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2019 Vault Rankings

At a Glance

Uppers

Edelman is a brand name that looks good on job seekers' resumes

Offices across the globe for employees seeking new experiences

High-powered clients (think Johnson & Johnson, Kraft and Starbucks)

Downers

Salaries are low

Deadlines can mean long hours and weekends

Edelman promotes few employees who aren't willing to relocate

The Bottom Line

Edelman is a power in the communications industry, and public-relations workers will find plenty of opportunities at the firm thanks to its deep client list.

About Daniel J. Edelman, Inc.

If image truly is everything, then Edelman may be one of the most indispensable companies around. Daniel J. Edelman, which does business simply as Edelman, is the largest independent agency in the industry, conducting work for heavy hitters such as Wal-Mart and Microsoft. With more than 65 offices worldwide, the company provides its services through about 35 practice areas (including financial communications and investor relations, corporate affairs, marketing, litigation, and public affairs). Edelman has fiercely guarded its independent status, despite the business world's ever-increasing trend toward consolidation. The company was founded in 1952 by chairman and owner Daniel Edelman.

Operations

Although Edelman has been primarily a PR firm, the company also dabbles in advertising through its Blue unit. In addition, Edelman owns four other specialty agencies: First&42nd (management consulting), MATTER (sports and entertainment marketing), Bioscience Communications (medical education and publishing), and StrategyOne (research).

Geographic Reach

The firm has more than 65 offices worldwide.

Sales and Marketing

Edelman's independence is not without a price. The company competes with the PR segments of the large advertising and marketing conglomerates such as WPP and Omnicom and must do so without the opportunities to raise capital that publicly held companies enjoy.

Strategy

Edelman's growth strategy involves expanding through strategic acquisitions, especially in what it considers emerging economic markets. Edelman expanded its creative resources in the European region by establishing a creative centre of excellence.

Daniel J. Edelman, Inc.

200 E RANDOLPH ST FL 63
Chicago, IL 60601-6705
Phone: 1 (312) 240-3000

Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
President and CEO: Richard W. Edelman
COO: Matthew J. Harrington
Vice Chairman, DJE Holdings: Alan VanderMolen
Employees (This Location): 480
Employees (All Locations): 4,000

Major Office Locations

Chicago, IL

Other Locations

Los Angeles, CA
Sacramento, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Mateo, CA
Washington, DC
Miami, FL
Atlanta, GA
Chicago, IL
New York, NY
Portland, OR
Dallas, TX
Seattle, WA