Edelman Reviews

Updated 20 October, 2014
Updated 20 October, 2014
967 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 61 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 95 reviews)

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  1.  

    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

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

    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
  2.  

    Kiss goodbye your social life for a good name on a resume

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Great clients. Smart executives. Learn how to manage your time. "Edelman" stamp of approval on your resume.

    Cons

    Leadership consistently writes in the Globe about how great the culture is...
    Junior staff are often brought to tears by workload (55+ hours) and lack of appreciation from senior staff. Limited 'thank yous'
    The salaries listed on Glassdoor are NOT consistent with what junior staff are paid - Many junior staff members are paid very poorly and can barely afford rent.
    No training or on boarding.
    Junior staff apply to other jobs at their desks.
    Limited opportunity for feedback - no time to meet with managers or senior leaders - one person manages all of HR.
    Expected to 'market' yourself within the company by joining committees, events teams, etc. however, are then told you do not manage your time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize your junior staff. You will continue to have difficulty hiring and keeping them - we talk!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Read before you drink the koolaid

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Lunch and learns; good experience; learn how to manage time/multiple priorities/various expectations from leaders

    Cons

    Fatigue; junior staff are not supported and are underpaid. When junior staff ask for support, they are told they do not properly manage their time. Career success is dependent on manager - no direction on how to get ahead. One particular manager has now had over 4 people leave from under her management and nothing has been done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your junior staff members. Listen to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great company that values interpersonal relations and tenure

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Edelman is truly innovative; if you have an idea you can run with it. The people are genuinely nice and put clients first.

    Cons

    Career paths to promotions are unclear across departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share career progression guidelines and keep up the good work with hiring smart people!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Difficult to advance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Manager
    Current Employee - Administrative Manager

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

    Pros

    Good culture, intelligent senior most leadership, on the cutting edge of the industry

    Cons

    Long hours, junior staff unwilling to think or do work themselves, difficult to advance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Working with the best in the buisness

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    We have some of the smartest people in the industry. We also have the best employee engagement programs I've ever seen in my career.

    Cons

    We work A LOT. This, however, is not unique to Edelman. It's an industry thing...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the employee engagement initiatives going!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Edelman is a great workplace that challenges everyone to do their best every day.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Super smart people, collaborating environment

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be hard to move up the ladder.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Account Executive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Excellent name to have on a resume. Many learning opportunities. Strong digital practice. Well-known, high-profile clients. Many employment engagement initiatives.

    Cons

    Junior staff are expected to work long hours, with minimal financial compensation. Minimal on boarding process - several people quit within first couple of months. Senior leaders are too busy to provide guidance or support to junior staff. Feedback process is intimidating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more junior staff, and pay them more. Many junior staff are investing their evening hours, and cannot always make rent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to learn during the beginning of your career, not as a senior leader

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President, Digital in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Vice President, Digital in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Edelman full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Unique and valuable thought leadership,
    Strong thought leaders.
    Top clients.

    Cons

    Highly political, excellence and performance are not enough to succeed.
    While they preach balance, there is an expectation to put clients first, no matter what.
    Lack of support in emerging technologies.
    Lack of leadership development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you choose to invest in a new area or practice, be prepared to invest in hires beyond the sell the work and then we will staff it. If not, you will loose opportunities to excel, learn and provide great service to clients.
    Investing in your Leaders from Directors up will increase your leadership capacity and potential.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Edelman Vancouver office needs stronger leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    -Lots of perks, parties and incentives
    -Interesting clients for a smaller city

    Cons

    -Management doesn't notice highly unproductive team members and aggressive senior staff who desperately need management training.
    -Low salaries for middle managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing favourites, reevaluate staff members that are roadblocks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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