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Edelman Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
984 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 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.  

    The best of the best

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Good start of a career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman as an intern (less than an 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
  3.  

    great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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    Terrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    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
  6.  

    Good opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7.  

    Thought leaders.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • 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
  8.  

    Good global opportunities - but only when you are senior

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  9.  

    great agency if you can hack agency life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    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
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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