Edelman Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
864 Reviews

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Pros
  • Lots of resources available to employees and good work-life balance culture (in 51 reviews)

  • Many smart people to work with on a diverse portfolio of projects (in 52 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely high work pressure means that work life balance is adversely impacted (in 110 reviews)

  • Long hours; org structure difficult to understand/navigate (in 90 reviews)

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  1.  

    Edelman review

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    Current Employee - Vice President, Consumer  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Vice President, Consumer in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    - smart people
    - top clients
    - broad expertise
     - leading edge of PR biz

    Cons

    lack of work life balance
    takes a long time for advancement at higher levels
    low salary compared to other agencies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make compensation more competitive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    No comments

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    Current Employee - Creative Director  in  Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Creative Director in Mumbai (India)

    I have been working at Edelman full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic brands to work, Great at PR

    Cons

    Over intellectualizes everything, No vision for future in terms of a new team formed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Internship Experience

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at Edelman as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Incredibly smart colleagues and some decent accounts
    - Decent intern salary compared to other agencies
    - Occasional free food
    - Amazing CEO and leadership team
    - Outstanding HR team goes above and beyond

    Cons

    I give the discretion that your experience will vary depending on the team you work with and what office you are in. This is only my experience with my team as well as what I've observed with other interns:

    - First and foremost, the office talked a lot about being more creative and fostering a creative and innovative problem solving but you rarely saw it practiced. In fact, people were so bogged down in a systematic way of doing things that creativity was squandered altogether on the accounts I worked on / observed.
    - Teams treat interns as dispensable objects and rarely try to make you feel a part of the group
    - Supervisors don't help you get on projects you'd like to help out with
    - Supervisors and other mid-level employees could not care less about whether you are feeling fulfilled, overwhelmed, underwhelmed, etc. Any attempt to do so comes across as insincere or as if they are reading a script handed from HR
    - Little growth in the amount of responsibilities
    - Grunt work for days
    - Poor time management by some team members led to tight turnarounds and last minute projects that were easily avoidable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leadership talked so much about how rapidly the office was growing, and yet half of the interns are leaving for a lack of opportunity. Practice what you preach and look inwardly to fill entry-level positions. Other than that, management is pretty amazing here, save a few mid-level managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Challenging environment, but great for the right person

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, extensive resources available, good variety of opportunities because of size of company, global network, hours didn't seem any worse than other PR agency

    Cons

    Personality valued over work quality, departments don't work together as well as they might, can be very hard to get on the accounts you want to be on due to large size, culture is more competitive than supportive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    Edelman

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Edelman full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great clients. Collegial work environment. Good growth and professional development potential

    Cons

    Senior managers and executives need to be trained better to become more inspiring leaders

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great internship experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Intern in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I worked at Edelman as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work life balance, good company values, learning environment

    Cons

    Compensation is relatively low compared to industry average

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Corporate Practice Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Practice  in  Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Corporate Practice in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Edelman full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    the best platform at which you can get in touch with world-class clients and get first-class training

    Cons

    hard working and huge pressure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good agency environment; business is booming in Seattle

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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 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Breadth of clientele to meet your interests; employee benefits; new Seattle office location coming in November 2014; strong growth in Seattle market/office across disciplines and practice areas; salaries tend to be competitive within the agency market; company values and vision

    Cons

    Seattle parking (if you drive to work) can be $11-$13/day; work-life balance can be difficult based on client demands and workload, at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Edelman as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I have developed so many great skills in the short time I have been working here. The name definitely carries great status and reputation. The people I work with bring so much to the table on a daily basis.

    Cons

    The quality of work should be more recognized. Billing is way too important.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great people to work with/for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Executive  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Executive in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    You learn something new every day from co-workers and supervisors.

    Cons

    At times, the supervisors are doing a billion things that they can't really teach/train the people working under them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep motivating peers and increase training on digital.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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