Edelman Senior Vice President Reviews

Updated 13 Jul 2020

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Edelman President and CEO Richard W. Edelman
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  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Marketing in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people, fun work and the ability to as autonomous as you like!

    Cons

    operational processes need to be streamlined

    Edelman Response

    July 30, 2017Edelman

    Thanks for your review. I, too, love the New York office, their people and the way teams are managed to give employees of all levels autonomy and a fun working environment. I'm so glad to hear you agree. Maria O'Keeffe, Executive Director, US HR

  2. Helpful (1)

    "The largest for a reason"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great support system. Incredible talent. Strong leadership - but can depend on your location. Very good culture in most offices - especially places like San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago. No better place to cut your teeth. Great, great clients. Very strong creative and digital chops. Entrepreneurial.

    Cons

    Conflicts of interest can be counter productive. Very NY centered - making professional growth outside of NY challenging. Executive leadership can be a hit or miss with some overly ambitious.

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    Edelman Response

    March 3, 2017Edelman

    Thanks so much for your thoughtful review. I'm really pleased to hear what you love about Edelman. I think our culture is great, too! No matter what size office an employee sits in, we try to ensure that our best people are recognized and rewarded. I'm disappointed to hear that hasn't been your experience and welcome any specific observations you may be open to sharing with me. Maria O'Keeffe, Executive Director, U.S. HR (maria.okeeffe@edelman.com)


  3. "Great agency for growth opportunities"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great and smart people to work with. amazing opportunities to learn all about the world of PR and access to great creative minds.

    Cons

    Works to be done on inclusiveness and women leadership.

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    Edelman Response

    February 28, 2017Edelman

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful review. I'm so glad you're learning and accessing all the creativity around you. I encourage you to join GWEN and to reach out your manager or local HR person to ensure you're tapping into the leadership training that is available to you. If there is anything you'd like to speak with me about directly, don't hesitate to reach out. Maria O'Keeffe, Executive Director US HR

  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work!"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, hardworking people who have a passion for what they do.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a lack of internal communication and transparency, especially for junior level individuals.

    Edelman Response

    January 11, 2017Edelman

    Thanks for your review. Working with smart , passionate people is one of my favorite things about Edelman, too! We are always looking for ways to ensure internal communications reach the desired audience, but admittedly we sometimes miss the mark, so I appreciate your feedback here. Maria O'Keeffe; Executive Director Human Resources

  5. "Vice President"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Great leadership, amazing job opportunities, focused on employee growth opportunities

    Cons

    Management is focused on bettering the culture. Being such a large office makes it more difficult for employees to connect.

    Edelman Response

    September 22, 2016Manager

    Hey - appreciate the feedback and agree tackling culture in a large office is tough. If you have any ideas of your own on how to improve it, please do share it with your local HR team. As always, we would love to hear from you!

  6. "Sr VP"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Edelman is a great company and the independence of the larger agency makes for an always innovating, best practices culture. The opportunities globally with the company are fantastic and the thought leadership is best in class. A great place to learn.

    Cons

    The Vancouver office has some legacy leadership issues based on politics, not merit. There are a few old cronies who were a part of the Edelman acquisition of the local office who need to be let go because they are not on top of where communications is today, nor are they good with change.

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  7. Helpful (11)

    "great company overall, west coast management needs serious help."

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Client roster is excellent. Senior level clients are incredibly smart, focused and driven. Being independently owned allows the company to act for the long term and experiment, rather than focus so heavily on quarterly numbers. Mid-level staff (VP) and below are energetic, smart and genuinely seem to want to do the best they can.

    Cons

    “Optics” far outweigh "results". Speaking for the West Coast, one of the most political environments I have ever seen. Riddled with managers who seem to have never managed before. Senior management – especially in general marketing disciplines (not traditional PR) – seem to think their job is to spend on lunches, drinks, hotels and to parade around losses disguised as wins (read: low budget, mid level, one time project work that loses money. Client retreats after underwhelming work due to poor setup and poorly managed expectations.) Incredibly poor hiring track record for key roles: Consistently hiring (and then within a year firing) the wrong people with the wrong skill sets who are given the wrong responsibilities and the wrong reporting structure. It’s damaging to culture, morale and the work every single time. Promotions and raises are predicted (accurately) based on social media posts of senior management’s after work drinking buddies. Very cliquey.

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  8. "Great leadership opportunities"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman

    Pros

    Leadership path; working with some of the largest companies in the world; access to resources and experts

    Cons

    Low pay compared to other agencies; office politics can detract from great work; very large company (for a PR firm) which creates a lot of unnecessary bureaucracy

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  9. Helpful (13)

    "VP"

    1.0
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    Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman

    Pros

    Great middle layer of smart, passionate, supportive people A-list clients Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Highly political, backstabbing, passive aggressive, and sexist at the more senior levels; little tolerance for diversity of opinions; minimal talent recognition (promotions are based solely on how well employees manage up vs. excel at the work); massive inefficiency and disorganization throughout the organization has led to mismanagement and misappropriation of client $$$ resulting in major account losses; poor integration between digital and traditional PR capabilities; shady, unethical business practices routinely overlooked to maintain the status quo

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  10. Helpful (7)

    "Tough environment to succeed in"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good clients, large company, many resources, good salaries

    Cons

    disgruntled employees, many people feel they aren't getting their "due" and push others down because of it. Very competitive, non-supportive environment

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