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Edelman Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
42 Reviews
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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.  

    It's a fast-paced work environment that is constantly challenging me and keeping me on my toes.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    They promote a good work-life balance at Edelman, and they have awesome office perks like free ice cream in the DC office on Fridays and an Edelman softball team that plays other PR companies. The work is always challenging but very rewarding.

    Cons

    Oftentimes, working for clients leads to late/early hours and long working days. Also, until you get to some of the upper levels, it has lower pay than some other comparable jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Account Executive that sees real professional growth attainable at Edelman

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    I love the culture of the DC office. Everything is a collaboration and the goal is to get the job done and do the best for your client. There is no infighting over clients or silo mentality. Leadership is very receptive to new ideas, and the structure is very flat. Everyone's contributions are heard and considered.

    Cons

    Compensation is not what I would have hoped for, but they have good benefits, and an understanding for work-life balance. I have not been here long enough to go through the promotion process, but I have heard it can be political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to value the contributions of employees at all levels. Engaging with your direct reports and involving them in activities that will help their personal and professional growth is the best way to gain their respect.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I'm so impressed. The people at Edelman are incredibly smart, creative, strategic and passionate about their work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Talented colleagues, opportunity for job growth is substantial, clients are top-notch, collaborative culture

    Cons

    Compensation, more leadership development for employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider more leadership development for employees so they can reach their full potential for the company - executive coaching?

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Edelman is the best. We're a family of entrepeneurs who work hard and smart to live up to our well-deserved reputation.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    I can't imagine a reason to leave Edelman. I've stayed with the company through moves from NYC to Tampa to DC. There's great opportunity to grow and even shift specialties within the company, really choosing your own adventure. Our colleagues and clients are great. What's more, work-life balance is definitely achievable, and we are very fairly compensated between salary and bonuses.

    Cons

    I really can't think of any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Embraces Innovation. Always In Motion.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Edelman has assembled a staff with incredible intellectual capabilities and industry experience. The eclectic mix of skill sets, points of view and industry insight allows for more effective teamwork and better client service. New ideas are valued from every level of staff. Edelman is always in motion and the generation of ideas are never static or stale.

    Cons

    Edelman's global network is a clear and distinct market advantage, but navigating the global matrix can be challenging at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interoffice integration and knowledge sharing is fantastic, yet sessions need to have more pragmatic applications to real-life scenarios.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Adrenaline ride of opportunities, deadlines and experiences

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Edelman full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company is extremely entrepreneurial and you have many opportunities to grow a long-lasting career that is incredibly dynamic and engaging.

    Cons

    It is a competitive environment, which can make it intense at times. However, we hire smart and creative people who are interested in being successful and pushing the limits for new ideas, approaches, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on removing arbitrary barriers created internally by separate P&L structures between offices (and sometimes even within the same office).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing firm to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for mobility and exploring your interests, talented people, interesting projects. If you can get in, I would absolutely recommend working here.

    Cons

    Compensation at a lower level could be much better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only advice is to realize that the junior staff is the bloodline of the firm as we generate a lot of work - even small increases, or bonuses, will be an improvement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Keeps you on your toes...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    great people, innovative, creative, fast-paced, fun, engaging, office culture

    Cons

    work-life balance, lots of travel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be greater connection between the firm's most senior leadership and younger employees. I see good interaction between these groups on the local level but very little interaction with the firm's top level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Was given meaningful work and had great supervisors that not only made themselves available to me but made feel like they were really invested in me benefiting from my experience there.

    Cons

    With the real possibility of a job offer resulting from serving as an intern, there can be a very competitive work culture between the interns. This has its benefits and downfalls.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for and great people to work with!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    My colleagues are all smart and dedicated to their work and the energy is contagious. Leadership genuinely cares about the employees.

    Cons

    You work on the demands of clients, so work loads can vary dramatically

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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