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Updated July 31, 2017
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  • The company culture is amazing-- people work hard and care about their work but have a great work/life balance (in 88 reviews)

  • Great company to work for; smart people, great work benefits (in 104 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Good not great"

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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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing resources that are always available to you. Pride in working for a company that is a leader in the industry. The variety and types of clients Edelman has can't be beat.

    Cons

    It's extremely difficult to move to other teams and offices even if your interest and strengths lie elsewhere

    Edelman Response

    Aug 11, 2017 – Edelman

    Thanks for your review! It's so nice to hear from employees who are as proud of working at Edelman as I am. I hope you'll work with your local HR team if you're not currently in a position that suits... More


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Account Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazingly smart people, fun atmosphere, great clients, incredible work and accounts

    Cons

    Long hours, horrible pay, little recognition, takes a while to move up

    Advice to Management

    Junior staff does 80% of the work. Appreciate them or they'll leave.

    Edelman Response

    Sep 9, 2017 – Edelman

    It makes me happy to hear your positive comments about the firm. It is a lot of fun, isn't it! I also recognize where you must be coming from in your constructive feedback about hours and balance... More

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

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    • 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


  4. "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


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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


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

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    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.


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

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    • 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

  8. "Technical Project Manager"

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    • 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.


  9. 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.


  10. "Edelman"

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    • 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


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