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Edelman Reviews

Updated 19 November 2014
Updated 19 November 2014
975 Reviews
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Pros
  • Lots of resources available to employees and good work-life balance culture (in 64 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 135 reviews)

  • Junior staff are expected to work long hours, with minimal financial compensation (in 96 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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Sr. Financial Analyst

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Edelman full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work for.

    Cons

    Not always a happy place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to all employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Typical Agency Life

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    Current Employee - Internship in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Internship in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Edelman as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Feels like you're working with friends, time passes really quickly.
    Good opportunity to work on big brands.

    Cons

    Little compensation for long hours.
    To get my work done, I arrived in the office at 8am every morning and only left after 9pm.
    Interns are exploited, feels like it's cheap labour, as all they do is media monitoring for months on end, run errands like buying coffee.
    Office politics were apparent.
    HR doesn't get to work with the interns, yet the director is tasked with grading them based on what they see, or what they hear.
    CEs are very overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less lip service

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people, and an all around positive work environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people! The work/life balance is phenomenal, everyone is very considerate of people's personal lives, and want to be flexible to accommodate having a life outside of work. I genuinely feel appreciated in my role, and feel like my hard work is rewarded.

    Cons

    After coming from another agency, I can honestly say the grass is greener on the other side. I don't have anything bad to say about working at Edelman.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the training coming, everyone is eager to learn!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Challenging but lacks professionalism and clear focus

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, variety of client work. Smart and creative people not only existed within the larger offices, but also in the smaller regional ones. Colleagues work harder and longer than any other industry. Great company to prove and challenge yourself.

    Cons

    Lack of professionalism within the office which affected culture, morale, and employee tenure. Compensation was below market average. Although there was flexibility, there was an overload of work that demanded overtime. Leadership waffled on focus and clear direction which was unfortunately driven from higher management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Head Leadership must carry the torch and lead in a positive, professional direction without being swayed by other leadership influences or direct reports. Treat colleagues who are hardworking, trustworthy and accountable with respect and appreciation. Believe in your people. Stay on one path, no waffling.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A fun experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Mumbai (India)

    I worked at Edelman full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The culture is great. People are froendly. Good clients.

    Cons

    Digital needs to evolve a little. Not as much opportunity as there is at some other corporates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Personal growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great clients, great teams, great leadership

    Cons

    Agency hours, compensation, career opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Smart people and fun, engaging work

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    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Edelman as an intern

    Pros

    Edelman has an awesome culture and senior leadership is very approachable. As an intern, you will rarely get busy work, most of what you do utilizes and develops skills that will be valuable at Edelman and beyond. If you express interest in a certain account or project, management will help to work you in. It's a great place to learn.

    Cons

    Edelman is a huge company, and it takes some getting used to. The billing system is a pain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Overworked, Work Politics, and No Growth

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Edelman full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    PTO policy is decent. Free cereal/oatmeal on Mondays and free ice cream on Fridays is okay. Starbucks coffee beans is a good plus as well as milk machine.

    Cons

    There is no work-life balance. People are overworked and not rewarded for hard work. Training is not good and management is clueless. They only look after people who know how to work the office politics. It's who you know not what you know. There also is no room for growth here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your hard workers or they will get fed up and leave. Also, it would be helpful to put something in place where you can see some career progression and not have employees fall into a black hole. Lastly, it is necessary to stop favoritism and stop hiring family members or friends of other employees who are not qualified for the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    PR or Social, you'll love it. Integrated marketing outfit with creative firepower, you might be wanting.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Excellent PR agency, with a reputation to match. Strong social media side of the agency. Admirable initiatives such as GWEN.

    Cons

    Great PR / Social agency, so it has a lot to offer in the comms space. It competes less successfully in the integrated-marketing or brand-driven space. Lead, creative agency networks bring deeper channel planning and creative talent to bear in these cases. Apparent in pitch results. Creative is also an issue. Ninety-percent of creative is developed by account management. Very few offices have trained, conceptual creative development resources. Even here in London, a major hub, there's a very small creative team. The culture's definitely friendly, but it's also very cliquey.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build around existing core competencies. Invest in creative properly, hiring reputable creative directors and allowing them to build a creative product. Shake up the culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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