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Edelman Washington Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Edelman has a great work life balance (in 86 reviews)

  • great and smart people to work with (in 99 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance could be better for full time employees (in 225 reviews)

  • The pay is just sufficient despite the long hours you work (in 148 reviews)

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

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    • 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.


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

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    • 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

  3. "Great Experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Perfect job for anyone looking to gain experience in the public relations field, especially fresh out of college. Learn how to combine your knowledge of writing and communications with effective use of data and market analytics to become a skilled employee. Work on high profile clients and really interesting projects.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work can be hard-driven, but this is also a positive in quickly developing your skills and experiences in the field.

    Advice to Management

    Only that sometimes work can be a bit hectic and busy and then quiet, so perhaps try to balance out scheduling of assignments so that the work is more constant as opposed to slow and then extremely busy. But of course, sometimes that is just the nature of the work. That said the majority of the time is "good" busy, and I much prefer being busy doing interesting and challenging work to having nothing to do. Overall I would give Edelman Berland a solid A.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Analyst"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Good network within Exelman. Very good Fortune 500 clients and skotbifcexoosure given the fact that the senior leadership (CEO) doesn't really understand the fundamentals of research They are trying g to position themselves as a research company with little or no understanding of research.

    Cons

    The worst management n history. I mean the history of the world here. CEO is as dumb as a box of nails but the box of nails has a better "sales IQ".

    Advice to Management

    Quit. Please


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Toxic culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Edelman full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    EB's affiliation with Edelman, which is well-respected and has a great client roster. However, the culture within Edelman Berland is so toxic that it outweighs these benefits. If you're serious about a career in market research, working for EB would actually hurt your future career prospects. If you know you want to work in public relations, pursue work with Edelman directly.

    Cons

    This used to be a great company, but two CEO changes, first in 2011, then again in 2012, completely overhauled the company's philosophy, business model, operations, clientele, and culture. Change in inevitable with any leadership turnover, but nearly every change implemented in the last 3 years has been to the organization's detriment. Company leaders encourage pettiness, gossip, and passive-aggressive behaviors. The culture is absolutely toxic. Most of the talented employees were either pushed out, or treated so terribly they left on their own within 2 years. The CEO is not a leader, he's a dictator and a jerk.

    Advice to Management

    Shut it down and start over.


  6. "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.


  7. "Internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible Culture
    Real-world work
    Interns are valued as true team members
    True ability to grow

    Cons

    Long hours
    Low starting salary
    You must pay your dues, but that is expected in a large agency.

    Advice to Management

    I think that the HR department has room for improvement.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Assistant Account Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Edelman full-time

    Pros

    Hands down some of the best clients in the industry - so you'll get an advantage of building out your resume. People are willing to share advice and sit down with you, if you ask for it.

    Cons

    Salary much below the market. You have to manage your career from the very first day you become full-time, otherwise you will be left behind and looked over for promotions - which acts as a nod for you to seek employment elsewhere. Highly political, more career management than work. It gets exhausting quickly.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of turnover on both a junior and a senior level should speak volumes about the direction of the company. Look deep and hard into what is happening in the internal culture and where Edelman wants to position itself. Pay junior staffers more if you want to retain talent...but then again, it's another great indication of how fast people are leaving.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Strong company challenged by scale, leadership"

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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
    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?"


  10. Helpful (4)

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

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    • 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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