Edelman Reviews

Updated 24 April 2015
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Edelman President and CEO Richard W. Edelman
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Pros
  • Lots of resources available to employees and good work-life balance culture (in 65 reviews)

  • Many smart people to work with on a diverse portfolio of projects (in 62 reviews)

Cons
  • Extremely high work pressure means that work life balance is adversely impacted (in 137 reviews)

  • Long hours; org structure difficult to understand/navigate (in 94 reviews)

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  1. Strong work ethic, lots of potential for growth

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    Current Employee - Account Director in Sydney
    Current Employee - Account Director in Sydney

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The network is amazing and the opportunities to work with big global teams is awesome. The very high standard or work is also rewarding

    Cons

    Some teams are on the small side so working at Edelman can be tough for those not working autonomously.

  2. Terrific

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    Former Employee - Executive Vice President in Morganville, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Executive Vice President in Morganville, NJ (US)

    I worked at Edelman (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Works for the world's biggest and most important brands, corporations and organizations.

    Cons

    Really no downside to working at Edelman. I provides a career, or if you prefer, terrific short-term opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going

  3. Senior Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, a lot of opportunity to learn and grow, and a great network that let's you be part of unique work.

    Cons

    The pay isn't great at the starting level, and you are required to really prove yourself before any word of promotion. They also do follow a fairly regimented progression path, which isn't 100% based on performance.

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  5. Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    growth potential, employees really want to engage you, responsibility given to interns

    Cons

    i have no cons of working here, this has been a great experience thus far.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Friendly environment, but very much a cog in a machine

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Edelman full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly and easy to get a long with (minus a few senior people), people are given the chance to transfer to other offices, Richard Edelman always makes numerous appearance throughout the year which is nice.

    Cons

    Massive blame culture, senior management can be very dishonest, they refuse to hire more people instead letting employees reach the point of hating their job and losing them to another agency, company wide expectations that are impossible to fulfil due to time and support and will not bat an eyelid at letting people go even when treated unfairly which I unfortunately saw numerous times. Low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people, stop focussing on the surveys and making outside people believe you are the best company to work for and actually make your employees believe it.

  7. Great place to learn and begin a career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Edelman

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many opportunities to learn
    Nice people, very welcoming and helpful
    Professional, but fun

    Cons

    Disparities between teams
    Some managers create too much stress
    Lots of grunt work
    Can't really get overtime hours

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging work-life balance

  8. Overall Great Experience

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    Former Intern - Intern in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Intern - Intern in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Edelman as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Edelman is a great company to work for. As an intern, I learned a lot and gained a ton of experience. Interns in smaller offices are able to really get their hands wet with multiple accounts and a large variety of projects. The company places a large emphasis on learning, which is very valuable for interns. I was able to continue developing my skills, while expanding my professional network and making long-lasting connections.

    Cons

    As often seen at large agencies, interns, even if they are well-received, often face the harsh reality of working very hard in hopes of a full-time position but ultimately having to move on as the office has no current need for a new AAE.

  9. Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Edelman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun and inspiring environment
    Great company culture and values
    Great place to continue growing as an individual and professional within PR
    A lot of resources and insights
    Offers a huge network
    Roster of clients is impressive
    Creative thinking is key
    They welcome all and any ideas during a brainstorm
    Fun and smart people to call colleagues
    Job security

    Cons

    Entry level positions are paid extremely low
    no work/life balance
    Politics plays a big part in certain offices
    Merit does not go a log way
    Talking to HR about issues with supervisors does absolutely nothing
    They do not care to promote or raise pay significantly until you have a new offer on the table

    Advice to Management

    Take care of junior teams. They are the front line executing ideas and working the long hours too.

  10. Love the people I work with -- they're fun and creative.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to wear different hats and get exposed to a variety of industries and companies.

    Cons

    There's always a lot of work to do and often on tight deadlines in high-stress situations.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to focus more on less clients.

  11. chaotic at times

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at Edelman

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great reputation, learning opportunities are limiltless. Proudly independent which makes the office feel entrepreneurial. A mix of local, regional and global accounts with some of the biggest brands. Definitely a notch to have on your belt.

    Cons

    Finance system is archaic, HR does not look put for the best interest of employees, burn out is common. Pay is also one of the lowest in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your staff particularly in busy times. Pay them commensurate with industry standards.

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