1. Helpful (11)

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

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • 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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  1. "Opportunities are boundless, best clients in the business."

    5.0
     

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Big anchors clients Professional Development Opportunities Brilliant Co-Workers Travel PTO/ Work from Home Days Office events & lunches Insightful guest speakers and presentations All in all, Edelman is great place to start your career if you can figure out the way of the land and authentically connect with your colleagues and produce good work. A strong work ethic and friendly personality go a long way.

    Cons

    Low pay for entry level employees

    Edelman Response

    December 10, 2019Edelman

    Thanks for your review and I'm glad you're enjoying and getting the most of your experience here! Maria O'Keeffe, Executive Director, US HR

  2. "Amazing Company & People"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone was so friendly and helpful! Definitely a fast-paced environment, but a great agency to work with great clients.

    Cons

    No cons, really a fantastic community to be a part of

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