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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Challenging work in familiar atmosphere

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    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Good start of a career

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Edelman as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Interns are delegated important and valued work and feel like part of the team. Edelman is a great start of a PR career, at least it gives you the insight one would need before entering the industry. Lots of talents and highly collaborative environment, very international environment (but this can be a cons though...)
    Management level staff are very cool and friendly, very willing to teach

    Thumbs up for the company culture.

    Cons

    You either get really free or super busy, but hey, welcome to the PR industry!
    Perspectives of the company not local enough...this MIGHT be because of the very high expat ratio in the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep what you are doing, as an intern I really can't complain!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    amazing firm, exciting to work for, always want to be the best - but in a good, ethical way

    Cons

    same as any large firm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible

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

    I worked at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Good values established from company founder. You walk in and sense the family ethic, majority of people are friendly. Decent benefits the longer you are with the company.

    Cons

    The good values are fading fast. The place is full of managers thinking they are top VIP's. The power has gone to their heads. Leadership unable to handle PR pressure and often shout profanities over conference calls or to assistants. Senior staff have no problem in being rude and will happily make you feel as if you can't do your job, terrible as your obviously there as you are fully qualified. You do get a sense that people openly gossip for a pass time. Many middle-aged senior women seem like they could have been top editors or working in fashion PR and missed the boat. The creative division has tarnished the reputation of the company as the senior staff are erratic, many mood swings that makes it impossible for individuals to concentrate and work. Very weak HR team. Induction is a booklet to read on the morning you arrive. Took nearly a week to get a second hand laptop set-up and basic blackberry. Terrible disappointment for a global PR firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a strong HR team. Management should look at the reputation of the company and the people that are giving the place a bad name. Address behaviour issues with senior staff and offer training/ counselling to heads of divisions to teach them ways of dealing with pressure, and how to treat people with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good opportunities

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

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

    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
  10.  

    Thought leaders.

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    Current Employee - Human Resources BP in London, England
    Current Employee - Human Resources BP in London, England

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

    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
  11.  

    Good global opportunities - but only when you are senior

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounts Executive in London, England
    Current Employee - Accounts Executive in London, England

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

    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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