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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 and emerging businesses and organizations, helping them evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations.

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Glassdoor Awards

Highest Rated CEOs:2014 (#3)

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

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Edelman – Why Work For Us?

On October 1, 1952, Daniel J. Edelman and Associates was founded in the Merchandise Mart in Chicago with three employees servicing one client. More than 60 years later, with 65 offices and over 5,000 employees servicing over 2,000 clients, 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.

Edelman was awarded the Grand Prix Cannes Lion for PR in 2014; six Cannes Lions in 2015; and the Grand Prix in the Titanium category in 2016. The firm was named “2016 Global Agency of the Year” by the Holmes Report, and one of Advertising Age’s “Agencies to Watch” in 2014. In 2015, Edelman was among Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work” for the fifth time. Edelman owns specialty firms Edelman Intelligence (research) and United Entertainment Group (entertainment, sports, experiential), a joint venture with United Talent Agency.

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Edelman is an equal opportunity employer.

Independence is our cornerstone. Edelman’s independence is not just a word. It’s a state of being that enables us to put our clients and our people at the center of all we do. Find out more about our company culture and what it’s like to be part of the Edelman world.

Our employees are proud to be here and they like each other. Nine out of 10 employees globally said they are proud to work at Edelman and think the company is well positioned for growth. Employees were asked “When you wake up in the morning, what makes you WANT to come to work at Edelman?” and 51 percent answered: coworkers.

We offer careers, not just jobs. The EdelmanNEXT career pathing model offers our people opportunities to dive into new and often international jobs, boldly reinvent themselves and pursue their interests in ways that benefit both them and the firm. Learn more about career pathing at Edelman.

We value and strive for diversity. Edelman believes in and champions diversity in thought, perspective and background. As pioneer thinkers, our success lies in the ability to innovate and identify solutions for our clients. We are committed to providing the best counsel available. We can offer our clients rich and grounded counsel by including diverse counselors in our employee population, locally, regionally and globally. Further, a diverse workforce contributes to a richer, more enjoyable and innovative work environment. Learn more about diversity and inclusion at Edelman.

What makes Edelman special? It’s our people.

We are intellectually curious, tenacious in our actions, and have the drive to be autonomous knowing that we are only as good as the collective. People from all walks of life have found success here. That’s why we’re always looking for the best talent in public relations, advertising, marketing, consulting, design, research, creative, digital and so much more. 

We hire people who are extraordinary; people who are smart, passionate and creative. We capitalize on our different backgrounds to collaborate and create a company that thrives on diversity – of culture and experience. We each have big ideas but we all learn from and respect the ideas of others. Our values drive our approach to work and life. Together we create the “Edelman DNA!”

If you want to thrive in a place where you can bring your talents and be stretched further than you imagined, then come talk to us.

Edelman aspires to have the smartest workforce in our field, and therefore, we take seriously the responsibility to nurture intellectual curiosity in our employees in every aspect of their lives. Our education program focuses on our craft, but also recognizes the importance of expanding education into business, culture, the environment and the arts – as well as the art of leadership and good management.

We view training as just one element of a 360-degree Culture of Learning that is essential for communications professionals working in an age of Public Engagement. We encourage ongoing dialogue between managers and employees about their future aspirations through our Career Development Program, and we offer opportunities for colleagues to learn from one another through our various Mentor partnerships.

Additionally, our Global Women’s Executive Network (GWEN) focuses on networking, mentoring, recruiting, collaborating and career planning for women at Edelman, with the objective of increasing the presence of women leaders at the most senior levels of the company and creating an environment where women are encouraged to lead and succeed.  

Finding the right balance between our personal and working lives is key to maintaining health, productivity, creativity and overall job satisfaction. We continuously seek options and tools to enable employees to achieve their work/life balance goals. Here are just a few:

Flexible Work Arrangements

For many years, Edelman has supported a variety of reduced workweek and flextime arrangements. Today, nearly 75 percent of our offices offer flexible work time. Telecommuting is also available to select U.S.-based full-time or part-time employees. Worldwide, almost 40 percent of our offices offer transportation vouchers, while nearly 10 percent provide other forms of transportation support.

Edelman Escape

Edelman Escape is a unique program that offers U.S. employees $1,000 and an extra week of vacation to escape from the duties of everyday work to pursue a dream, goal or experience that will enrich their lives. Employees submit an application describing what they would like to do, and finalists are chosen each year. 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 and traveled to China to see the birthplace of a mother and grandmother.

Adoption Assistance

For more than a decade, Edelman has provided support for child adoption and now offers $5,000 in assistance to full-time employees and $3,000 to part-timers. Of course, pets are family too, so recently we introduced a pet adoption assistance program in the U.S. that provides up to $100 in financial reimbursement for pet adoption.

Beyond Conventional Benefits

All great companies offer competitive benefits and Edelman is no exception. Employee benefits are tailored by location to meet the specific needs of our people, their families and their communities. Beyond the conventional benefits, though, you’ll find local “extras” that come in many forms, from language training and book clubs, to fitness classes, food vouchers and office pantries stocked with healthy foods. Edelman’s tobacco-free work environment also helps to provide a safe and healthy workplace that promotes the health and wellbeing of our employees. By the way, if you want to lose weight or stop smoking, we provide help and financial incentives for that too.

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Edelman Reviews

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    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 Interviews



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    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Edelman.


    Met with several members of the team. The process was nice and straightforward. Questions are mostly around your previous experiences. Writing skills matter. All team members are very nice.

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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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