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Updated 26 February 2015
Updated 26 February 2015
1,013 Reviews
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Edelman President and CEO Richard W. Edelman
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Review Highlights

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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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Director in Sydney
    Current Employee - Account Director in Sydney

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than a 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.  

    Good learning ground for young or professionals. Gets bogged down in politics at higher levels.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Big company, smart people, resources. International, and that gives people the opportunity to travel, work abroad and try different options.

    Cons

    Politics & siloed operations really hinder teamwork and client service. Offering is pretty dated by now. Would benefit from fresh senior leadership in key roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink the client service experience: client first. Broaden offerings in digital marketing.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Entrepreneurial organization

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Opportunity to chart your own career path, work with smart people, good company culture.

    Cons

    Disparities from team to team and office to office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Smart Environment and good ideas. Great team working

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman

    Pros

    Very interesting in the organization of the various team, each one dedicated to speicifc clients. Young envirnment and always updated about business, poilitc, sports, fashion, ect

    Cons

    No balance between work and private life

  6.  

    Edelman DC: Great place to work and grow

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Great team culture, variety of disciplines, great agency to learn and grow

    Cons

    Lack of office space for transitioning hires

  7.  

    Fast paced and enriching environment

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot from the job, great exposure to a large range of cilents. Fun, dynamic, youthful environment. Good stepping stone in the PR industry

    Cons

    Long hours, late nights! Late minute work and inefficiency of management. Pay is low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase remunerations

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Best Place to work!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman

    Pros

    Wonderful experience, Great culture, and work life balance. I miss working here.

    Cons

    I can't think of one.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    An amazing growth experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Edelman full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, ethical management, care about doing the right thing.

    Cons

    Compensation a little low, fast paced (like any PR agency), may be letting things slip a little as they get bigger.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to your guns and follow Dan's vision!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a great company; local office incredibly challenging and facing a difficult future

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    Former Employee - Mid-Level in Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Mid-Level in Portland, OR (US)

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

    Pros

    -Constant challenges, diversity of experiences, access to top talent across the globe, lots of interesting IP comes out
    -Many leaders outside the local office are fantastic and have become trusted mentors

    Cons

    -Local management has created a fear-based culture
    -Constant turnover
    -Lots of drama and rumors, gossip
    -Management attempts to be transparent, but it is completely inauthentic
    -The best leaders leave; ditto for staff members (generally)
    -Local leadership tends to be filled out by staff who, frankly, are socially awkward, work with their doors shut nearly all of the time and treat work as if the office is life and death (people absolutely lose their passion here and the majority have one foot out the door)
    -Training became a joke
    -Technology is old and IT support is poor (the local IT guy was great, but we rarely had access to him)
    -Work-life balance absolutely does not exist in this office
    -Company as a whole can move as slow as molasses
    -Can be incredibly arrogant and judgy of other agencies/companies/clients
    -Salary is not competitive
    -Someone in tears nearly every week (if not more)
    -Not a level playing field - feels like "friends" are promoted and granted ridiculous awards
    -Lack of professionalism from local management - inappropriate remarks made in front of office was not unusual (and they wondered why people were so quiet in meetings!)
    -Weekly happy hours are a joke - felt very "forced" and the senior leaders clearly didn't want to participate (ditto for the holiday breakfast they would grudgingly make)
    -Social media efforts of local office are a joke; everything has to be approved and it's obvious. So "corporatized" it's ineffective

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs new local leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Underlying Hatred

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Quality in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Great Company to work for and grow in. Interesting and compelling work. Brilliant and creative stuff happening over there. Some great people to work side by side with. Beautiful office in NYC.

    Cons

    Weird, mental and emotional manipulation attempted repeatedly by managers and directors. Some people want you to succeed because that means everyone succeeds, but some people (mainly in leadership) want to crush you. I've never experienced anything like it. Even after I left, I continued to receive snarky, unprofessional, and unprompted emails and correspondence with managers and directors. But at least It made me feel even more confident in my decision to leave Edelman.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require managers to take management classes or management training so they don't behave like evil villains. Especially the ones who have been around for a long time and consistently proven to have outdated and inefficient management techniques and approaches.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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