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Edelman Reviews

Updated 19 November 2014
Updated 19 November 2014
975 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 64 reviews)

  • Many smart people to work with on a diverse portfolio of projects (in 62 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 96 reviews)

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  1.  

    Personal growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great clients, great teams, great leadership

    Cons

    Agency hours, compensation, career opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    PR or Social, you'll love it. Integrated marketing outfit with creative firepower, you might be wanting.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    Excellent PR agency, with a reputation to match. Strong social media side of the agency. Admirable initiatives such as GWEN.

    Cons

    Great PR / Social agency, so it has a lot to offer in the comms space. It competes less successfully in the integrated-marketing or brand-driven space. Lead, creative agency networks bring deeper channel planning and creative talent to bear in these cases. Apparent in pitch results. Creative is also an issue. Ninety-percent of creative is developed by account management. Very few offices have trained, conceptual creative development resources. Even here in London, a major hub, there's a very small creative team. The culture's definitely friendly, but it's also very cliquey.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build around existing core competencies. Invest in creative properly, hiring reputable creative directors and allowing them to build a creative product. Shake up the culture.

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

    Superb company culture

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman

    Pros

    Excellent atmosphere,
    Great Training. HR really do take an interest in every person. You are made to feel like an individual and there are excellent opportunities.
    Fab clients
    Promotions are given - but it can take a while.

    Cons

    Filling out a timesheet for every hour of the day each week>
    There does seem to be some favouritism - but then there is in most companies

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    Horrible, agressive, combative atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    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
  6.  

    Edelman support staff experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman (less than an year)

    Pros

    Edelman employees are mainly really positive and upbeat about the company they are working for and the work they do. The ethics of the Edelman family appear to resonate throughout the whole organisation

    Cons

    Little acknowledgement of the back office staff from management. If you cannot input to the creative process there are few opportunities to get you abilities or skills recognised as beneficial.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not forget the importance of the support services who although not revenue makers are pivotal to the success of the process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Inspiring

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    Edelman is widely regarded for its Trust Barometer, which not only distinguishes the firm but acts as a foundation for much of the work the agency does. As a fiercely independent but still leading and very international operation, the culture, the people and the clients that Edelman retains are truly inspiring.

    Cons

    For all of the reasons I just mentioned, the bar on quality is very high at Edelman. This is obviously a good thing, but obviously also does create a certain amount of pressure to always be better than the day before. There's a certain amount of stress that goes along with that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It's all about the incredible people you get to work with. Buckets of opportunity, but you need to know the right people

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    Current Employee - Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Director in London, England

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Great CEO and company ethos, has the right thinking and approach. Clever, fun and interesting people to be around and work with. Creatively inspiring and able to move with the times and adapt. Cultivates an entrepreneurial attitude in everyone.

    Cons

    It's an agency so there are long hours. Different market locations have different vibes, and as with all places internal politics can be hard to navigate. A handful of senior leaders have their own interests before the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in internal communication and ensure it's not just the same senior people you get to see, talk with and listen to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall a great place to work...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    Fantastic environment, brilliant teams to work with, engaged forward thinking in terms of PR and the PR enviroment.

    Cons

    Not focussed on the support staff (Finance, HR, Facilities/Office Management); can be bureaucratic; internal comms aren't always as strong as they could be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that there is good succession planning in place and that there is consistency in how this is put in place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Challenging work in familiar atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Edelman is a key player in the public relations industry. As an employee you get the chance to handle big clients, work on challenging projects and enjoy great teamwork. Edelman also offers a lot of training as well as exchange opportunities. Compared to other agencies, this employer puts a strong emphasis also on the work-life-balance of the employees.

    Cons

    Overall in the industry, the payment is considerably low especially considering the sometimes long hours and overtime is not compensated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The best of the best

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    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

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

    Pros

    The people, the quality of clients, the resources, travel opportunities, big budgets.

    Cons

    - It seems like it's hit or miss in terms of quality managers - some are great, others are dreadful.
    - Little work/life balance; long hours.
    - Promotional cycles are too limited.
    - Offices are open space and we all sit way too close to one another.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training required on a regular basis for managers so that we maintain quality; better HR departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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