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Posts Tagged ‘Richard Edelman’

Edelman Is the Only Firm on Glassdoor’s ’50 Best Places to Work’ List

The business ranking site Glassdoor released its “Best Places to Work” list for the US today, and we’re not quite surprised to report that Edelman is the only PR firm to appear on the list at number 43.

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Since the rankings are determined by calculating the highest average review for businesses with 1,000 or more employees, this means that the firm has a disproportionate number of positive reviews submitted by those identifying as current and former employees. The highlighted reviewer, an account executive in Atlanta, writes:

“The people, the global network, the firm’s reputation, the benefits…the list goes on…you have the chance to experience many different things and move up the ladder quickly.”

Let’s dig into the details for a quick minute, though: Edelman currently has nearly 1,000 employee reviews. Burson-Marsteller, on the other hand, has just over 130 while Ketchum has an identical rating (3.9 average) but only 110 reviews. The same is true for Weber Shandwick.

This isn’t the first time Edelman won the Glassdoor sweepstakes, either.

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Spin the Agencies of Record

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  • Cone Communications will be the agency of record for the Pan-Mass Challenge, a Massachusetts-based bike-a-thon held each year to raise money for cancer research and treatment via the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Cone won the business after a six-agency review and will look to expand the race’s profile via media outreach, speaking opportunities and various influencers. Side note: we know from very personal experience that cancer is no laughing matter — but those looking to raise awareness should still pay attention to this guy and his “giant inflatable testicle.”

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CVS Health Changes Name, Kicks Tobacco for More Than #OneGoodReason

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Cigarettes are notably absent on the shelves of 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores today — a month earlier than expected. In their stead comes a new name (CVS Health), a new tagline (“Health is Everything”) and a new raison d’être: changing the future health of Americans for the better. (And of course a new social media campaign, #OneGoodReason.)

And yes, smoking is still a problem: 18 percent of American adults do it, and 480,000 deaths a year may be directly attributed to the nasty habit.

For Larry Merlo, president and CEO, the sale of tobacco products became inconsistent with the purpose of the company, which now boasts 900 walk-in clinics and a large pharmacy benefit management company, known as CVS/Caremark.

“Changing the name catches up with what we have been doing,” Merlo told Forbes.

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#PRWin for Edelman: Named No. 2 in ‘Culture and Values’ Poll Behind Twitter

edelmaninternsTo call Edelman’s summer “eventful” would be putting it mildly. Following a tandem of misjudgments and bad press involving climate change and Robin Williams, the agency announced (in The New York Times, no less) that they will now officially consider themselves “a client.”

You might think that employee morale could take a hit in a case like this one, but good places to work generally remain good places to work. The most recent “best places to work” piece from GlassDoor confirms this fact beyond what we personally know about Edelman and some of the stellar people who work there.

In short, GlassDoor.com just released its “2014 Top Companies for Culture and Values” — and Edelman beat everyone in culture and values except this little known start-up called Twitter.

In the world of business, this is called “a good rebound.”

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Edelman Clarifies Position on Climate Change, Executive Firing

edelman-logoWe have to admit that we’re a little surprised that VICE has assumed the role of public relations overseer, but last week the publisher’s Motherboard blog earned a lot of attention by calling out Edelman over its decision not to join other firms in promising The Guardian that they would not represent climate change “skeptics.”

This was an interesting development particularly because in 2009, then-VP of CSR/Sustainability Mark Grundy told our co-founder Joe Ciarallo that “in terms of the facts, I am in no doubt of where we are with this.”

As if to further prove that the publisher is now a force to be reckoned with, Richard Edelman called the blogger himself to explain — and the follow-up post ran yesterday.

Senior Editor Brian Merchant’s query: how, if Edelman believes firmly in climate change, can it also represent the American Petroleum Institute?

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Get Ready for More Entry-Level Jobs (Some Experience Required)

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Last week, Laurent Lawrence of the PRSA wrote an op-ed on the reasons behind PR’s big turnover problem. One of the issues he addressed was “nonexistent onboarding”, or managers who hire entry-level employees and expect them to manage accounts, like, yesterday.

In an unrelated story this April, Richard Edelman responded to an inflammatory Financial Times piece by admitting that too many firms “dump” their media relations work on the very same newbies. Sorry, guys.

Yet a report published late yesterday in The Wall Street Journal tells us to expect an increase in entry-level PR jobs over the next few years. Here’s the thing: those jobs will require more experience and more refined skill sets than they did in the past.

As the WSJ’s Lauren Weber says in the video after the jump, “internships are the new entry-level jobs.”

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Industry Responds to Financial Times ‘PR Is a Waste of Money’ Piece

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The week’s most-discussed article was this one, by Emma Jacobs of Financial Times, which imagines a corporate world free from the “bland message[s]” of “spin-doctors” who “[drum] up controversy simply in order to increase their fees.”

Her overly emphatic point is that certain top financial executives like Warren Buffett prefer to speak directly to journalists and shareholders (though they all have personal assistants). The killer quote, delivered by an unnamed British tech comms director:

“I have no idea what [PR does] for us.”

…and it keeps going.

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Edelman Scores #3 Spot on ‘Top 50 CEOs’ List

We’re not exactly sure which qualities make a chief executive a favorite among employees, but Richard Edelman has them: he’s the only communications chief to appear on Glassdoor’s new 2014 list of the world’s highest rated CEOs, topped by Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn.

In fact, no PR leaders appeared on last year’s list, which featured Mark Zuckerberg in the first position.

We can’t say we’re terribly surprised given the industry’s reputation for keeping things very close to its chest, but one may gain some insights from former and current employees’ reviews, which provided the data for the list. Here are Edelman’s (nice widget, BTW):


The reviews are almost universally positive, with a notable focus on company culture and career opportunities (hardly a surprise at the world’s biggest independent agency).
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Edelman Trust Barometer Results: It’s CSR Time

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The big conclusion everyone’s drawn from the 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer is that the public’s confidence in both media and government has hit a low point. The most important metric is supposedly a jump in the gap between trust in business and trust in government, and the only three notable countries in which the latter trumps the former are South Korea, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates.

Hold on, though: this doesn’t mean that we’re about to enter some neo-Libtertarian utopia.

The findings can be summed up with three big letters: CSR.

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Now Is Apparently the Time for PR to Take on Advertising

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That’s according to Tom Foremski of ZDNET, who previously told us that Google doesn’t really want to kill all our press releases—it just wants to help us improve them.

His argument is that the PR industry has a “huge window of opportunity” in 2014 as the ad business splinters, traditional campaigns lose more of their power to convince and large-scale consolidation moves forward, further concentrating the talent pool and (arguably) smothering the creative urge beneath endless layers of bureaucracy.

Sounds familiar…

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