Edelman Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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  1. Great experience and positive culture!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Great way to get introduced to PR firm culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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  5. Helpful (1)

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

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

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

    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


  6. The only agency I will ever work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    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.


  7. Never a dull moment

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

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

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

    Pros

    Many smart people to work with on a diverse portfolio of projects

    Cons

    Many projects can be thrown at you all at once.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  8. Interesting clients, interesting work

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

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to challenging client base. Ability to relate with clients.

    Cons

    Difficult to navigate complex office politics

    Advice to Management

    Manage the managers


  9. Feel very appreciated

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Management/supervisors are fantastic. I work with a highly skilled team who are great at their jobs. I feel very valued, appreciated and rewarded for my unique skills and talents. Fun mix of projects continually rather than the same old thing day in and day out.

    Cons

    Hours can be long. Tendency to under-staff

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to hire more readily. You risk burning out your employees who have to carry too much of the load.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Mid-Level Management Overworked and Underappreciated

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

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

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

    Pros

    Fun, collaborative culture. Lots of educational events and training opportunities.

    Cons

    Mid-level management has very little power. Junior employees tend to me more valued in terms of work and being heard by senior management. Edelman preaches creativity, mentorship, open communication with managers...but when it comes down to it, if someone doesn't like you, they will find a way to get rid of you. Several mid-level colleagues of mine were set up to be fired. I've dealt with sabotage before, but never like this on on such a large scale. You'll learn a lot while you're there, but if you don't fit the mold they're looking for, you'll probably be kicked out. Also, you will work crazy hours and be poorly compensated for it.

    Advice to Management

    Trust mid-level employees more with junior employees and clients.


  11. Helpful (1)

    In the agency world, private ownership is a huge perk.

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

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Their HR department is hands-down one of the best I've ever seen. Great conflict resolution, mentoring programs, and training opportunities.

    Cons

    It's just like any other PR firm. Significant demands on time, backbiting and territorial behavior in the office and among offices.



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