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Best in class learning and client service. High pressure, limited promotion.
VICE PRESIDENT (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJuly 18, 2018
I learned so much at Edelman. It was a like earning an advanced degree in PR.

The opportunity for promotion at the senior level is limited though. And increases in compensation where nominal.

Like most PR firms it's a high-pressure work environment, and it was at times hard to find the elusive work/life balance.
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great staff, great leadership, fun accounts
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long hours, limited promotion opportunities at senior level
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Great for career experience, poor management
Account Executive (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CAApril 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.
Pros
Snacks in certain offices, decent benefits, great resume booster
Cons
Poor work/life balance, poor management, low salary compensation
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5.0
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Great company to work for
IT Service Delivery Specialist (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMay 7, 2018
They encourage a healthy work life balance and the benefits for this company are very competitive. While job advancement is tough, they do promote department transfers to keep you interested.
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Lots of Internal work
Senior Art Director (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMarch 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.
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Work life balance
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Some benefits, but catty culture and little job security
Copywriter Intern (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CASeptember 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.
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Occasional Free lunches, seminars, free snacks
Cons
poor management
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Good place to work
Employee (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 20, 2018
The work life balance is excellent as they do allow you to take care of family emergencies as they arise. In many cases there is no advancement in many of the roles at Edelman.
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work/life balance
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Advancement
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Great agency
VP (Current Employee) –  New York, NYSeptember 16, 2018
Great agency for PR, marketing communications and integrated marketing. Good work/life balance especially for those with families. Great reputation as well.
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Great Place To Work, Still Too Old PR
Digital Employee (Former Employee) –  ChicagoSeptember 25, 2018
There is a great company culture. However if you're trying to be on the cutting edge of your specialty, there will be resistance from the old guard PR wonks there.
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Edelman NY Experience
Senior Account Supervisor (Current Employee) –  New York, NYAugust 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.
Pros
Growth opportunities
Cons
Difficult to establish work/life balance, benefits aren't competitive
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The worst management and HR that I came across in all my career
Anonymous (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAMay 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.
Pros
Health insurance coverage (although expensive), free snacks, birthday PTO, summer PTO, lots of company holidays
Cons
Fake atmosphere, stressful environment, low pay, end up doing more than what you have signed for, lots of "back stabbing"...
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Great stepping stone to the career you want
Account Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAAugust 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.
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Great place, Great culture
Corporate Fellow (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCOctober 25, 2018
Edelman is a wonderful family owned company that has its hands in so many pies (but in a good way). They are much more than a public relations firm they are a marketing communications powerhouse.
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Great place to learn and grow
Account Executive (Current Employee) –  New York, NYApril 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.
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Great place to start
Account Executive (Current Employee) –  Washington City, DCDecember 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.

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Pros
Smart colleagues, big-name clients, fast-paced environment
Cons
Awful pay for junior staff, few opportunities for advancement, old-school leadership unopen to ideas
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If nepotism is your thing...
Intern (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAMarch 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.
Pros
Pleasant work space, frequent work events, creative atmosphere. Seattle leadership is the best around.
Cons
Incredibly low pay, no work/life balance if you want to get ahead.
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Smart people, innovative thinking, poor work life balance
Account Supervisor (Current Employee) –  San FranciscoFebruary 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.
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smart people, innovative thinking
Cons
compensation, work life balance
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Bad Outweigh the Good
Senior Account Executive (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAMarch 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
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PR Skills?
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Atlanta, GAApril 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.
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Independent PR agency that cares about employees
Vice President, Corporate Communications (Former Employee) –  New York, NYNovember 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.
Pros
benefits, culture
Cons
no work/life balance
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excellent company
Executive Assistant to EVP (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILFebruary 8, 2017
great company family owned great work life balance great benefits
hardest part of the job is working with different personalities and the weekly check in meetings. stressful at times
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