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Updated 30 January 2015
Updated 30 January 2015
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Pros
  • Lots of resources available to employees and good work-life balance culture (in 65 reviews)

  • Many smart people to work with on a diverse portfolio of projects (in 62 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely high work pressure means that work life balance is adversely impacted (in 137 reviews)

  • Long hours; org structure difficult to understand/navigate (in 94 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent career builder

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Mumbai
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Mumbai

    I worked at Edelman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Experience working across practices
    Advocates entrepreneurial spirit
    Provides added responsibilities and oppoprtunities for growth

    Cons

    More accounts than SAMs should be allowed to handle at one point of time
    Long long working hours
    Remuneration

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Intern, Edelman India

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    Current Employee - Intern in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Intern in Bangalore

    I have been working at Edelman as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent company for holistic Public Relations.

    Cons

    Its one of the best public relations firm , there are no cons!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    If PR is your calling, Edelman is the place to be!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior ACCOUNTS EXECUTIVE in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Former Employee - Senior ACCOUNTS EXECUTIVE in Gurgaon, Haryana

    I worked at Edelman full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The top 5 reasons to join Edelman are:

    - Global exposure & best practices
    - Excellent Career Opportunities
    - Always attracts the world's best clients to work with
    - An Industry Paymaster
    - Employee Friendly HR Policies

    Public Relations is a local business, FOR MOST AGENCIES. Edelman de-mystifies such perceptions about the business and provides an opportunity to excel and DO MORE THAN JUST MEDIA RELATIONS.

    Edelman has been a world leader from quite sometime and for some very good reasons. Thanks to their outstanding HR approach, they end up attracting not just the best talent in a marketplace but also the best employees which gives you another reason to work for the firm.

    Cons

    It is only a PR agency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Edelman has some fantastic values, keep up the great heritage going!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Mumbai
    Former Employee - Intern in Mumbai

    I worked at Edelman as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Varied experiences, great mentors and team work

    Cons

    Low salaries, perhaps too stuck to maintaining structure

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Progressive in due course

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana

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

    Pros

    Brand name, best clients to work on and cooperative environment

    Cons

    Lacks efficient distribution of work amongst all teams n practices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more organized structure to help all employees gain exposure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Well-Oiled Machine

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    - Processes are seamless and quick
    - Employees are smart and everyone has their own set of expertise

    Cons

    Overtime is discouraged to a point, even when there is an overflow of work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people in a very big company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SAE in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - SAE in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    co-workers are smart, fun and clever. lots of resources globally and abroad. large network allows for great insights across practices, traditional and digital PR as well as marketing

    Cons

    sometimes easy to get lost in the shuffle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Fast-paced, on-the-go learning environment, perfect for a recent graduate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Edelman offers everything any entry-level worker could ask for from a large, established company: building and sharpening basic writing and professional skills, opportunities to network and establish meaningful professional relationships with clients, media and vendors across a wide range of industries, and a good balance of tasks requiring research, analysis, and creativity. Add to that an extensive worldwide network with opportunities for international transfer and exchanges, world-class thought leadership and IPs, and an inspiring global leadership team, Edelman truly stands out as a near perfect company for kick starting just about any career, related to PR or not.

    Cons

    The hierarchical structure often influences work culture and the office in Shanghai has little to no interaction outside of work. Team bonding activities are rare, though teams do tend to be close after surviving insane stretches of late nights at the office. Compensation is minimal, but again, for an entry level position it could be worse. Lastly, though the lack of work-life balance is part of any agency's work culture, Edelman truly values delivering quality work to clients above all else, even if that means occasionally sacrificing the health of those providing the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At the Shanghai office, more opportunities for mentorship would be greatly appreciated. Recent HR initiatives to encourage friendly competition between teams have received positive feedback as well as requests to amp up these sorts of campaigns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Edelman - great client service, good career opportunities but heavy workloads and focus on profits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in San Mateo, CA (US)

    I have been working at Edelman

    Pros

    Edelman has good opportunities for growth if you are aggressive and push hard for advancement. It has a wide network of offices and specialty practices and managers are usually open to transfer requests. Company encourages professional growth and education. Employees are smart, dedicated, and hard working - everyone brings something unique to the table at Edelman and clients are served very well.

    Cons

    Work is demanding, the hours are long and salaries are low compared to industry standards. Focus is on increasing profits. Easy to get lost in the company if you don't make the effort to network and stand out, there are plenty of others that can take your place. Company touts work/life balance but workloads and local managers don't support that. Day-to-day contact with local executives/GMs is very limited and they are not in touch with what's happening in local offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Local executive management should provide more oversight to local senior management, encourage work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Financial Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edelman

    Pros

    Great place to work for and some of the people are also great. Company offers a lot but you do have to stick out in order to be noticed.

    Cons

    Leadership is not so communicative as they should be for a commination work place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so shady and share information with all employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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