Edelman - great company overall, west coast management needs serious help. | Glassdoor.co.uk
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    "great company overall, west coast management needs serious help."

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    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...

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    Advice to Management

    Look past the first layer who reports to you. Dig into who really grew the client, won the pitch, built the relationship, came up with the concept. Move promotion and raise decisions to committees outside of direct managers to combat favoritism. Look at track record of success and failures and promote/replace appropriately. Pay attention to North American feedback in glassdoor – pretty consistent in terms of work...

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    Edelman2016-06-21
  1. "I can see myself staying here a while"

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

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

    Pros

    The office is an incredibly friendly place, full of enthusiastic and approachable people. On the whole, stuff just gets done - I couldn't pinpoint anybody I've worked with who I think was only half-assing it. Any times I've had a problem (personal or professional) I've been met with supportive line management. I feel like when I ask to try something new, I'm taken seriously and given the chance to improve my skills.

    Cons

    Your hours vary enormously by team, some teams are really good for making sure you're not always staying late, others regularly stay late and consider it 'the norm'. Right now, I have very few complaints about my job, but I'm given the impression that the higher up you are, the more the cracks start to show, so it's easy for me to be overwhelmingly positive. However, because of occasional negativity from mid-level...

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    Edelman2019-07-10
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    "Avoid Edelman London"

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

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

    Pros

    Some of my colleagues were very smart so you could learn a lot

    Cons

    Toxic culture created by management who rewarded people who were incompetent but best at playing the game

    Advice to Management

    Look after the people who do the real work and are the reason the clients stayed

    Edelman2019-06-30

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