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Edelman Reviews

Updated 16 Jan 2020

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3.3
59%
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Edelman President and CEO Richard W. Edelman
Richard W. Edelman
1,252 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 181 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to build your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    - Very experienced senior colleagues across the business who you can learn from daily - Interesting and challenging client base - Sophisticated offering of central services (Edelman Intelligence, Digital, Creative..etc.) - Paid a bonus this year

    Cons

    - Fairly long hours (but you are in change of your own work/life balance) - Pressure to take holiday when it suits the business rather than you - The values of the company are a bit of a joke considering some of the questionable clients we still work for

    Edelman2019-10-04
  2. "Edelman"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good range of work, fun environment, competitive, good reputation

    Cons

    Poor benefits, company culture/ethos does not translate outside of U.S.

    Advice to Management

    Recognise additional hours worked and localise cultural

    Edelman2016-04-01
  3. "A good hedge school for learning, career development tricky"

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    Former Employee - Account Director in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    PR focus - because the company was family-owned and independent from the ad agency monoliths, PR was front and centre of everything that happened. That meant is wasn't an afterthought. It was a great place to "learn the trade". Early Adopter - Edelman understood digital and convergence very early on and was a pioneering company. It was sneered at by bigger global competitors but it showed foresight and reaping the benefits of today.

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    Cons

    Family ownership - as above it can have advantages, but also disadvantages. The company had a "US first, Rest of World second" mentality. Major decisions were made in the US and filtered through. Some global memos were cringeworthy and did not take cognisance of local cultures or values. Working in a European office felt like you were working in a franchise rather than part of a global team. Also, European executive positions moved like a carousel, leaders never seemed to stay long. Career progression - This was a maze, without clarity. Very political and who you cosied up to. You had to push for promotion.

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    Advice to Management

    Use the current no.1 position to hire great people. Give employees some equity in the company.

    Edelman2013-08-28
  4. "Great people to work with"

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    Former Employee - Senior Writer 

    I worked at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is incredibly friendly and helpful. A balance between work and play encouraged.

    Cons

    None worth mentioning.

    Edelman2020-01-16
  5. "Solid Start"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Most teams are strong and supportive -Strong selection of free food/beverage -Numerous opportunities for more growth/leadership

    Cons

    -On average lower pay -Promotion cycles typically don't allow flexibility in being promoted early -Not a strong work/life balance

    Edelman2020-01-05
  6. 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
  7. "Executive assistant"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant 
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work! Culture, work life balance, opportunity to grow

    Cons

    No cons....great place to work

    Edelman2019-12-21
  8. Helpful (2)

    "No work life balance the higher you get"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best in class clients, colleagues and capabilities to do the best comms work; opportunity to do not just account work but also run a business - forecasting, profitability and prospecting.

    Cons

    No balance - if you’re a high achiever and strong performer, you’re run ragged. That also doesn’t equal fast track to growth: other lower performers get moved along at similar pace to “retain” talent.

    Edelman2020-01-01
  9. "Wealth of career opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Edelman is a wealth of career opportunities. They prioritize personal and professional growth and, though the hours can be long, try their best to promote a work-life balance in a naturally hour-long field through healthy management attitudes and leadership

    Cons

    They are struggling to grow right now, which affects tangible job opportunities. Also, benefits and pay could be better

    Edelman2019-12-20
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Only if you are looking to grow career, not the bank account"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive 

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

    Pros

    Great career Easy to get a job at other PR agencies

    Cons

    Pays less than the industry average

    Edelman2020-01-02
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