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Edelman Overview

New York, NY
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Private
Business Services
$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

  • Congratulations to Bhavna Thapar, Christine Park for being named among Campaign Asia's top 40 Women to Watch list

    Women to Watch 2017: Meet the future champions of change

    Our Women to Watch list is a celebration of the women dissolving gender barriers through sheer force of will.

  • Last week, Matthew Harrington joined Trisch Smith, Idalia Hill and Angela Rye for a conversation on the decline in trust and the rise of social activism around the globe at ColorComm Network's #C2Miami conference. Watch the full discussion here:


    Edelman suite chat: Stand up and Speak out with Matt Harrington and Angela Rye!

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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.


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.

Edelman Reviews

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    "Great company for smart, hard working people"

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    I have been working at Edelman full-time (More than a year)


    I get to work with the smartest, most creative people in the business.

    If you know how to ask for opportunities - and can tie ideas back to how it will help the business - you'll succeed here.

    If you're willing to work longer hours for big new business opportunities or raise your hand for new opportunities, this is the place for you.

    If you're aggressive about finding a mentor and learning, you'll love Edelman.

    The Edelman brand has great cache.

    The network is huge - and the name recognition is excellent.


    I am disappointed to see some of the other reviews; the experiences they describe are so different than mine. I do think Edelman is only for a certain type of person. No one is going to give you a roadmap for your career at Edelman - you really need to carve your own path.

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Edelman Photos

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.
Edelman photo of: Congratulations to Edelman Montreal, recognized as Employer of the Year at Les Mercuriades! #mercuriades2017
Edelman photo of: Edelman GWEN team in NY
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!
Edelman photo of: Five delegates from each of our regions on day one of the International Women’s Forum conference in Tel-Aviv, Israel.
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Edelman Interviews



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    I just want to preface that I have interned at Edelman before. I had the most positive and enriching experience. I was surrounded with smart, creative people; encouraging managers and involved mentors. 

    The below review is solely about my most recent experience.

    I did not apply for this job online, I was contacted on LinkedIn by a recruiter with Edelman NY on August 15th. The recruiter and I scheduled some time to speak the next day at 6:15 p.m. The recruiter didn't call, I followed up at 6:20 p.m. asking if something came up. She got back to me at 7:45 p.m. letting me know that 'the day escaped her'.

    I completely get that everyone is busy and things come up during the day: no big deal. We re-scheduled for the next day, same time.

    Come 6:15 p.m. the following day – she didn’t call, I followed up and she didn't reply.

    Honestly, I didn't apply for this job and it isn't exactly what I'm doing right now so no harm done. I just felt compelled to relay this experience. As a professional and a prospective employee, I think taking a few seconds to tell someone you’re no longer interested, can go along way. Especially if you are the one that initiated the exchange.

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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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