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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a great company; local office incredibly challenging and facing a difficult future

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mid-Level in Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Mid-Level in Portland, OR (US)

    I worked at Edelman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Constant challenges, diversity of experiences, access to top talent across the globe, lots of interesting IP comes out
    -Many leaders outside the local office are fantastic and have become trusted mentors

    Cons

    -Local management has created a fear-based culture
    -Constant turnover
    -Lots of drama and rumors, gossip
    -Management attempts to be transparent, but it is completely inauthentic
    -The best leaders leave; ditto for staff members (generally)
    -Local leadership tends to be filled out by staff who, frankly, are socially awkward, work with their doors shut nearly all of the time and treat work as if the office is life and death (people absolutely lose their passion here and the majority have one foot out the door)
    -Training became a joke
    -Technology is old and IT support is poor (the local IT guy was great, but we rarely had access to him)
    -Work-life balance absolutely does not exist in this office
    -Company as a whole can move as slow as molasses
    -Can be incredibly arrogant and judgy of other agencies/companies/clients
    -Salary is not competitive
    -Someone in tears nearly every week (if not more)
    -Not a level playing field - feels like "friends" are promoted and granted ridiculous awards
    -Lack of professionalism from local management - inappropriate remarks made in front of office was not unusual (and they wondered why people were so quiet in meetings!)
    -Weekly happy hours are a joke - felt very "forced" and the senior leaders clearly didn't want to participate (ditto for the holiday breakfast they would grudgingly make)
    -Social media efforts of local office are a joke; everything has to be approved and it's obvious. So "corporatized" it's ineffective

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs new local leadership

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

    VP

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Great pay, learning opportunities, smart managers, great opportunity to learn for those starting their careers.

    Cons

    Bad behavior by senior management is rewarded with promotions if it means the client is happy, very poor work / life balance, silo'd work structure leads to in-fighting over client service, junior employees are exposed to some poor management behaviors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Protect the younger employees, who are excited to be there and learn, from managers who behave badly. You may be creating more bad behavior because they see it's acceptable and encouraged (via promotions).

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

    Underlying Hatred

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

    I worked at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Great Company to work for and grow in. Interesting and compelling work. Brilliant and creative stuff happening over there. Some great people to work side by side with. Beautiful office in NYC.

    Cons

    Weird, mental and emotional manipulation attempted repeatedly by managers and directors. Some people want you to succeed because that means everyone succeeds, but some people (mainly in leadership) want to crush you. I've never experienced anything like it. Even after I left, I continued to receive snarky, unprofessional, and unprompted emails and correspondence with managers and directors. But at least It made me feel even more confident in my decision to leave Edelman.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require managers to take management classes or management training so they don't behave like evil villains. Especially the ones who have been around for a long time and consistently proven to have outdated and inefficient management techniques and approaches.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Dragonfly

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Miller Resub Lot A Colonia, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Miller Resub Lot A Colonia, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    it was good on the job.

    Cons

    it was okay on the job but cons are a lot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not availiabel

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Edelman - great client service, good career opportunities but heavy workloads and focus on profits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in San Mateo, CA (US)

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Edelman has good opportunities for growth if you are aggressive and push hard for advancement. It has a wide network of offices and specialty practices and managers are usually open to transfer requests. Company encourages professional growth and education. Employees are smart, dedicated, and hard working - everyone brings something unique to the table at Edelman and clients are served very well.

    Cons

    Work is demanding, the hours are long and salaries are low compared to industry standards. Focus is on increasing profits. Easy to get lost in the company if you don't make the effort to network and stand out, there are plenty of others that can take your place. Company touts work/life balance but workloads and local managers don't support that. Day-to-day contact with local executives/GMs is very limited and they are not in touch with what's happening in local offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Local executive management should provide more oversight to local senior management, encourage work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Well-Oiled Machine

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    - Processes are seamless and quick
    - Employees are smart and everyone has their own set of expertise

    Cons

    Overtime is discouraged to a point, even when there is an overflow of work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fast-paced, on-the-go learning environment, perfect for a recent graduate

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    Edelman offers everything any entry-level worker could ask for from a large, established company: building and sharpening basic writing and professional skills, opportunities to network and establish meaningful professional relationships with clients, media and vendors across a wide range of industries, and a good balance of tasks requiring research, analysis, and creativity. Add to that an extensive worldwide network with opportunities for international transfer and exchanges, world-class thought leadership and IPs, and an inspiring global leadership team, Edelman truly stands out as a near perfect company for kick starting just about any career, related to PR or not.

    Cons

    The hierarchical structure often influences work culture and the office in Shanghai has little to no interaction outside of work. Team bonding activities are rare, though teams do tend to be close after surviving insane stretches of late nights at the office. Compensation is minimal, but again, for an entry level position it could be worse. Lastly, though the lack of work-life balance is part of any agency's work culture, Edelman truly values delivering quality work to clients above all else, even if that means occasionally sacrificing the health of those providing the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At the Shanghai office, more opportunities for mentorship would be greatly appreciated. Recent HR initiatives to encourage friendly competition between teams have received positive feedback as well as requests to amp up these sorts of campaigns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people in a very big company

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    Current Employee - SAE in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - SAE in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    co-workers are smart, fun and clever. lots of resources globally and abroad. large network allows for great insights across practices, traditional and digital PR as well as marketing

    Cons

    sometimes easy to get lost in the shuffle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Financial Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman

    Pros

    Great place to work for and some of the people are also great. Company offers a lot but you do have to stick out in order to be noticed.

    Cons

    Leadership is not so communicative as they should be for a commination work place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so shady and share information with all employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Global and enriching experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman

    Pros

    Edelman is one of the few PR agencies in Brazil that really allows you to take part at a global network. You get to meet and work with incredible people from Edelman network around the world and attend leading companies of the industry.

    Cons

    The office culture is fast-paced, you deal with a considerable amount of pressure and you are required to be multitasking, attentive and dedicated. You end up working extra hours, but that's standard for PR and comms market.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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