Edelman Reviews

Updated 15 September, 2014
Updated 15 September, 2014
872 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place to develop

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Jakarta (Indonesia)

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

    Pros

    Weekly training gives always room for personal and professional improvement, informal working environment, a regular brainstorming where the lowest employee in the group could also speak out his thinking.

    Cons

    There are no overtime fee. And working in the communication and PR industry means you will always have to work overtime almost everyday.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    7 years and counting...

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor

    I have been working at Edelman full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Mobility across offices, job functions and clients; global network; brilliant people

    Cons

    Work-life balance can get a bit out of whack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Churn and burn.

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    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Big name brings in clients or at least short list for clients. Perks

    Cons

    Company size has hurt structure. Teams compete with each other, they do not work together well. Company can always bring in new business which leads to less than total effort to serve existing clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would take a consulting firm to fix.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Richard Edelman taking his eye off the firm too much lately!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, entrepreneurial spirit, great clients.

    Cons

    New US leadership does not seem interested in rewarding hard work and loyalty; they are young and appear to want older talent to leave the organization. It's clear based on recent changes they have made. Richard Edelman is ruining the rich culture the firm once had by allowing rogue leaders to run things in the wrong direction. The organization - in US region -- is not what is used to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Richard Edelman: look at the damage new leaders are doing - from global COO to US CEO and COO. They are not helping the very rich culture you and your family built. Many employees are looking to leave the firm because of the way those leaders are treating employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Interesting

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Edelman has outstanding "soft" benefits; coffee, lattes, fresh fruit, snacks, etc. The PTO policy is also very generous. Great loop location.

    Cons

    Back office positions are somewhat isolated from the rest of the firm. There doesn't seem to be a genuine effort to correct that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People matter. Treat them well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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