnected, empowered audiences change how business is done, brands and enterprises must shift from demanding attention to earning relevance and trust.

We guide our clients through this evolution not by forcing transactions, but through partnerships to build strong relationships with audiences and to tell compelling stories that prompt people to click, inspire, share and act.

 



Sure, we’ve got great benefits, awesome paid time off, gorgeous office spaces and tenure-based, month-long sabbaticals, but that’s just the cherry on top. What it’s really all about is our people and the company culture we create together.

Employees across our global network are proud to work at Edelman, think the firm is well-positioned for growth and are passionate about the work and their colleagues.

Our position as an independent, family-owned firm creates a unique culture.  We use our profits to strengthen our business, improve the lives of our employees, advance our industry and serve as a responsible citizen of the world


 


Don’t expect the expected because there is no single type of person at Edelman. We celebrate diversity and inclusion of culture, background, experience and thought – and we are at our very best when our teams collaborate across geographies, practices, expertise and viewpoints.

 

Smart, passionate, extraordinary people are successful at Edelman. If you are a talented public relations, advertising, marketing, consulting, design, research, creative, journalism or digital practioner — or something equally great — we want you to consider Edelman.

HOW YOU’LL GROW

Edelman’s focus on career development offers our people opportunities to explore, boldly reinvent themselves and pursue their interests in ways that benefit both themselves and the firm.  Our global footprint allows employees the opportunity to pursue international, as well as local, assignments. One employee said it best. “After a decade with Edelman, I’ve had the opportunity to work in three different offices and on five different teams. I can’t imagine any other company that would have supported such incredibly fulfilling career and life experiences!”

We also offer a robust learning and development program called the Edelman Learning Institute, which is an ongoing education program focused on communications marketing, business, culture, the environment and the arts. From in-depth leadership training, to online modules focused on research, insights and analytics, to in-classroom opportunities about interviewing, client leadership, creativity and more, we’ve got your learning needs covered.

Our Global Fellows program sends select employees abroad for up to a year to gain experience working in different markets. The program advances a global culture and transfers knowledge across regions, while affording our people the opportunity to gain valuable experience that benefits our firm, our clients and themselves. While on assignment, Fellows blog and tweet to keep their colleagues informed about their journey. When they return to their home office or transfer elsewhere, they are matched with one of our key global clients.

Our Global Women’s Executive Network (GWEN) is dedicated to networking, mentoring, recruiting, collaborating and career planning for women at Edelman. GWEN helps foster an environment where women are encouraged to lead and succeed, with a goal of increasing the presence of women leaders at the most senior levels of the company—our pledge is 50 percent by 2020.

Want to thrive in a community where you and your talents will be stretched further than you imagined? Come talk with us!

 

When you balance your personal and working lives well, you can enjoy better health, productivity, creativity and overall job satisfaction. Here are just a few of the ways we help our employees achieve balance:

Generous Time-off and Flextime

We offer one of the most generous time-off policies in the industry, including a sabbatical program. Nearly 75 percent of Edelman offices offer flexible work schedules and telecommuting is available to U.S.-based full-time or part-time employees. Worldwide, nearly half of our offices offer transportation support or vouchers.

Realize Your Dream

Through Edelman Escape, our U.S. employees can apply for $1,500 and an extra week of vacation to escape from their everyday duties and pursue a dream, goal or experience that will enrich their lives or a worthwhile cause. Past winners have spent time with a brother before he was deployed to Iraq; took a son to Washington, D.C. to learn more about the U.S. Constitution; produced a film script; worked for Habitat for Humanity; donated time and money to endangered species and traveled to China to visit a family birthplace.

Adoption Assistance

We provide support for child adoption, offering monetary assistance to employees. Of course, pets are family too, so our pet adoption assistance program in the U.S. provides up to $100 in financial reimbursement for the adoption of your four-legged friends.

Beyond Benefits

Beyond our regular benefits, which are tailored by location, you’ll find local “extras,” from language training and book clubs to fitness classes, food vouchers and office pantries stocked with healthy foods. Edelman is a tobacco-free workplace that promotes the health and wellbeing of our employees. If you want to move into a healthier weight category or stop smoking, we provide help and financial incentives for those goals, too.

Learn more about benefits at Edelman.

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    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    -New leadership in the office has has had an impact, as it has become a much more stable, supportive and positive environment. Definitely making an effort to employees and trying out new things for office morale.
    -Provides opportunities and options to explore different realms - whether its creative, paid, digital or planning.
    -Opportunities to work on a high-profile accounts.
    -Compensation is catching up with the rest of the industry.
    -If you're willing to put in the time and the work, you will be rewarded and provided more responsibility.

    Cons

    -As with any agency, client demands can be challenging and lead to long work hours and unrealistic asks.

    Advice to Management

    Continue listening to your employees and making sure to put their needs in line with client needs.

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Edelman Photos

Edelman photo of: Team celebration at Elan-Edelman in Paris. #IgnitionParty
Edelman photo of: Richard Edelman spoke about Trust at Hispanicize's CMO Summit earlier today and stopped by the office to visit the Edelman Miami team.
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Edelman photo of: The one and only George Clooney stopped by our office earlier this week to meet with the International team. It's not a big deal or anything. #client
Edelman photo of: Happy to see our team enjoying the 2016 ColorComm C2 Conference in Miami!
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Edelman Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Edelman (Seattle, WA).

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    Phone interview and an in person interview. It took over a month after I applied to hear back from them. Talked about my previous internship and team work experiences. My previous internship was unpaid and this internship at Edelman was paid. I was qualified for the job but I wanted to work for Edelman because of its company culture and value so I focused on that.

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    • Why are you interested in Edelman? Tell me a teal you had difficulty meeting a deadline. Tell me about your previous internship/work experience. From talking to other interns, we all had a previous intern before interning at Edelman.   Answer Question
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Edelman Awards & Accolades

  • 2017 Corporate Equality Index 100%, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2016
  • Global PR Agency Of The Year, The Holmes Report, 2016
  • Agency CSR A-List, PR News, 2016
  • Top 25 Companies For Culture And Values, Forbes, 2016
  • Top 50 Companies for Executive Women, National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), 2015
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