Edelman Reviews

Updated 30 October 2014
Updated 30 October 2014
972 Reviews
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Edelman President and CEO Richard W. Edelman
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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.  

    Great company to start your career at.

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of short-term projects and opportunities available to maximize learning. Colleagues are smart, fun and personable. Fantastic training courses available.

    Cons

    Not much say in clients you work for. Always expected to be "on the clock" even when out of the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should always work with their direct report. it doesn't make sense for a manager to "manage" you if they have no direct knowledge of what you are like as an employee in actual client-facing work settings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A very satisfying experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance, open 360 degree approach

    Cons

    Could have more lateral growth prospects

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    One of the best places I've worked

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

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

    Pros

    I've worked for over 10 organizations in my career and this is definitely top 2. Company culture is large and supportive but still nimble. And, for a PR firm, people are intelligent, strategic, and on top of things. Good managers and VP level leadership. Company appreciates people who don't come from a PR background which is in my opinion, the best way to differentiate. Supportive managers if you are a good employee. I have only been here for a few months and my manager is already working with me to try and get me a promotion. Fingers crossed!

    Cons

    Still don't understand the divide between the "digital" and "pr" practices within the firm. seems to be an org construct that doesn't reflect people's actual knowledge or abilities. I'm betting this will go away soon. Geographies also operate pretty separately but not a deal breaker, just an observation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of digital vs pr teams. Everyone should be doing both.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Blazing a trail for the future

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Incredibly smart and talented workforce. This company gets it, sees where the industry is going. Ability to meld social/traditional/digital/measurement = best-in-class. Unlimited ambition, which can be infectious (in a good way). Diversity of coworkers makes every day an adventure.

    Cons

    Divergence of traditional and digital mediums is both a blessing and a curse, but the savvy of our department heads stack the deck in Edelman's favor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue respecting the talent and vision our junior staff embodies. They will be the leadership, soon enough.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Adrenaline ride of opportunities, deadlines and experiences

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    The company is extremely entrepreneurial and you have many opportunities to grow a long-lasting career that is incredibly dynamic and engaging.

    Cons

    It is a competitive environment, which can make it intense at times. However, we hire smart and creative people who are interested in being successful and pushing the limits for new ideas, approaches, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on removing arbitrary barriers created internally by separate P&L structures between offices (and sometimes even within the same office).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to build your career

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture with a diverse mix of smart, hard working individuals who are all passionate about the work. Generous benefits and competitive compensation. Casual environment, NY office is in a great location and easily accessible from west side subway lines. Impressive roster of clients. Excellent leadership that cares about career growth.

    Cons

    Its fast paced, but can sometimes feel like constant fire drill mode. Hours can be long, but nothing crazy or unusual compared to similar companies/industries. It's a tough environment for less experienced/lower level employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    entrepreneurial, collaborative culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Edelman is always pushing the limits of what's possible and giving the team the tools to innovate. Fantastic culture, a commitment to work/life balance, and an aggressive strategy to promote women into leadership roles. Great clients and brands, opportunity to work on integrated communications marketing campaigns that stretch your experience and knowledge.

    Cons

    Fast-paced culture, must be able to multi-task and be agile each and every day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Keeps you on your toes...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    great people, innovative, creative, fast-paced, fun, engaging, office culture

    Cons

    work-life balance, lots of travel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be greater connection between the firm's most senior leadership and younger employees. I see good interaction between these groups on the local level but very little interaction with the firm's top level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Career opportunity with lots of room for growth

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, frequent raises/promotions, collaborative environment, room for creativity and self expression, opportunity to go far and gain expertise in multiple markets.

    Cons

    Low pay at junior level, long work hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great environment, great people, great opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    opportunities for growth, company values, positive environment, encouraging upper management, interesting work

    Cons

    Compensation could be better for top preformers on lower levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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