Edelman
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Updated Apr 15, 2014
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Edelman President and CEO Richard W. Edelman

Richard W. Edelman

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Pros:
  • "Lots of resources available to employees and good work-life balance culture"
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  • "Many smart people to work with on a diverse portfolio of projects"
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Cons:
  • "The work-life balance isn't as good as it could be, but that is probably true everywhere"
    in 106 reviews
  • "Long hours; org structure difficult to understand/navigate"
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Great company and smart people -- but politics & work life balance issues.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Edelman full-time

ProsEdelman is truly the best PR firm out there.

ConsLots of office politics. No work/life balance.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Face paced and exciting

Executive Assistant (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

I worked at Edelman as a contractor for less than a year

ProsWas able to expand software application skills!

ConsDid not get to interview for the permanent position

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Learning and growth oriented

Account Director (Current Employee)
Mumbai (India)

I have been working at Edelman full-time for more than a year

ProsThe culture is open, friendly and conducive to learning

ConsNone that come to my mind

Advice to Senior ManagementMore sharing of the bigger picture

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Brilliant. Great learning; amazing people.Work is cerebrally challenging and gives opportunity to explore one's strength

Senior Account Executive (Current Employee)
New Delhi (India)

I have been working at Edelman full-time for more than a year

ProsPeople
Great working environment
Career Opportunities and development are significant
Growth
There are great number of Clients both quality and quantity wise

ConsThe industry needs more money and better quality of people. Being a service industry it has to deal with people who are not always great

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should change the policy of yearly appraisals to half yearly.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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great company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Edelman full-time for more than 5 years

Prosprivate ownership, great work-life balance, great career opportunities for hard workers

ConsThere aren't many negatives. In some cases the leadership isnt as strong as it could be, but I am overall very pleased.

Advice to Senior Managementembrace telecommuters

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Wonderful people, wonderful work, wonderful experience thus far.

Account Executive (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA (US)

I have been working at Edelman full-time for less than a year

ProsConsistently challenged, but supported. Compensation is above average, and the company culture is amazing.

ConsAs with any corporate job, politics do come into play, but not enough to interfere with day-to-day work.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep on doing what you're doing!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The best place to grow a career in PR

Account Manager (Current Employee)
São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

I have been working at Edelman full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe company has strong values, is very humanized and invest a lot in training and employee development. Plus, here you will meet fantastic people from all over the world.

ConsIt is a very demanding business and this is a very demanding company, so, work-life balance is a big challenge. Plus, in a global perspective, politics can be something difficult do deal with.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere are so many personal agendas involved on decisions making. We should have a clearer view of company goals, plan and objectives and we should be stimulated to stay focused on that. Instead, I feel we loose too much energy in things that are not really relevant.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Difficult to advance

Administrative Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Edelman full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood culture, intelligent senior most leadership, on the cutting edge of the industry

ConsLong hours, junior staff unwilling to think or do work themselves, difficult to advance

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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4 years at the company

Senior Account Supervisor (Current Employee)

I have been working at Edelman full-time for more than 3 years

Prosgreat work culture, amazing opportunities

Consnot consistent talent between offices

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great learning experience but not for a long-term career path

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Jakarta (Indonesia)

I have been working at Edelman full-time for more than a year

ProsWorking at a large firm such as Edelman gives you the exposure and the opportunity of working with some of the biggest brands/key players in various industries. You are constantly challenged by different issues and thus your learning curve would be greatly exponential. You learn not only from the people you work with but also from the various clients that you work with; each end gives you different and extremely useful insights and knowledge.

ConsThere is quite a large gap between the junior and senior management level, hence the lack of support and guidance given to the team members executing the tasks. The biggest learning can come form having to figure out what to do and through trial and error process directly with the clients. Too much office politics and blockage for those who actually wants to learn and excel. Turn-over rates within certain divisions or under certain people are very high. Although the working environment is fun in the informal sense, some upper-management level superiors are professionally below expectations. Internal admins are chaotic and hence crucial things such as performance appraisals and permanent contracts of employment are often neglected.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your resources; be more hands-on and give support, guidance and follow-ups. Not all of us are in this for acknowledgment but a little token of appreciation would be great even if it's only informally.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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