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Updated 24 Jan 2020

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3.3
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Edelman President and CEO Richard W. Edelman
Richard W. Edelman
1,254 Ratings
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  • "work/ life balance can be tough(in 268 reviews)

  • "Fairly long hours (but you are in change of your own work/life balance)(in 182 reviews)

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  1. "Great culture, smart people"

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

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Work with the smartest people in the industry. Work for an independent organisation that gets stuff done and doesnt answer to a holding company. You can forge your own career path.

    Cons

    Hardworking spills into long hours on occasion. But no different to other companies and senior staff are good at looking after teams.

    Advice to Management

    Look after the people, even the ones that seem strong need support, sometimes the most stoic need the most love.

    Edelman2020-01-23
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great name to have on CV"

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    Current Employee - Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing calibre of work for big global companies across lots of different markets, fast-paced environment with demanding clients, lots of experts and experienced people internally to learn from.

    Cons

    Pay is WELL below market rate at almost all levels. Lots of senior people in the business have stuck around for years and years as they are left to their own devices, which is in large part why the business has stopped growing.

    Advice to Management

    Benchmark your salaries against competitors on a more regular basis.

    Edelman2020-01-05
  3. "Genuinely cares about their staff"

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

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

    Pros

    Full of lovely, clever, talented people who work hard for their clients and to create a great company. Hard work is recognised and rewarded. Generous holiday allowance. Flexible working actively encouraged. Nice perks like free breakfast, subsidised canteen, Thursday drinks. Good benefits package. This is a company that genuinely cares about their staff. They have quarterly, anonymous staff surveys covering all aspects of life and work at Edelman and they take negative feedback very seriously and act upon it.

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    Cons

    The agency is huge (500?) and despite efforts to become an integrated communications consultancy is still siloed. Edelman has a creative department within it that is sadly under utilised by the majority of the business units who are still pure play old school PR.

    Advice to Management

    Decide what you want to be - pure PR or a more generalist communications agency.

    Edelman2019-11-15
  4. "You shouldn't believe what you hear about this place"

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

    I have been working at Edelman full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Focus on flexible working. Particularly in health team, flexible working is encouraged at all levels. This has greatly improved work life balance. - Clear career path - opportunity to be promoted at any time of the year. 2 line managers to guide you - Dedicated to doing good work. Standards are high, but you would expect that from the biggest agency in the world. - Creative thinking is championed

    Cons

    - If you are looking for a job where you can cruise and do very little work, it is not the place for you. You will get back from this job as much as you put in - if you are ambitious and want to excel in your career, this agency will help you do that.

    Edelman2019-11-12
  5. "Explore your Comms and Creative Potential"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial culture that encourages innovate thinking. This is particularly rewarding for those that want to develop something unique from their career. It also fosters and environment where people are always willing to offer their time and expertise. As a result, there are a variety of career paths available here.

    Cons

    Some might say that the pace of agency life here is not for everyone. It’s not exactly a flat structure but the entrepreneurial values do mean that you get back what you put in. And while there are a variety of resources available for growth and development, the onus is on the individual to determine that path they want to make.

    Edelman2019-11-11
  6. "Something for everyone, where talent is rewarded - Edelman UK"

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

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    An exciting, vibrant place to work with some extremely capable, highly intelligent people creating amazing work. A commitment to greater work flexibility demonstrates Edelman's peerlessly woke credentials.

    Cons

    Edelman carries the same challenge of any medium or large business - a layer or two of bureaucracy. Also, parental leave feels a little assymetrical.

    Edelman2019-11-11
  7. "Not just a PR agency"

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    Current Employee - Creative in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work culture and opportunity for interesting creative work

    Cons

    Big company, because of this there are some quite corporate parts.

    Edelman2019-11-07
  8. "A place you can build a long, and interesting, career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Edelman is a great place to build a career; - Enviable client list - Unrivalled sector offering; combined with deep practice expertise (Corporate/Consumer); augmented by specialists (Creative, Digital, Purpose, EE etc) = ability to great work - If you think you can do it, then they'll let you do it - Travel; part of a truly international set-up - Restless; forever challenging where the industry is going, pushing the work forward, bringing in new and diverse skills - The best strategy team in the market - Super flexible working hours, free to work where you work to get the job done. - Good benefits - Subsidized cafe

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    Cons

    - Training is good, but always thought it could be better (more external) - Keeping up with all the new offers, skills and services we have -

    Advice to Management

    The UK's recent stance to become more client focussed, and operate under one P&L is exciting - keep moving forward with this. Edelman on it's best day is impossible to beat, keep trying to remove the friction so there are more best days.

    Edelman2019-10-25
  9. "Outstanding opportunities to work with The Best..."

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with impressive, global brands and alongside the brightest, smartest people in the industry Learn alongside a diverse employee base who are recruited from a variety of skills and sectors Be empowered to drive your own career path, deliver outstanding, challenging work Discover plenty of opportunities to grow and take risks Thrive in an open, honest culture that celebrates individualism

    Cons

    A culture that requires dedication, drive, hard work and curiosity Not suited to those who require lots of structure, process and direction - it's fairly amorphous Requires bold thinking and the courage to speak-up

    Advice to Management

    Facilitate two-way conversation and act on the insights Role model the behaviours you're looking to encourage

    Edelman2019-10-16
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Toxic Mess. Deplorable Leadership. Devoid of creative ambition."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can get away with doing nothing and still get paid. Some of the people are nice.

    Cons

    Where to begin. I looked at a few of the reviews to see if there is an objective account of Edelman, and despite everyone experiencing their working life there differently, I'm shocked to see glowing reviews. As every lunchtime chat, drink after work, exit interview is always mainly negative. I'll distill this down into a few main points I think are valid if you're toying with going there, it's based from several accounts of people I know who have worked/still work there and some myself. - Want a promotion? Then play the political game. Working hard, will not be rewarded. You will be scrutinised on a personal level – not professional – and held against spurious claims, management are always looking for excuses to hold you back financially and regarding your career. But they will promote their already top heavy senior managers with no questions asked. Recently a senior member (who is bad mouthed by everyone beneath them for being useless) has been promoted again. Respect doesn't buy you a boat, but playing the game seems to. - Want to make good work? Go elsewhere The "creative" leaders have found a place where they can do the bare minimum but get paid a lot. They are uninspiring, tired, and lacking in any enthusiasm to make notable work. But they will jump at the first chance ridicule work made elsewhere. - What about the culture? There isn't one Apart from the blame culture where to get ahead would be to cover your back. It's the classic toxic PR company. There is bullying, misogyny, a whole load of back stabbing. Everyone is bad mouthing everyone else, with no real agenda other than trying to belittle others to make themselves look good. Again, it's a not a place where work does the talking. You need to spin your own story. You'll be lied to, gaslighted, and met with faux-sincerity as you try and build a career under a management team who only care about themselves, despite claims that they care about you. Hard to change the behaviour of a team and company who are bizarrely turning a profit despite a negative view of them by the workforce. But, If they offer you big money, take it, it's an easy way to earn it. The building is full of people who have no idea what they're doing and they're getting paid a lot for it, so it's easy to look good if you're happy to act that way. But it's easy to be trapped there. I've heard other companies laugh at CVs of people who worked at Edelman because you're not equipped with the skills to go elsewhere.

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    Advice to Management

    Fix the problems highlighted in the exit interviews if you want a workforce that is proud to work at your company.

    Edelman2019-10-30
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