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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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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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  1.  

    Good opportunities

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England

    Pros

    Throw you in at the deep and and allow you space to grow

    Cons

    Excessive hours, will screw you on salary given a chance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Thought leaders.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources BP  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Human Resources BP in London, England

    Pros

    Independent
    Family oriented
    Leading the way in PR/Public Engagement

    Cons

    UK has been without a CEO for some time. This is now due to change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good global opportunities - but only when you are senior

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

    Pros

    - Some really great clients
    - Decent holiday benefits (start on 20 days holiday (rising to 25) + 1/2 day around bank holidays + days off between Xmas and New Year + Birthday day
    - Smart and innovative colleagues
    - Good training

    Cons

    - The pay for junior staff is really poor
    - People can be overlooked for promotion as MDs are just so busy and don't get much time to interact with junior staff
    - The hours are long - which would be much more palatable if they pay was better
    - The tasks can be thankless, boring and monotonousness for junior staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Pay your junior staff something they can actually survive on

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    great agency if you can hack agency life

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Intern  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Intern in London, England

    Pros

    collaborative environment
    creative
    fun
    great perks
    high budget clients

    Cons

    long hours
    very fast pace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    doing a great jon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic & fun place to work where real opportunities are given, but hours are long and pay is low.

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

    Pros

    Global agency with incredible list of clients. Great people, all of whom are very competent and driven. It is fun and full of young people. There is a real push for people to learn and take on as much responsibility as they feel fit.

    Cons

    Resourcing is a constant problem. As with all agencies, the salaries are not high especially if they are put in relation to the number of hours spent in the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to people. Winning new business is only one part of a successful company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fantastic place to work, with a clear company vision, great clients, and very capable staff at all levels

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunities to work with some great consumer and corporate brands on interesting projects, very capable management at all levels, decent pay, days in lieu offered readily for working long hours or on the weekend, and a clearly articulated company vision bringing the company together.

    Cons

    Employees often work long hours, not a great pension scheme, quite a top heavy structure - there is a lack of junior support staff, and senior staff often have difficulty in pushing back on clients resulting in unrealistic deadlines and over servicing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move to a bit more of a pyramid structure where there is a decent number of junior support staff, and try pushing back on clients. We should be offering strategic counsel and not necessarily doing every single thing they ask us to do.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    it was ok, some stuff left a bad taste in my mouth

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    Current Employee - Accounts Executive  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Accounts Executive in London, England

    Pros

    they have got a great eye for detail, high standards, offer opportunities to grow,

    Cons

    as a very junior employee, I was exhausted, long hours are expected. I had just started and yet they do not give staff teething time to settle in, one feels they are already being discussed at the coffee table by peers/ managers. Some of the tasks are very dull and they pounce on juniors with free time to get their tasks done. seemed a bit cuthroat in some instances. Cliquey. There are people there in their early 30s who have been there since their early twenties and probably on over inflated salaries, very nervous that juniors should pull their weight.
    The economic downturn has made them nervous. Shame I left as I learnt a lot of good stuff but in the long run...it was not a good fit in terms of lifestyle or long run feel good organisation with a creative thought process and supportive learning culture at its heart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more flexible, and supportive of juniors. Strip top level of so many overpaid managers. actually let staff leave at 5.30. They might actually be more creative. There was an element of big brother is watching which annoyed me. One had to report their every movement to the entire dept and junior staff are often managed by very young staff themselves who are insecure and put undue pressure on their subordinates.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great independent PR company, nice family feel without the corporate restraints.

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

    Pros

    Great perks, promotion opportunities, global relocation available.

    Cons

    Longer hours, but flexibility makes up for it.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard work, but worth it

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Director in London, England

    Pros

    Great clients tackling major issues; a culture of innovation; focus on personal professional development; collaborative approach; friendly environment. And the new London offices are fantastic.

    Cons

    Work life balance is poor, especially for the best people; slightly obsessed with all things digital, but the firm is a market leader in this space so they do have the right to feel proud about that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing specific; senior management is generally in touch with the business and manages the organisation well

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stepping stone to greater opportunities

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trainee  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Trainee in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    As an intern, I worked with many different clients. The staff is creative with many diverse backgrounds. There are many great employee benefits, including mixers, happy hours, snacks around the office, and career training. There are a variety of opportunities to apply different skill sets here, so there is always new and interesting work to be done. Excellent experience in traditional and social media communications.

    Cons

    The job is quite demanding and does not lend itself to a great work-life balance. Many folks burn out quickly. Also, the pay initially does not meet the expectations of the job. Lower-level employees must dig their heels in for several years before salary begins to match the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue investing in your hires and do not burn them out!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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