Edelman Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
965 Reviews
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Pros
  • Lots of resources available to employees and good work-life balance culture (in 64 reviews)

  • Many smart people to work with on a diverse portfolio of projects (in 61 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely high work pressure means that work life balance is adversely impacted (in 133 reviews)

  • Junior staff are expected to work long hours, with minimal financial compensation (in 95 reviews)

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  1.  

    Interesting clients, interesting work

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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 an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Difficult to navigate complex office politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage the managers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Feel very appreciated

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    • 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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mid-Level Management Overworked and Underappreciated

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    In the agency world, private ownership is a huge perk.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Account Supervisor

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Creative, innovative, young and vibrant work environment, challenging and interesting work

    Cons

    Financial compensation for junior staffers could be higher

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A place to stay and grow

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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic colleagues, challenging work. Edelman provides an environment where employees can get out as much as they put in -- opportunities to chart your own career path, propose new approaches to client challenges and travel to other offices through fellowship programs. We work hard but there is plenty of time to enjoy, as well.

    Cons

    Communication and cooperation could be better across teams and practice areas. In some cases, too much focus on individual P&Ls vs. the good of the client or company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to enforce teamwork across groups and offices to reduce the "look out for yourself" or "what in it for me" mentality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fantastic.

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

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

    Pros

    The day-to-day work is stimulating and the culture is unbeatable. You're constantly surrounded by intelligent, compassionate people who care tremendously about the work they do and the success of the company more broadly.

    Cons

    The entry-level salary could be higher.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    There's a reason it's the best firm in the world

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Smart people, incredible culture, amazing clients. There's a work-hard, play-hard mentality that is prevalent throughout the office.

    Cons

    Long hours, not the best compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fantastic!

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    The culture at Edelman is fantastic, employees have a high level of passion for their work and the company. The independent nature of the company enables employees freedom to do their best work and achieve the best outcomes for their clients.

    Cons

    The salary could be better but they get away with paying people less because they are the best.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Smart, growth-oriented company with very talented people

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

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

    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

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