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Edelman Reviews

Updated 6 August, 2014
Updated 6 August, 2014
854 Reviews

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Edelman President and CEO Richard W. Edelman
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684 Ratings

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.  

    Great people to work with/for

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    Current Employee - Associate Executive  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Executive in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    You learn something new every day from co-workers and supervisors.

    Cons

    At times, the supervisors are doing a billion things that they can't really teach/train the people working under them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep motivating peers and increase training on digital.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Loving the global mobility program

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros

    We can have a real conversation about global positions esp region jobs, transfers, secondments etc

    Opportunity to work on global clients and contribute to local brands.

    Cons

    Hours are long but the office is fairly social so at least i feel like i am hanging with friends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would love more visibility from the new HR lead
    Work life integration (Blue Skies Friday is a good new idea but let's keep it going)
    Start of real career pathing conversation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Simply the Best

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

    Pros

    Independence means freedom from the financial pressures put on agencies in holding companies; Richard Edelman's game-changing leadership; you will go to work each day surrounded by the smartest people in the industry, at all levels.

    Cons

    The pace and size will not be for everyone. It is big, fast and extremely smart -- you have to be on your toes at all times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep setting the bar high and pushing the industry forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fantastic to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    Learn many skills, provided challenges and career growth opportunities, very social, made wonderful friends

    Cons

    Long hours, great if you are single but a challenge if you are in a relationship or wanting a family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help junior and senior members find a way to achieve true work-life balance (work one day a week from home or build up staff on teams)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fabulous opportunities--with high expectations

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    Incredible work. Challenging client assignments and the resources to the the best work possible. People are very talented and many make great mentors, especially for mid & senior career. For people who fit the culture, the "entrepreneurial spirit" is real. The firm provides resources necessary to make good ideas happen.

    Cons

    Need to set your own boundaries because the firm will always push for better work. Some of the internal financial structure can make collaboration difficult, but individual relationships always trump the official policies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Work-Life Balance is a Farce at Edelman

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

    Pros

    The Silicon Valley office has decent snacks, and there truly is an interest in evolving PR as journalism changes. Of the large agencies, Edelman is the most committed to industry research and not just preaching expertise, but truly investigating the best ways to serve clients.

    Cons

    The down side is minimal work-life balance. While the agency continues to invent cute ways to provide "balance" and perks for employees, the truth of the matter is that certain clients and teams will consistently work 10 hr+ days (not including a lunch break), and even longer during major launches. I define balance as working hard, long hours during the upswings, but having a chance to recuperate and duck out early during downswings. Unfortunately, my accounts have never had downswings, and working until 8-630 is business-as-usual, even on Fridays.

    Beyond just client work in excess of my intended allocation, billing under the required eight hours is highly frowned upon - even if you've worked 12+ hours days prior. This was made clear after a colleague was scolded for billing 7 hour day following two weeks of 12-hour days. While you can evade scrutiny by floating hours, the lack of flexibility is laughable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not everyone is equipped to be a PM: many people went into PR thinking they could avoid numbers, and this lack of skill skews allocations and makes workloads heavier than they should be. Invest in financial training and crack down on deltas in allocation - not just when complaints bubble up. Otherwise, you're continuing to foster a "squeaky wheel" culture. Find ways to build career paths where those who do well working with percentages can PM; those who don't excel there, can contribute in other leadership paths.

    In addition, hire Interns that actually have potential to grow within Edelman. Too often, post-grad interns are hired that can do the mundane intern tasks "OK," but have a good attitude; while a positive attitude is welcome, it's not grounds for for a new hire. These conversions breed frustration in the AAE-AE level as junior staffers slowly move along despite a lack of skill. It's unfair to those not equipped to do the job continue to struggle to tread water in junior roles, and those on their team suffer by having to carry too much extra weight. Make smart hiring decisions at all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It's been a while

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Washington, DC (US)

    Pros

    Interested in new ideas and technologies, gives room for growth

    Cons

    demanding hours, lots of hand-holding of clients

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    Great place to learn from higher ups, challenging, lots of really useful experience that helps set you up for a future at an agency

    Cons

    Sometimes very stressful, sometimes nothing to do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balance out the work load so it's consistent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Challenging and stimulating, but very frustrating

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC (US)

    Pros

    Great place to learn, great resources

    Cons

    Competitive to a fault, easy to fall through the cracks when working on large accounts

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Horrible, agressive, combative atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    BIG - lots of budget for things like training. Good perks. Great pay.

    Cons

    Horrible management only concerned with squeezing clients for money, and employees for work. Senior leadership pits managers against each other, creating a non-collaborative and aggressive atmospherel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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