Edelman Reviews

Updated 20 October 2014
Updated 20 October 2014
967 Reviews
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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 61 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 95 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Good opportunities

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

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than an 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
  3.  

    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

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than an 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
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    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

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (less than an 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
  6.  

    great agency if you can hack agency life

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

    I have been working at Edelman as an intern (less than an year)

    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
  7.  

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

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

    I have been working at Edelman

    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
  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

    I have been working at Edelman

    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.  

    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

    I have been working at Edelman

    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
  10.  

    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

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Great perks, promotion opportunities, global relocation available.

    Cons

    Longer hours, but flexibility makes up for it.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 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

    I have been working at Edelman

    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

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