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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 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)

Company Updates

  • Richard Edelman describes what makes Edelman different as a place to work: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ3Ni #EdelmanProud

    Best Places to Work

    Edelman has been named to Ad Age's list of Best Places to Work for 2019

  • PRWeek UK reveals the Power Book for 2019, with Jackie Cooper (Senior Advisor, Edelman) topping this year's list of the most influential creative chiefs in UK PR

    PRWeek UK Power Book 2019: Edelman's Jackie Cooper tops creative top 10 list

    Cooper ( pictured), the co-founder of seminal 1990s agency JCPR, is widely seen as a creative PR legend. She was inducted into the PRWeek Hall of Fame last year. Click here to read the creative directors list, which includes some of the greatest UK-based creative minds in PR and communications, from global network agencies to high-performing independents.

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

    Cons

    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.

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    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. I interviewed at Edelman.

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    It was very straightforward. I felt like my interviewers weren't wasting my time and that I wasn't wasting mine either. The position was also one that required skills I had not been trained for in college, which was a feat that we were all very open about. Overall it was a good experience.

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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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