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Edelman Washington DC Reviews

Updated May 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Edelman has a great work life balance (in 86 reviews)

  • great and smart people to work with (in 96 reviews)

Cons
  • work/life balance isn't a top priority for management (in 224 reviews)

  • The pay is just sufficient despite the long hours you work (in 145 reviews)

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  1. "Good Place to Start a Career in PR"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to start your career. High profile accounts and lots of hands on experience. During the summer they had intern programming to give you more insight into the company and more access to senior management. It is a very flat office and if you take the initiative you can make some great connections with people around the office.

    Cons

    There is no guarantee you will be hired, no matter how well you perform. Hiring is based largely on timing. Long hours, but that is typical of the industry


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great Company If You Fit Into the Culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great resume builder if you plan on working in PR.

    Cons

    Lacks diversity on several levels. If you are a person of color good luck fitting into the corporate culture and trying to find a mentor (I have heard some of the conversations from mid-level managers) If you aren't a prep you better get started looking and acting the part.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the box.

    Edelman Response

    May 17, 2017 – Edelman

    Thank you for your review. It is disappointing to learn of your experience with and perception of the office culture. However, in our efforts to create a more diverse workplace and inclusive work ... More


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Senior Account Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SAE in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - SAE in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the clients you work with are big names, the benefits are OK, and you have the stability of a large firm.

    Cons

    Avoid Edelman. No innovative spirit whatsoever, a lot of meetings about nothing, loads of unnecessary bureaucracy, way too much hesitation to challenge clients on bad ideas, bad office culture that values time sitting at your desk over actual output.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganization for the sake of it is bad. Stop.

    Edelman Response

    Apr 27, 2017 – Edelman

    Thanks for your constructive feedback. It's helpful to hear from employees' first-hand, so we can learn from their experiences and make improvements. If you have more details you'd like to share ... More


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  5. "Great company, supportive team"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman as an intern

    Pros

    Edelman has a great office environment and the accounts are very interesting and diverse. The company has a lot of programs and incentives to take care of the staff.

    Cons

    Not the easiest for work/life balance


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Edelman"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategic Planner and Branding in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Strategic Planner and Branding in Washington, DC

    I worked at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Exposed to top companies/clients/accounts, both national and international.
    Work with really smart, talented and driven people.
    You will learn a lot if you set yourself to it -- no one will baby you, this is the real world.

    Make good connections! Take advantage of "coffee dates."
    If you don't get promoted, more than likely someone there will know someone else who might be willing to hire you.
    Become good friends with the HR peeps -- they can help.

    Don't treat interns badly, they might end up being your coworkers soon.

    Cons

    Long, long, long hours for the compensation. Don't expect to sit around and leave when you're supposed to.
    Don't not expected to get promoted just because people like you and you are a talented, hard worker, it really just depends on the business at time.

    Advice to Management

    Know who is worth keeping -- talented people have been let go because of lack of resources.

    Edelman Response

    Feb 21, 2017 – Edelman

    Thank you for your thoughtful review. It sounds like you've truly embraced the entrepreneurial spirit that Edelman strives to cultivate! I appreciate you sharing your observations about where we can ... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Solid Company with ethics"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Clients are taken care of and the advisors are experienced. Upper management encourages helping all clients no matter if they have investable money or not. The mission is educating people. Also Ric's books are given away free in an effort to educate.

    Cons

    No company is perfect but I cannot think of a meaningful area where the company is lacking. Clients get good and consistent advice.

    Advice to Management

    I trust that our leaders will continue to guide the firm through an industry that is changing rapidly due to technology.

    Edelman Response

    Jan 19, 2017 – Edelman

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful review. It's great to be recognized for the efforts we are making to keep the firm at the forefront of the rapidly changing global landscape. Maria O'Keeffe ... More


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good experience, but don't count on a job"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good experience that isn't just grunt work. Actually get to work on client accounts. Useful agency experience.

    Cons

    The DC office hires interns on a rolling basis and consequently has way too many at one time, because low wage interns doing high value work is good for the bottom line. They don't plan on hiring 90% of them, despite what they tell you. It's "just business". When one intern leaves, they replace him or her within a week or two. This makes for a toxic, stressful environment for interns, most of whom are new grads (some with masters degrees) who are struggling to make ends meet and secure the future of their careers.

    Advice to Management

    Be completely transparent about job prospects for interns. If the chances aren't good, it will give these individuals a chance to look elsewhere, rather than hold onto hope until the last day of their internships and end up jobless. Send out any AAE openings to ALL interns and set the tone for a level playing ground. If a position is open, interested interns deserve the chance to interview.

    For the 10% of interns you do hire, stop hiring based on convenience/timing rather than merit. Quality of AAEs and company culture suffers, and leads to high turnover. Yes, you're a business, but treat junior staff like humans and not like parts of the factory line. You'll notice more people stick around as a result.


  9. "Great place to work if it's not your first job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with great people who are willing to help you succeed. Exposure to big brands and big work. Expectations are pretty clear.

    Cons

    Stressful. Pay isn't that great to get by in DC, but it's better than nothing. (Most folks I worked with had 1 or 2 part-time jobs).

    The work isn't too hard if you already have experience, but there is a lot of it.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure intern supervisors have the chops to mange.


  10. "Meritocracy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of upward mobility for top performers. AMAZING people work here. I genuinely look forward to work everyday and that's because of the people. Bureaucracy exists, but easy to bypass with a few years of experience and relationships. Fast-moving environment, very entrepreneurial. If you point out a problem, the expectation is that you also provide a solution.

    Cons

    You're always going to get paid less at an agency, but you make up for that in interesting/high-profile client work.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to empower junior employees and reward ambitious top performers.

    Edelman Response

    Jul 26, 2016 – Manager

    Thank you so much for the review! Glad to hear you are excelling at Edelman and know you will continue to do so.


  11. Helpful (22)

    "Check the trends graphs, this place is on the decline"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Some really great people. Casual work environment. Top clients (as dysfunctional as they may be). Respectable salary and benefits. Very challenging and lots of room for growth...to a point.

    Cons

    Leadership has become a joke. The guys in charge (and they are all guys) have no clear role or greater vision--they are a bunch of "yes" men with ADD who drop unfeasible ideas on the "no" women beneath them, who are then expected to tackle and execute problems based on reality. There is no autonomy or direction when it comes to one's career; to get ahead as a woman, you have to do whatever is asked of you regardless of your skills or areas of expertise. Instead of matching work to the person, the only criteria used is capacity and dependability, so as usual, the high performers suffer while the people who've proven useless coast along. Office politics are also insufferable--there is a galling amount of gossip and backstabbing among middle and upper management.

    As for junior staff, i think it's probably a decent place to be--as with most agencies, you'll end up doing the bulk of the labor while your billing rates are cheap, shoot up the ladder if you do a great job, then land in the pile of dung that is a management role. The real killer is seeing how the sausage is made. And all of this is to say nothing of some of the lunatics we work for.

    Advice to Management

    Hahaha. Right, advice to management. I'll save my characters.


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