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Edelman Reviews

Updated 26 February 2015
Updated 26 February 2015
1,013 Reviews
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Pros
  • Lots of resources available to employees and good work-life balance culture (in 65 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 137 reviews)

  • Long hours; org structure difficult to understand/navigate (in 94 reviews)

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  1.  

    Global and enriching experience

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    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
  2.  

    Great people, big ideas but don't seem executed well

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing.
    A lot of great people and a few MD's are incredible. All levels are approachable.
    Do some really good work, and good clients.
    Richard Edelman is a really inspiring and friendly leader.

    Cons

    Work life balance.
    High and unrealistic expectations without the support and staff to do them - extremely stressful environment.
    Fair pay for PR positions, but I know support staff are paid a lot lower than the industry average salary band.
    Would only recommend to PR staff, and if they could cope with stress and not much recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people, or people who can actually do the job. Don't race into decisions out of desperation.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A family company with inclusive values

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Employees treated fairly
    Good HR department
    Communication with owner/CEO

    Cons

    Cramped office space
    Too many managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actively encourage diversity in recruitment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Personal growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Not a place for the faint hearted and senior management are like school yard bullies

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    you do have the chance to work with some amazing clients and the creative work is some of the most exciting in the industry. When we have visits from Richard Edelman it is great as he really shows he cares for the office and what we are doing and you feel you are part of a wider movement...great guy

    Cons

    Long hours with sometimes non approachable MD's (Brand) there is no point sharing your concerns with HR as instead of helping they just see you as a problem

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to get out of your glass bubble and encourage the more junior staff the opportunity to shine and not run an agency of fear

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Edelman support staff experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman (less than a 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
  11.  

    Inspiring

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 a 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

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