Edelman Reviews

Updated 28 September 2014
Updated 28 September 2014
877 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 53 reviews)

  • Many smart people to work with on a diverse portfolio of projects (in 56 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely high work pressure means that work life balance is adversely impacted (in 115 reviews)

  • Long hours; org structure difficult to understand/navigate (in 92 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Edelman Digital is not Ready for Prime Time

    Former Employee - Content Strategist  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Content Strategist in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Edelman as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    None whatsoever. Never saw a place that was this ill-prepared for project management. Ever.

    Cons

    Project "Manager" and subordinates are grasping around trying to figure out how to do basic web or intranet re-design projects; stick to PR, kids, and reserve the deeper waters for digital agencies that know how to do this.
    Not near any trains, so commute sucks.
    Did not meet anyone during my whole 2 hours of employment there that I thought was intelligent, stable, creative or worth hiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire people like the indecisive PM that hired me without ever interviewing me. Don't hire anyone for the Digital side that does not understand how to run these types of projects. Don't hire anyone who thinks that excel spreadsheets are scary and weird-looking. Also, don't put new staff in a supply closet with broken PA systems, spare tables and chairs (NO JOKE, THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED!!!)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't believe the hype

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Most of the people you work with are great (emphasis on 'most'). Good benefits, vacation time and a beautiful office. Plenty of social events. Great client list and recognition of the Edelman name.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, family run popularity contest. I'm not sure I understand all the positive reviews after having worked there for 2+ years. Exceptions to various rules are the norm- it's all about who you know, how long you've been there, and how much dirt you have on various sketchy situations that keeps you in control. Junior staff are disposable and they salaries are not competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the people who are actually doing the work, not the figureheads who are practically furniture they've been there for so long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Creative and aggressive

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

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

    Pros

    biggest in the industry; global

    Cons

    competition among offices; fees are getting high

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Little Pay for Great Experience

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great clients to gain reputable experience working with.

    Cons

    They will not pay you for the work you do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8. 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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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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    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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