Edelman Reviews

Updated March 11, 2015
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  1. Great company to start your career at.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of short-term projects and opportunities available to maximize learning. Colleagues are smart, fun and personable. Fantastic training courses available.

    Cons

    Not much say in clients you work for. Always expected to be "on the clock" even when out of the office.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should always work with their direct report. it doesn't make sense for a manager to "manage" you if they have no direct knowledge of what you are like as an employee in actual client-facing work settings.

  2. Growing pains for some things, too many traditional thinkers

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  3. Helpful (1)

    Meat grinder. If you can handle the pace and expectations this place is for you.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Breakfast provided. Diverse portfolio of clients. Great employees. They hire attractive women.

    Cons

    Unreasonable expectations. They will work you to the bone. Acquiring new business is a large portion of work and is tough. Senior management waits till the last minute.

    Advice to Management

    Have reasonable expectations for workload. Respect the employees work-life balance.

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  5. Creative and aggressive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    biggest in the industry; global

    Cons

    competition among offices; fees are getting high

  6. Edelman

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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

  7. It's been a while

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interested in new ideas and technologies, gives room for growth

    Cons

    demanding hours, lots of hand-holding of clients

  8. Challenging and stimulating, but very frustrating

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

    I worked at Edelman full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to learn, great resources

    Cons

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

  9. Great experience and positive culture!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - PR Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - PR Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  10. Great way to get introduced to PR firm culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Edelman Digital Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Edelman Digital Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (2)

    Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

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