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Edelman Reviews

Updated 6 August 2014
Updated 6 August 2014
854 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 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent place to learn, lacks staff welfare and work life balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Best place to lay a solid foundation to pave a career in PR and communications.
    Compressed learning, wide exposure with cross practice opportunity.

    Cons

    Lacks work life balance.
    Consistent performers are 'rewarded' with more projects/ heavier workload resulting in burn out. Consultants leave not because of the lack of opportunity but the lack of management recognition, welfare, compensation and benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Finance and HR needs to be two separate entities.
    Engage in 360 performance based rewards instead of personal bias.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best of the global agencies in Korea, but...still MUCH room for improvement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seoul (South Korea)

    Pros

    Big-name clients that look good on anyone's resume. Great coffee machines. A good number of very smart people. Struggling to come up with more "pros" to hit the 20 word minimum.

    Cons

    Finances are not transparent and decisions on hiring/firing seem to be made in a very fast and loose manner. Promotions and bonuses are not based on performance, but on how much you didn't get on the decision maker's bad side. Practice leads are forced to be competitive about resources rather than work collaboratively. Leadership at the very top is very weak, and as this is is very well known throughout the industry, it makes recruitment very challenging. It's the best global brand in the industry, but I think most people would be shocked at how little of those corporate values that have made it such have "trickled down" to this office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Show up differently" by not sticking to the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" saying. Yes, the office has achieved its numbers over the past few years, but you should be asking yourselves why this office has been bleeding its best and longest-serving people. Regional/global execs in charge of this market need to look at expanding their own connections to include other mid-level and senior people who work here, rather than rely on just one person to inform them of what is going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Internship experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Really love it - great mentoring, awesome manager, and an established internship program. You feel like you learn a lot and get a good sense of the PR industry.

    Cons

    Not entirely well-paying and very early hours for some interns. Would be great to have more diversity in work - it appears that you can be stuck on an account for a long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be nice if pay was higher - also would be great if senior level management interacted with interns more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience and positive culture!

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

    Pros

    The people are helpful and you get to work on great accounts with top companies.

    Cons

    Pay and hours are decent for a PR Firm and there is room to get hired if you do a good job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great way to get introduced to PR firm culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Edelman Digital Intern  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Edelman Digital Intern in Washington, DC (US)

    Pros

    benefits, company outing and recreation, friendly staff

    Cons

    interns rarely get hired, they don't have enough space for a lot of their hires, no privacy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire so many interns if you know you can't hire them. It's unethical.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work and growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Billing Coordinator  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Billing Coordinator in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    Edelman gives you tools and makes it a bit easier for you to Grow.

    Cons

    none as of today

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fast paced, fun working environment!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very smart and talented people, company is invested in employees. Great work/life balance and cutting edge social media work.

    Cons

    I enjoyed my time at Edelman & would love the opportunity to work there again.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best PR agency around. Period.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in San Francisco, CA (US)

    Pros

    -Creative environment with diverse set of employees
    -Impressive and exciting client list
    -Difference-making IP
    -Culture of client partnerships
    -Emphasis on work/life balance
    -Opportunities for growth

    Cons

    -Salaries tend to stay low; management knows Edelman is a sough-after place and salaries seem to be curbed accordingly compared to competition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Continue building on the enriching environment you've created for your employees
    -For the right people, be ready to invest with $ without having to play a lot of the "negotiation game"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place overall, staff are positive, benefits package, culture events and parties, extra long weekends, etc.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people are fabulous, great benefits package, office culture is good, and lots of great incentives.

    Cons

    Lack of organized structure at times, no clear direction to grow your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consistency is key with staff and providing feedback and support.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC (US)

    Pros

    Was given meaningful work and had great supervisors that not only made themselves available to me but made feel like they were really invested in me benefiting from my experience there.

    Cons

    With the real possibility of a job offer resulting from serving as an intern, there can be a very competitive work culture between the interns. This has its benefits and downfalls.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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