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Edelman Washington Reviews

Updated March 22, 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 225 reviews)

  • The pay is just sufficient despite the long hours you work (in 146 reviews)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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. "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


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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  4. "Good company if you beg for work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone from a AE and up has good experience and insight to share.

    Cons

    Your actual PR experience depends heavily on which team you are on. Some interns on certain teams get a lot of really good work that they can learn from, e.g. creating decks, drafting press releases, compiling media lists, drafting research for a big client project. Other interns will literally watch Netflix or even knit (I have witnessed this). Interns have the opportunity to volunteer for work at times, but if your team doesn't use you, and they won't depending on budgets, you won't find yourself occupied.

    Also - career advancement is less likely than HR makes it out to be. I would say 2/10 interns advance, and only those that are put on teams with EXTREME amounts of work in growing sectors do; mostly Health or Digital.


  5. "Best PR Firm in world. Learn and grow a lot for the cost of work-life balance."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Washington, DC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Smart, professional, fun people, fast paced.

    Cons

    Work-life balance. Having a family while working at Edelman can be difficult for some.

    Advice to Management

    Washington


  6. "Technical Project Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    People and the overall culture is great!

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be tough given the team you're on.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to start your career at."

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    • 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of short-term projects and opportunities available to maximize learning. Colleagues are smart, fun and personable. Fantastic training courses available.

    Cons

    Not much say in clients you work for. Always expected to be "on the clock" even when out of the office.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should always work with their direct report. it doesn't make sense for a manager to "manage" you if they have no direct knowledge of what you are like as an employee in actual client-facing work settings.


  8. "Edelman"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great clients. Collegial work environment. Good growth and professional development potential

    Cons

    Senior managers and executives need to be trained better to become more inspiring leaders


  9. "Great experience and positive culture!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - PR Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - PR Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great way to get introduced to PR firm culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


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