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Edelman Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
985 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.  

    Growing pains for some things, too many traditional thinkers

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Work with top level clients, lots of opportunities to be an entrepreneur and try things.

    Cons

    Some Edelman leadership is lacking to give mid-level management (AS through VP) the right resources and junior staff can be sometimes incompetent or have no experience in how to execute PR. Client managers are afraid to fail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look within to fix problems and don't be afraid to challenge clients to get budget or opportunities to bring them success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Creative and aggressive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Edelman full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    biggest in the industry; global

    Cons

    competition among offices; fees are getting high

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Edelman

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC

    I worked at Edelman full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great clients. Collegial work environment. Good growth and professional development potential

    Cons

    Senior managers and executives need to be trained better to become more inspiring leaders

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It's been a while

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Interested in new ideas and technologies, gives room for growth

    Cons

    demanding hours, lots of hand-holding of clients

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Challenging and stimulating, but very frustrating

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn, great resources

    Cons

    Competitive to a fault, easy to fall through the cracks when working on large accounts

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience and positive culture!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PR Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - PR Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The people are helpful and you get to work on great accounts with top companies.

    Cons

    Pay and hours are decent for a PR Firm and there is room to get hired if you do a good job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great way to get introduced to PR firm culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Edelman Digital Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Edelman Digital Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    benefits, company outing and recreation, friendly staff

    Cons

    interns rarely get hired, they don't have enough space for a lot of their hires, no privacy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire so many interns if you know you can't hire them. It's unethical.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Intern

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

    I worked at Edelman as an intern (less than an 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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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 (less than an 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
  11.  

    The only agency I will ever work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 an year)

    Pros

    Unlike other agencies that say they support work-life balance and value their employees as their top asset, Edelman actually does both of these things in practice. Through the actions of middle to senior management, you are truly made to feel valued and appreciated. Opportunities are everywhere and the culture is laid back and fun.

    Cons

    While there is far less pressure on utilization than other agencies, making for a more relaxed environment (that's not to say we don't work super hard to achieve successes), but the salary compensation does seem lower than market competitors in the area. However, with the environment and culture, PTO and benefits, it balances out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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