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Edelman Overview

New York, NY
5001 to 10000 employees
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 and emerging businesses and organizations, helping them evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. Among its many honors, the firm was awarded the ... Read more

Glassdoor Awards

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

Top CEOs: 2014 (#3)

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Edelman – Why Work With 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

We strive to ensure our employees live healthy and balanced lives inside and outside of the office. Our global wellbeing initiative, Livewell, provides a platform for employees to explore the practice of wellbeing through education, programs and tips for maintaining a physically and mentally healthy lifestyle. While wellbeing at our firm incorporates many core policies that our employees have come to expect, it also extends to helping our people achieve mindfulness and encouraging them to be present in any given situation. Beyond our regular benefits, which are tailored by location, our local Livewell “extras” include offerings like subsidized workout memberships, book clubs, cycle-to-work programs and office pantries stocked with healthy foods. 

In addition, Edelman is a tobacco-free workplace that promotes the physical health 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.

Edelman Reviews

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    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
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    I have been working at Edelman full-time (More than 5 years)


    Diversity of work, large client list, flexibility and good work/life balance, fantastic people to work with


    Some processes are out of date and there are times when work can suffer due to unrealistic expectations or turnarounds or low budgets. But we do our best, always.

    Advice to Management

    Reward the people that put the most heart into the company. They should be rewarded and feel valued. Work harder to match average salaries. Otherwise, you risk losing some of your best.

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Edelman Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Edelman (Chicago, IL).


    45 minute phone conversation with a Senior Account Executive. She was very nice and wanted it to be more of a conversation than an interview. We started by walking through my resume, then typical interview questions and then ended with 10-15 minutes of questions on my part. I was not hired for this exact position but landed another through Edelman.

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Edelman Awards & Accolades

  • Top Companies for Culture and Values(#2), Glassdoor, 2014
  • Top 50 Companies for Executive Women, National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), 2015
  • Top 50 Companies for Executive Women, National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), 2014
  • Top 50 Most InDemand Employer (North America), LinkedIn, 2014
  • Top 25 Companies for Career Opportunities, Glassdoor, 2013
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