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Edelman Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
854 Reviews

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Pros
  • Lots of resources available to employees and good work-life balance culture (in 51 reviews)

  • Many smart people to work with on a diverse portfolio of projects (in 52 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely high work pressure means that work life balance is adversely impacted (in 110 reviews)

  • Long hours; org structure difficult to understand/navigate (in 90 reviews)

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  1.  

    Smart, growth-oriented company with very talented people

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

    Pros

    Everyday getting to work with really smart people to solve difficult problems for some of the leading companies and organizations. Unlike public firms, Edelman still feels very much like a family company. Much respect for the business ethics of the leadership.

    Cons

    It's a fast-paced, get it done and get it right attitude. This means working after-hours and responding to email and phone calls during times of client urgencies. If you are not accustomed to that lifestyle it can be a difficult place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to lead, continue to push employees but always listen... to everyone at all levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people, challenging work and plenty of room to grow.

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

    Pros

    My favorite thing about working at Edelman is the feeling of being on an all-star team. You get to work with and learn from the best and accomplish great things for your clients.

    Cons

    The downsides to Edelman are the same as at any big agency... long hours, low pay for junior to mid-level staff and a consistent break-neck pace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing exactly what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great family with endless opportunities

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

    Pros

    Global Network, great place for collaboration, smart people, privately owned, entrepreneurial.

    Cons

    The place could have more options for personal computing capabilities. Laptops for all team members, office space could be more creative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow middle management the opportunity to grow and not get stuck in positions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    What you make . . . or don't make . . . of it

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

    Pros

    For the truly motivated this is a great place to work, and there's no ceiling for dedicated, hard workers.

    Cons

    This all assumes you want to be a consultant. Edelman can be a great company but you're still a consultant, which means on call for clients 24/7.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more investment hires. Too often we're strapped working double duty because of the time it takes to justify a hire, get a job req approved, and then actually find the right person.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to Work

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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

    Pros

    Edelman is heads above other public relations agencies. It's general HR policies are enlightened and compensation is generally better than the competition.

    Cons

    The demands of the public relations industry make work-life balance difficult to achieve. In some ways, management is still an old boys' network.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure women's compensation is equal to men's.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to launch your career

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

    Pros

    Smart, ambitious people; range of opportunities, as long as you are vocal and have supportive managers.

    Cons

    Salary for junior staff is low.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Pretty good

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

    Pros

    Amazing people, good collaboration, challenging.

    Cons

    I don't have one. Maybe better clients?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys rock

  9.  

    Everything is perfect -- except salary could be better

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

    Pros

    Leadership, values and clients -- we are given an opportunity every single day to partake in some of the most exciting work going on in America and all over the world and when you factor in the greatness of what goes on inside the office -- the internal relationships we're building with our leaders and with each other -- Edelman is absolutely the best place to work.

    Cons

    Salary for lower level employees -- it's not terrible but it's not exactly that attractive, especially when compared to that received by the same level employees at other businesses and in other industries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing -- the Edelman DC senior level management is best in class.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fast-paced, demanding work environment that values strategic and creative thinking and offers endless opportunities.

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

    Pros

    Edelman offeres its employees big clients, big resources and big ideas
    The company invests a lot in career growth opportunities
    Always learning/improving

    Cons

    Work/life balance
    Salary
    Disconnect between senior management and junior staff
    Competitiveness over new work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be present; don't consistently cancel or shuffle meetings that aren't priority; don't miss an opportunity to provide feedback

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Challenging, Rewarding, Constantly-Evolving

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

    Pros

    When they say it's an entrepreneurial environment...they mean it. It's a major company, but still scrappy like a start-up in many respects. The people, and the camaraderie among them, can't be beat. And the company treats their employees well and truly has a "family" feel to it...it's the rare sort of place where people still can, and want to, build long-term careers.

    Cons

    Internal structure lacks clarity and seems to be constantly changing. The ability to be flexible and adaptable is commendable, but at some point, there has to be some consistency and commitment to a path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Give a long, hard look at fiscal structure throughout the organization. In an ideal world, we would adopt a set-up that ensures clients always get the best service, and thus continue to give us their business year after year. As it stands, certain aspects beget infighting and territorial behavior and ultimately do the company a huge disservice. 2) Help staff understand the business-side of account work, and Edelman, from an early level. 3) Continue to reward great work and ideas and embrace a strong work-life balance culture to retain the best staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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