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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    VP

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Great pay, learning opportunities, smart managers, great opportunity to learn for those starting their careers.

    Cons

    Bad behavior by senior management is rewarded with promotions if it means the client is happy, very poor work / life balance, silo'd work structure leads to in-fighting over client service, junior employees are exposed to some poor management behaviors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Protect the younger employees, who are excited to be there and learn, from managers who behave badly. You may be creating more bad behavior because they see it's acceptable and encouraged (via promotions).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Dragonfly

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Miller Resub Lot A Colonia, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Miller Resub Lot A Colonia, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    it was good on the job.

    Cons

    it was okay on the job but cons are a lot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not availiabel

  3.  

    Don't let the culture fool you

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and culture, nice office. Collegues are very nice and there is a "family" feel. Good standard benefits.

    Cons

    Management tries their very best to get away with giving the lowest salaries possible. When you do get a raise, it's minimal. They say they "can't", but truth is they won't.
    No significant growth opportunities. Ideas to improve the process or structure are dismissed.
    Under the surface there are little battles taking place between employees, management does not seem to want to resolve these and avoids them by telling individuals what they want to hear to keep them happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees more about what they think.
    Don't treat junior staff like slaves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people, big ideas but don't seem executed well

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing.
    A lot of great people and a few MD's are incredible. All levels are approachable.
    Do some really good work, and good clients.
    Richard Edelman is a really inspiring and friendly leader.

    Cons

    Work life balance.
    High and unrealistic expectations without the support and staff to do them - extremely stressful environment.
    Fair pay for PR positions, but I know support staff are paid a lot lower than the industry average salary band.
    Would only recommend to PR staff, and if they could cope with stress and not much recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people, or people who can actually do the job. Don't race into decisions out of desperation.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    My 6 Month Internship in the D.C. Office

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Big clients- Hilton, Walmart, Pepse, Adobe, Dannon, etc.
    Big office- many people to connect with and learn from
    In the heart of D.C.
    Edelman Learning Institute classes- hearing from & meeting experts
    Nice perks like endless coffee and ice cream on Fridays
    Was paid $12.25 an hour + time and a half for over time.

    Cons

    At least 30 interns any given week
    Most of the time you are isolated from the "real" employees.All interns are sectioned off in rooms together.
    Work follows you home.
    Not a steady rhythm- either stressed and pulling your hair out or bored and twiddling you thumbs.
    Getting a full-time position mostly depends on timing, luck of the draw.
    Lots of drinking in the office (maybe that is a pro to you though).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more feedback. Meet with interns regularly. Give the intern a written review at the end of their internship.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Well-Oiled Machine

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    - Processes are seamless and quick
    - Employees are smart and everyone has their own set of expertise

    Cons

    Overtime is discouraged to a point, even when there is an overflow of work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fast-paced, on-the-go learning environment, perfect for a recent graduate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    Edelman offers everything any entry-level worker could ask for from a large, established company: building and sharpening basic writing and professional skills, opportunities to network and establish meaningful professional relationships with clients, media and vendors across a wide range of industries, and a good balance of tasks requiring research, analysis, and creativity. Add to that an extensive worldwide network with opportunities for international transfer and exchanges, world-class thought leadership and IPs, and an inspiring global leadership team, Edelman truly stands out as a near perfect company for kick starting just about any career, related to PR or not.

    Cons

    The hierarchical structure often influences work culture and the office in Shanghai has little to no interaction outside of work. Team bonding activities are rare, though teams do tend to be close after surviving insane stretches of late nights at the office. Compensation is minimal, but again, for an entry level position it could be worse. Lastly, though the lack of work-life balance is part of any agency's work culture, Edelman truly values delivering quality work to clients above all else, even if that means occasionally sacrificing the health of those providing the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At the Shanghai office, more opportunities for mentorship would be greatly appreciated. Recent HR initiatives to encourage friendly competition between teams have received positive feedback as well as requests to amp up these sorts of campaigns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people in a very big company

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    Current Employee - SAE in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - SAE in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    co-workers are smart, fun and clever. lots of resources globally and abroad. large network allows for great insights across practices, traditional and digital PR as well as marketing

    Cons

    sometimes easy to get lost in the shuffle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Edelman - great client service, good career opportunities but heavy workloads and focus on profits

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in San Mateo, CA (US)

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Edelman has good opportunities for growth if you are aggressive and push hard for advancement. It has a wide network of offices and specialty practices and managers are usually open to transfer requests. Company encourages professional growth and education. Employees are smart, dedicated, and hard working - everyone brings something unique to the table at Edelman and clients are served very well.

    Cons

    Work is demanding, the hours are long and salaries are low compared to industry standards. Focus is on increasing profits. Easy to get lost in the company if you don't make the effort to network and stand out, there are plenty of others that can take your place. Company touts work/life balance but workloads and local managers don't support that. Day-to-day contact with local executives/GMs is very limited and they are not in touch with what's happening in local offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Local executive management should provide more oversight to local senior management, encourage work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Financial Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman

    Pros

    Great place to work for and some of the people are also great. Company offers a lot but you do have to stick out in order to be noticed.

    Cons

    Leadership is not so communicative as they should be for a commination work place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so shady and share information with all employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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