Senior Account Supervisor (Former Employee) – New York, NY – October 15, 2018
Edelman has amazing clients, but the workload can be demanding and the hours long. Depending on your manager/team, there can be a great opportunity to learn a ton and grow in your career -- allowing for autonomy in your work and the ability to be part of some really incredible projects and campaigns.
Account Executive (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – April 24, 2018
I've been told it is well known that Edelman does not compensate fairly, salary-wise. Definitely great career experience, but a hard trade off when living in high cost-of-living areas.
Senior management isn't held accountable for managing teams properly, as long as the business stays and clients are happy. Junior team members are rarely heard, and work typically gets dumped on them or mistakes are blamed on them.
If you can find a great manager and team, then the great experience is definitely worth the lower pay. However, that rarely happens.
Snacks in certain offices, decent benefits, great resume booster
Senior Art Director (Current Employee) – New York, NY – March 21, 2018
The most enjoyable part of the job is generally the people are nice, but it can be cold and the culture is lacking. However, they are trying to improve. Depending on which account you are working on, you can work 40+ hours a week continuously for weeks. It would be great to see top senior leaderships come in more during all steps in the projects. Extroverts are more welcomed here.
Some benefits, but catty culture and little job security
Copywriter Intern (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – September 15, 2018
I learned a lot at this job and got great opportunities to take on challenges in my position. I also enjoyed the complimentary events to learn about innovation in the industry. Unfortunately, management is not team-oriented and doesn't care about employees. Very poor retention and also recent job cuts have left culture in tatters.
Senior Account Supervisor (Current Employee) – New York, NY – August 12, 2017
Overall, Edelman is a great place to work and grow as a communications marketing professional. The company's expansion in into the Marketing, Advertising, Creative and Digital spaces have created more career growth opportunities for employees. Like many agencies, work/life balance is difficult and up to the employee to manage.
Difficult to establish work/life balance, benefits aren't competitive
The worst management and HR that I came across in all my career
Anonymous (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – May 7, 2018
Managers were cowards and HR were super rude. A lot of two faced people. They were quick at pointing fingers and critize but do not even analyze their own behavior or admit their own mistakes. Company feels like Disneyland from the outside but from the inside it is all about your affiliations, who is your manager and how, not as collaborative as they may want to appear. I quit. Thank you but no thank you. It is the worst place I worked and I will definitely not recommend the company. Since then I talked to several people still there or ones who have quit already and they all agree with me. I guess i must not be crazy to feel that way.
Health insurance coverage (although expensive), free snacks, birthday PTO, summer PTO, lots of company holidays
Fake atmosphere, stressful environment, low pay, end up doing more than what you have signed for, lots of "back stabbing"...
Account Supervisor (Current Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – August 8, 2018
Wouldn't recommend staying for more than 2 years. Your experience at Edelman will depend on the strength of your manager. If your manager isn't the right fit for you senior leadership will not do anything about, which ultimately will stunt your enthusiasm and grown at the company.
Account Executive (Current Employee) – New York, NY – April 25, 2017
Edelman is an amazing agency to expand your PR background and learn about communications marketing. It's a global company with a large knowledge base on the industry and client needs. You will learn an immense amount at this company, but you will also work extremely hard/long hours. The company perks are great, but the pay/compensation + work/life are tough to say the least. If you want a place that consistently challenges you, then this is a great company for you. Just be prepared to give it your all + a little extra.
Account Executive (Current Employee) – Washington City, DC – December 12, 2016
Edelman is a good bang for your buck early on in your career. Lots of smart colleagues with high-profile clients. You work a lot, and your paid in exposure (rather than salary...)which is great exposure but I've seen plenty of people burn out quickly because of it. The company is in a really transitional period right now - the old way of doing PR isn't working in our multimedia world, and the company is struggling to find its place. Because of it leadership is fractured and there's a major internal struggle of old-world PR vs new-world PR.
I'm hopeful the company will move forward and work through these kinks in the coming years, but in the meantime it will be critical for long-time senior staff be more open to creative ideas and integrate digital in a significant way.
Intern (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – March 10, 2017
For soon-to-be graduates considering job prospects, I can not recommend taking an internship with Edelman. Salary positions are given to interns somewhat arbitrarily and often without proof of merit. Having a personal/family connection with company leadership has greater value than demonstrated work ethic.
Pleasant work space, frequent work events, creative atmosphere. Seattle leadership is the best around.
Incredibly low pay, no work/life balance if you want to get ahead.
Smart people, innovative thinking, poor work life balance
Account Supervisor (Current Employee) – San Francisco – February 20, 2015
One of the best things about working at Edelman is the people and innovative ideas. Leadership has a smart strategy in place and is constantly evolving company to meet market needs. Company is really falling into that sweet spot of integrated marketing comms.
Some of the smartest people I've ever worked with.
The downside is that the compensation is low for long hours and poor career development for mid-level employees.
Senior Account Executive (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – March 26, 2017
Low opportunity for career advancement Junior staff are underpaid - and make below national average on Glassdoor Highly political atmosphere - executives care more about their job security than the well-being of their teams HR doesn't keep issues private and have disclosed names when approaching sensitive subjects False promises of career advancement, salary increases and bonuses
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – April 3, 2018
If you are looking to hone or advance your PR/communications skills this is the place. You should be a true self-starter who has aspirations to do more with your life. Edelman is a good place to start but no necessarily a good place to stay.
Vice President, Corporate Communications (Former Employee) – New York, NY – November 8, 2012
Solid management team that challenges its employees to do their best. Opportunities to work in other offices across the network and in other practice areas. A commitment to delivering solid client work.