Edelman Reviews | Glassdoor.co.uk

Edelman Reviews

Updated Dec 3, 2019

To filter reviews, or .

3.3
59%
Recommend to a Friend
81%
Approve of CEO
Edelman CEO Richard W. Edelman
Richard W. Edelman
1,244 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "Rollercoaster"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at this company is a fantastic way to build relationships, get face to face experience with clients and be surrounded by people with a range of skills, background and interests.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Edelman UK has a massive issue with cliques within teams, this is bad for morale and I never saw management try to discurrage this behaviour. Teams are rather hierarchical, although Edelman does try to actively discourage this, however, it has been largely unsuccessful.

    Edelman2018-11-20
  2. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to learn and grow professionally"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Enriching, supportive, and inspiring work environment. Top pick of jobs out of my post-graduate degree and I couldn’t be happier with this environment for launching my career. The work demands a high standard of excellence, pushing employees to deliver forward thinking, creative and innovative work. Feel intellectual challenged and inspired by the type of work we take on.

    Cons

    Demanding and fast-paced work environment with low pay, limited bonus/compensation opportunities.

    Edelman2018-11-02
  3. "Good Network, Non Competitive Salaries"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Good network to build opportunities; interesting work

    Cons

    Non Competitive Salaries which makes work demotivating

    Edelman2018-10-09
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Edelman Healthcare"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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
  5. "Vice President"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Great hub. Interesting work and good exposure to UK and global markets. Good opportunities to grow professionally and climb the corporate ladder.

    Cons

    Internal politics can be considerably daunting.

    Edelman2018-09-07
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Account manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience for career in public relations

    Cons

    Workload pressure can be overwhelming

    Advice to Management

    Support staff to carry out their responsibilities

    Edelman2018-08-09
  7. "Account Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Creative dynamic people to work around.

    Cons

    Can be very stressful and heavy workload.

    Edelman2018-08-04
  8. "Edelman is"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Challenging, but stimulating environment to be in

    Cons

    Hierarchical, and demanding of time and energy

    Edelman2018-08-09
  9. Helpful (13)

    "Run as fast as you can - toxic and damaged culture"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities: Edelman is a huge name and you’ve got to give credit where credit is due. It opens up avenues and channels to speak with incredibly talented and bright people. The smartest people I have ever worked with and encountered. Switched on. The drive to succeed is there and it’s great to work with such passionate people. “It’s the people” is a phrase you’ll hear endlessly, but it’s true. Cafeteria: The... catering and hospitality staff are just absolutely wonderful people! The food they produce is scrumptious. Whether you are wheat free, nut free – anything, you name it – they have something for you. You’ll never be hungry. Just another way of keeping staff in the office working and never away from their emails. Work events: Lots of big-budget Christmas/Summer events like treasure hunts is a great chance to get to know people from other departments. Clients: Great roster of clients. Flexibility: Can work from home. This all depends on what department you’re in. Training: Lots of it on offer. Often there is a lack of time to attend but with effective planning you can do it! Make sure you have the time to go or you can make a lot of stakeholders (internal and external) very cross with you.

    Show More

    Cons

    Culture: This is by far the most toxic working environment I have ever been exposed to. If you want to feel like a resource rather than a human being then please sign up. - Long hours is the “Edelman way”. The ‘Always On’ culture is the “Edelman way”. ‘Cancel your plans you’re working until 11pm and will be back at your desk for 7am’ is the “Edelman way”. For juniors in particular, this often means that they are... working for less than the minimum wage – #exploitation - Sorry, what’s that, you have a life and a personality? Well forget that. You’ll soon be made to feel worthless and your personality removed as you succumb to ridiculous bureaucracy. Felt like a slave. - The hierarchy is a joke. “Their pay grade is higher than mine” attitude means often things just don’t get done in time making the whole PR process inefficient. - Unreasonable deadlines promised to the client, which will have you lying awake at 2am thinking about what you have left on your list - Is it 1999? Why is so much communication still done via email and messenger? Diversity: In some ways the company is diverse. It depends on what team you are on. Gender, socio-economic background, race and disability are all areas that Edelman needs to go back to the drawing board and address. It is elitist. It is the global elite and at times this is propagated by the recruitment referral scheme which means that the company becomes about “who you know” rather than a “what strengths you have” environment. High Turnover: Hard to ignore especially amongst juniors irrespective of what department you’re on. The disappearance of life outside the office might have something to do with it, alongside the nasty way in which management and external stakeholders speak to juniors. There are one or two bad eggs who like the furniture have been there so long they think they run the place. They need to be kept in check. Don’t Believe the Hype: Professional PR company that knows how to PR itself. Sans ‘Deportivo’ (an acquisition), the digital capabilities at Edelman are lacking and so is innovation. It’s an old school PR shop, simple as that. Quick turnaround means the work is rarely up to scratch. Overall – run, run, run as fast as you can for your sanity, your pride and your life. Don't look back.

    Show More

    Advice to Management

    Listen: Those who have been there too long are dogmatic with their ideas. Given the high turnover, it’s a shame that all the fresh ideas from the constant flow of new recruits are rarely absorbed. Look After Yourself: Your employees witness your stress levels rise and the long hours that you pull. You’ll be much more effective and come across as rational when people can see that you have obviously had a good... night’s sleep and are happy. Training: Management need constant training on how to be nice and have empathy for your staff. In the heat of the moment and all the stress of responding to every outlandish request from stakeholders can often result in swearing, shouting and aggressive emails that land in the laps of juniors. Basic training reminding management on how to be nice people when it’s busy or a stressful time wouldn’t go amiss. Reminder: “It’s the Edelman way” is not an excuse for bad management, poor behaviour and a toxic culture.

    Show More
    Edelman2018-06-29
  10. Helpful (2)

    "You learn a lot but you need to work hard"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You learn a lot fast as you are given opportunities here to work on big campaigns and across a range of disciplines. Your peers and team will largely be fantastic and become a family.

    Cons

    Bad work life balance and if you’re on the Brand team you will frequently be under resourced. There are a few people that are rude and too old school but there aren’t many left.

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting money and financial targets before staff wellbeing.

    Edelman2018-07-01
Found 1920 reviews