Edelman Reviews

Updated 16 October 2014
Updated 16 October 2014
965 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 133 reviews)

  • Junior staff are expected to work long hours, with minimal financial compensation (in 95 reviews)

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  1.  

    <3 Edelman

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leadership, growth opportunities, value, all great.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is what you'd expect working at the world's largest PR agency - if you do your research you'll know this coming in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2.  

    Amazing place to work alongside the best and brightest

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Super talented colleagues; great clients means we get to work on interesting and challenging assignments; proud to be part of a firm with such a strong and respected reputation

    Cons

    Superstars get tapped a lot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find quick-hit ways of sharing updates regularly; apply our employee engagement expertise to Edelman's internal communications, too

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Surreal, I still can't believe I work for such an amazing firm!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Administrator in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Office Administrator in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    This is my second week on the job, but it has been nothing short of what I expected. Amazing, smart people work here. The building is beautiful, has some of the best views of dtla and surrounding areas. A lot office perks, such as Starbucks coffee machines, cereal bar, snacks, fruit, and paid parking. Again, I haven't been here long, but I can tell that everything I have heard is real and true! Can't wait to become a tenured employee.

    Cons

    None that I can think of as of yet. Like many other reviews the only thing I can think of is the work life balance, but with everything that they offer this is not even an issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You rock! Keep doing what you do for your employees. Know that everyone here is happy and feels blessed to work here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company, dynamic, creative and talented co-workers, terrific clients, fabulous opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Edelman has a well-deserved stellar reputation in the PR industry. The client list is stellar, your co-workers are all rock-stars, the atmosphere is nurturing and they respect your work-life balance.

    Cons

    While the salary is good and bonuses during my tenure have been great, I don't like the fact that annual raises are tiny- under 3% I believe. I don't know if that would change during a year when bonuses might be limited, but think an excellent performance should merit a more substantial annual raise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Home sweet home

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazingly creative people making tremendous impact for clients; fantastic culture

    Cons

    Compensation, last minute deliverables for clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Large Firm with Start-Up Vibe

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    Current Employee - Leadership in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Leadership in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Solid leadership with the open playground to invent and re-invent new ways to build great programs for clients.

    Cons

    Agency life can be demanding of time outside of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep allowing folks to take risks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Edelman full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Big clients, good environment, people are helpful. Work life balance is good as well.

    Cons

    The pay is not competitive, especially for junior staff. The company is growing pretty rapidly but the training resources are not increasing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A breath of fresh air. I'm beyond happy being here.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Copywriter in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Junior Copywriter in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Incredibly inclusive culture. People are fun and social and welcoming. I feel respected, encouraged, and supported in my role here. I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of this team. Edelman is doing some groundbreaking things--no longer just in the PR world, they are a social agency doing advertising and interdisciplinary marketing for huge brands. I'm honored to be a part of it.

    Cons

    I honestly don't have much to complain about. We work in a very competitive industry, so there are (of course) late nights and difficult client demands, but that's just par for the course. Everyone brings their A game and hustles to make a contribution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing career opportunities if you go grab them

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in San Mateo, CA (US)

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Edelman truly does have some of the best in the business working here and the bench is very deep. The opportunities to learn from experts are vast, whether you want to know about financial communications, paid media, digital, celebrity sponsorships you name it, there is someone here that can teach you (and your clients) about it. If you put yourself out there and actively try to make connections within the agency, especially with senior leadership, you will be rewarded with strong experiences, promotions and direct feedback and mentorship in whatever direction interests you.

    Cons

    It is fairly easy to fall into mediocrity and be lost in this big agency. If you're keeping clients happy, especially a larger client, then you're often just let be to do your thing. Many managers won't push people if they're doing a good job at their baseline tasks. In order to really grow and experience the best parts of Edelman you have to be proactive and go and grab something above and beyond your current remit, otherwise it's too easy to be lost in this large company. An entrepreneurial, go getter spirit is very rewarded at Edelman, everything else is kind of ignored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management has a strong vision for the company, but it's not always communicated all the way down how we can have an impact. Tell even AAEs how they can get involved in making a new business goal a reality, make the tasks specific and the barrier low to getting people involved in the 'above and beyond' and you'll likely find a lot more superstars popping up. I think we loose quality talent that could be "superstar" but they are perhaps quiet and aren't clamoring for opportunities, so we never get a chance to see them shine. The squeaky wheels, who may not be the most talented, generally get the opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Smart people, company truly cares about their employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are smart, creative and strategic, and I learn something new every day. The global resources and intellectual property at Edelman are amazing. While the company is big, Richard Edelman is very involved and present in the office, which makes it feel like a true family business.

    Cons

    There are employee gaps that need to be filled, making work-life balance tough. The office is also quite large so it's difficult to meet people outside of your practice (Health, Consumer, etc.) While compensation gets better as you move up the ranks, it can definitely be improved and more comparable to other PR agencies, especially at the junior level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Junior team members need more guidance and resources, which is sometimes not considered because senior colleagues are too busy to provide adequate support. It's assumed that people will "just figure it out," which sets some junior team members up for failure. If junior team members make a mistake, the first thing that should be asked is "how could I have helped them succeed" versus pointing fingers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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