Edelman Reviews

Updated 30 October 2014
Updated 30 October 2014
972 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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    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    Smart people and fun, engaging work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incredible talent, crushing hours

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best talent and the best clients. Opportunity to learn a lot of facets and best practices of the PR business. Excellent perks and benefits.

    Cons

    Hours can be long and unpredictable. Switch groups, accounts, etc. or risk being pigeonholed. The transition from traditional PR to what Richard Edelman calls "communication marketing" is uncertain and frustrating at times, though I think that's unavoidable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers need to try new things too, but sometimes it feels like we're too expensive to be allowed to take risks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Talented Teams, Dream Clients, High Expectations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Edelman has far and away the most talented teams in the industry and subsequently has a dream client list. Everyone is smart and hard-working (if you're not, you're driven out pretty quickly), so it's easy to respect everyone you work with.

    We have unparalleled access to resources and the company value of "entrepreneurial spirit" isn't just marketing hype - I genuinely feel like I can drive change and make things happen without red tape, both internally and externally. That said, if you like a lot of attention or hand-holding, it's definitely not the agency for you.

    Cons

    Grueling pace and high expectations make for long hours and stressful days.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    <3 Edelman

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Leadership, growth opportunities, value, all great.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is what you'd expect working at the world's largest PR agency - if you do your research you'll know this coming in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A breath of fresh air. I'm beyond happy being here.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Copywriter in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Junior Copywriter in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Incredibly inclusive culture. People are fun and social and welcoming. I feel respected, encouraged, and supported in my role here. I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of this team. Edelman is doing some groundbreaking things--no longer just in the PR world, they are a social agency doing advertising and interdisciplinary marketing for huge brands. I'm honored to be a part of it.

    Cons

    I honestly don't have much to complain about. We work in a very competitive industry, so there are (of course) late nights and difficult client demands, but that's just par for the course. Everyone brings their A game and hustles to make a contribution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    What an amazing place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    The people, the global network, the firm's reputation, the benefits...the list goes on. As a junior employee, there is a lot of opportunity for growth and you have the chance to experience many different things and move up the ladder quickly.

    Cons

    You will work a lot, no doubt about that. Salary is a little low but the pros definitely outweigh the cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Superb company culture

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman

    Pros

    Excellent atmosphere,
    Great Training. HR really do take an interest in every person. You are made to feel like an individual and there are excellent opportunities.
    Fab clients
    Promotions are given - but it can take a while.

    Cons

    Filling out a timesheet for every hour of the day each week>
    There does seem to be some favouritism - but then there is in most companies

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best for a reason...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Best in the business colleagues and clients. Engaged and forward leaning CEO. A truly global and truly collaborative work environment. Management all rose through the ranks and understand the job as an Account Executive and all the way up.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be difficult to achieve. It is very easy to overload your plate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that you continue to monitor workloads.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company, dynamic, creative and talented co-workers, terrific clients, fabulous opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Edelman has a well-deserved stellar reputation in the PR industry. The client list is stellar, your co-workers are all rock-stars, the atmosphere is nurturing and they respect your work-life balance.

    Cons

    While the salary is good and bonuses during my tenure have been great, I don't like the fact that annual raises are tiny- under 3% I believe. I don't know if that would change during a year when bonuses might be limited, but think an excellent performance should merit a more substantial annual raise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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