Would love any insight on what it’s like to be a SAS at Edelman, specifically in the FinComm or Purpose practices? Any thoughts on working at Derris would also be helpful. I’m not really actively job hunting but want to be open to good opportunities in my inbox, and also be cautious to avoid toxic environments as my last agency was horrible. For reference, have about 4.5 YOE, currently at a boutique agency. Thank you!

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SAS here. I think that would be a demotion in title for you? Edelman is very toxic. Every once in awhile you find a great leader and it makes you want to stay, but outside of that bubble it is terrible. Lots of burnout happening.

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Edelman culture varies widely by office/group. Many of the more toxic groups are well known internally (or on the Edelman bowl). I’ve been here for close to a decade and have had a generally excellent experience albeit not in the groups you mention.

4.5 YOE might be too little experience for an Edelman SAS role, but could be a fit if you’re a high performer. NYC and LA are the FinComm hubs for Edelman; culture depends on which office(s) you’re considering. The company de-prioritized its CSR/purpose work back in 2011/2012, but has brought in some new talent over the last 18-24 months to try and increase it again... it’s my understanding it may primarily be NYC work but I could be wrong. I’d be sure to do more research there and be really certain your needs would be met with whatever work is most current on that front.

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OP, Edelman specialty practices are high performers across the board - my guess is the CSR work is understaffed as they try to build the business back up. So be very sure you probe on questions about culture, work life balance, etc if you’re looking for a change in culture from your current firm. E is intense across the board.

FinComms in NY is pretty hardcore, but rewarding work. There's an added level of expertise expected.

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Thanks E1! I’m currently in fincomms at my boutique so I expect that exp is why I get reached out to about the Edelman FinComms practice every few months haha.

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