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Edelman Washington Reviews

Updated December 14, 2016
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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. 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.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Strong company challenged by scale, leadership"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You will learn from some of the best in your field. You will work on the biggest brands or biggest challenges facing any industry. You'll be challenged by your peers and clients alike. You will work hard and be compensated well.

    You will also have extraordinary flexibility in your career; the firm (generally) recognizes that value comes in many shapes and sizes and that you are more effective if you're passionate so there are amazing opportunities to try new things, travel to new places, to take chances or chart your own course.

    There is still a family atmosphere, and Richard cares deeply about that part of the culture.

    Despite the cons below, Edelman remains the best of the big firms. Whatever her challenges, they aren't the ones driven by public holding companies that focus on short-term thinking and treat employees like rows on a spreadsheet.

    Cons

    The company defies logic when it comes to growing at scale, but at the same time there are real cracks under the surface.

    -Upper management (office-heads and up) has become extraordinarily political and more focused on "management" then leadership or client work. Understandable at many levels given the pressures of growing big things. Unfortunately they are also pretty homogeneous when it comes to philosophical outlook; not a problem if you're well on the political left, but challenging if you're on the center-right.

    -Layers and layers. Five years ago, Dan Edelman's mantra of "everyone is an account executive" rang true. Today, not nearly as much. The firm has added large numbers of "operations" people, "practice" people, and other kinds of people that don't really face clients as a key part of their job. Unclear how much value they bring, but HOLY COW CAN THEY WRITE LONG EMAILS OUTLINING SMALL CHANGES.

    -Bad apples. Everyone has them. Edelman seems to have some at the very top of the chain. From abusive to unethical, it's unclear how the very top doesn't see them clearly for what they are. Suspending one is a good down payment.

    Advice to Management

    Add some diversity of THOUGHT to the executive committee. Stop rewarding operators and bureaucrats. Spend more time asking "what's good for the client?" than "what's good for my agenda?"


  3. Helpful (3)

    "My 6 Month Internship in the D.C. Office"

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

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

    Pros

    Big clients- Hilton, Walmart, Pepse, Adobe, Dannon, etc.
    Big office- many people to connect with and learn from
    In the heart of D.C.
    Edelman Learning Institute classes- hearing from & meeting experts
    Nice perks like endless coffee and ice cream on Fridays
    Was paid $12.25 an hour + time and a half for over time.

    Cons

    At least 30 interns any given week
    Most of the time you are isolated from the "real" employees.All interns are sectioned off in rooms together.
    Work follows you home.
    Not a steady rhythm- either stressed and pulling your hair out or bored and twiddling you thumbs.
    Getting a full-time position mostly depends on timing, luck of the draw.
    Lots of drinking in the office (maybe that is a pro to you though).

    Advice to Management

    Give more feedback. Meet with interns regularly. Give the intern a written review at the end of their internship.


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  5. "Growing pains for some things, too many traditional thinkers"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  6. "Creative and aggressive"

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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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Edelman full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    biggest in the industry; global

    Cons

    competition among offices; fees are getting high


  7. "It's been a while"

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    • 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn, great resources

    Cons

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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "AE"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital AE in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Digital AE in Washington, DC

    Pros

    The company has a good reputation.

    Cons

    I feel I am underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Show your employees they are valued by investing in their future with the company rather than hiring people you don't yet know. (spend your money on rewarding current employers before you spend it on hiring new people)


  10. "Only "Type A" Personalities Need Apply"

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

    Pros

    Industry Cache
    Brilliant thinkers inspire you

    Cons

    Attitude of some staffers
    Brilliant Thinker

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you know how hard your interns and middle management work - but also realize ome of them have no clue what they are doing.


  11. "Fun, but low-paying"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun, great people, Interesting work

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours, lack of organization among teams

    Advice to Management

    None


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