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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 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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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.
Pros
great staff, great leadership, fun accounts
Cons
long hours, limited promotion opportunities at senior level
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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.
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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 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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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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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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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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Benefits
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Work life balance
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Internship is what you make it
Intern (Current Employee) –  Washington City, DCDecember 2, 2017
the kind of work place environment where taking initiative is rewarded and questions are welcomed
hardest part of the job is managing the ebb and flow of client work
most enjoyable part is encountering intelligent people who are willing to share their expertise
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Financial Analyst
Financial Analyst (Former Employee) –  New York, NYSeptember 18, 2017
Edelman is a leader in communications and marketing. They are transparent with their goals throughout the firm. However, management could work on handling heavy workloads and distributing throughout the team.
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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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Company transformation
Account Supervisor (Former Employee) –  New York, NYAugust 7, 2017
Edelman is mainly known as a Public Relations agency. Recently they began to re-brand themselves as a Marketing Communications agency. Yet they have yet to internally pivot and consolidate their practices. This leads to different departments having totally different processes for developing and executing work. There is no one "right" way to scope work and service clients and therefore there is marked inefficiency and communication issues between groups. At times the constant internal coordination needs give the feeling that the group "can't get out of its own way". It is a good place to work and the people are smart and friendly, but flexing heavily to accommodate other work styles or levels of knowledge will be required.
Pros
Nice location, people.
Cons
Company not internally integrated.
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Fun place to work with great colleagues
Facilities & Maintenance Coordinator (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJuly 6, 2017
A state of the art environment with great teaching skills for the future. A young a proactive crew that brings levels of expertise to many new employees showing the culture that is what makes the company grow.
Pros
Free lunches and snacks
Cons
Long hours to meet many deadlines
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4.0
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Productive, Fun, energetic place of work
Creative Intern (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 6, 2017
The energy at Edelman is a positive, hardworking, and encouraging place to work! Edelman is hands-on, with the ability to meet the founder, work and communicate with top-dogs in the industry of PR/Marketing and Advertising.
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Sometimes Free lunches, free coffee, cafe in the building, 1 hour breaks
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productive and enjoying work place
Clerical Clerk (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 6, 2017
Typically a day at work is calm. Everyone gets along in the office. I learned how to correctly use the different programs in our system. Management is ran smoothly, yet very precisely. The hardest part of the job had to be speaking with reps from other countries. Besides that I enjoyed every part of it.
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Best in the business, but needs to look within
Senior Account Executive (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAMay 31, 2017
Edelman is trying it's best to give its employees a manageable work/life balance, but with continuous client needs, it is always difficult. The expectation is perfection at all times, but sometimes comes at the detriment of fostering growth.
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Excellent
Account Supervisor (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMay 31, 2017
Great company, would highly recommend to anyone looking for a job within Communications Marketing/PR. Good workplace culture and community atmosphere!
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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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talented and strategic thinkers dedicated to clients
Assistant Account Executive (Current Employee) –  New York, NYApril 22, 2017
The people are some of the brightest and most intelligent in the business. The management challenges employees to think bigger and think differently. The hardest and most enjoyable part of the job is working across multiple accounts to bring innovative thinking and solutions to client problems.
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