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Edelman Account Director Reviews

Updated Aug 16, 2019

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Edelman President and CEO Richard W. Edelman
Richard W. Edelman
9 Ratings
  1. "Great career opportunities"

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    Account Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Edelman for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great accounts, which is great if you're starting off in your career Stable agency - strong and steady growth Really smart people Very creative individuals willing to come up with inventive ways to solve client problems

    Cons

    Junior members of staff work incredibly long hours Hiring seems to be concentrated on really senior individuals, or 'vanity hires' - who sometimes do not add much value to the organisation Although the policy has changed, there was a conflict between the accounts the firm represented and its own values

    Advice to Management

    Reward junior and middle management staff better

    Edelman2015-10-09
  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Account Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic clients, smart and engaging people. Flexible working becoming part of the company-wide culture.

    Cons

    Unclear promotion and salary increase processes, superficial training, poor career pathing.

    Edelman2019-08-16
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Edelman Healthcare"

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    Former Employee - Account Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Edelman full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Huge international network and great experts from around world, big corporate clients and interesting work and some talented people

    Cons

    User unfriendly financial systems and very long hours for fairly average pay; no clear progression path in my speciality; heavy HR demands (loads of onerous '360 degree' team reviews) demands and lack of flexibility from HR department on changing status of my contract.

    Advice to Management

    Cut down work and hours pressure on junior staff to work long hours; be more flexible on contracts and time out options

    Edelman2018-10-04
  4. Helpful (5)

    "Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting work; high profile clients Nice work space; good canteen Free breakfast Nice clients - apart from PayPal Honestly that’s about it

    Cons

    Very long hours (7:30am - 9pm) and often working on weekends Blame culture with no support Low pay compared to competitors Over servicing by up to 300% leads to ridiculous expectations both from clients and senior team Pretty bad leadership in Brand

    Advice to Management

    Nurture staff - they’re your best asset

    Edelman2018-02-08
  5. "Account Director"

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    Current Employee - Account Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing client briefs, international opportunities, growth/development opportunities

    Cons

    Salary, limited work life balance

    Edelman2017-10-18
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not what it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Account Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There is room for entrepreneurial spirit as long as it does not interfere with senior management agenda

    Cons

    Petty politics get in the way of producing good work

    Advice to Management

    Do not give talented employees for granted. A meaningful reward scheme should be put in place based on performance rather than networking.

    Edelman2017-09-21
  7. Helpful (2)

    "A good start, but a sad ending"

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    Former Employee - Account Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Edelman full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great place to get stuck in and learn, because if you show that you're good at your job you'll end up being treated like a carthorse. The people you work with on a day to day basis within your team is the best element - I made some lifelong friends, I was sad to see many of them made redundant recently.

    Cons

    The senior team are arrogant and not supportive. You enter a sink or swim culture that doesn't reward you, even if you do swim. If you're deemed not good enough, you're left to flounder with no help. As a mid level member of the team it astounded me often people wouldn't receive support. The work life balance is appalling; you can push back as much as you want, but nobody listens. You'll easily end up doing 70h+... per week which is horrendous by any agency's standards. I find it astounding the company consistently appears in the top places to work lists; they do an excellent job of getting staff to fill out the surveys to show the company in a positive light. I am sure it is good for the senior management (those who have not been made redundant in the past 12 months) but for the Account Execs - Account Managers, it is terrible.

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    Advice to Management

    You are not a 'creative agency', you are a corporate PR agency. Stick to what you know and show some humility to your staff; without them you'd be nothing.

    Edelman2015-03-12
  8. "Great learning environment"

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    Current Employee - Account Director in Amsterdam
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fast learning environment, great culture

    Cons

    Secondary benefits not great. Salary is mediocre

    Edelman2019-08-12
  9. "Best Agencies to work in India"

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    Current Employee - Account Director in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leadership, Values, Intellectuals, System & Processes

    Cons

    Expensive Agency for a lot of Indian client perception

    Edelman2017-09-19
  10. Helpful (3)

    "A great place to work, especially for extroverts"

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    Current Employee - Account Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Truly global business, mobility for talented people, trend setters, rooted in ethics and best practice. Moving towards an integrated model, successfully. Smart people. Efficient and lean business, no room for wastage and laziness.

    Cons

    Competitive, people don't form deep friendships or socialize at work, can be difficult to keep ownership of account and shine, unless you're prepared to work a 50 hour week. As in all agencies I'be worked in management focuses on consumer and more corporate led practices take a back seat. True thinkers are often shouted over.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize areas such as healthcare and focus on the people in that business too. Understand that not everyone has a brand and consumer trajectory. Respect and reward academics and intellectuals as much as extroverts and self-promoters

    Edelman2017-01-26
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