Fleishman-Hillard
3.4 of 5 171 reviews
www.fleishmanhillard.com Saint Louis, MO 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jul 3, 2014
Fleishman-Hillard – Dallas – “Small Entry”

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81% Approve of the CEO

Fleishman-Hillard President and CEO Dave Senay

Dave Senay

(104 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Not what it used to be

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Saint Louis, MO

    ProsWorked with very talented colleagues. Employees at FH have the opportunity to work with great clients and produce world-class programs.

    ConsToo many people in management without true people management skills. The company is very traditional, doing many things because they've always done them that way and when change is made, it's not meaningful or the energy is directed at things that don't really make much impact in the overall scope. Also, in some roles true advancement opportunities are hard to come by or non-existent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Could have been a more enriching experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood PR practitioners, industry thought leaders, robust offerings across practices

    ConsToo focused on the parent/holding company; minimal growth opportunities or chance to be entrepreneurial

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Frustrating end to an otherwise good experience

    Creative Intern (Former Employee)
    Saint Louis, MO

    ProsMy time at FH was overall a good learning experience. As a creative intern, I was able to work on projects for big corporate clients and gain experience with the technical side of sharing creative assets. I worked with teams and senior-level creatives to cultivate design solutions while adhering to strict brand standard guidelines, an important skill that I will apply to jobs for the rest of my career. FH also had fun extras for interns including information sessions on skill sets and aspects of FH, weekly snacks, monthly birthday celebrations, and other random rewards.

    ConsAt times I felt like a design secretary. This is not a place for someone who is really looking to grow creatively. They want you to do the bare minimum, bill the maximum, and move on. No time to fuss with details or explore solutions. Art directors spoke negatively of each other behind backs and couldn't agree on creative direction. My creative intern coordinator did not even have a final meeting with me as my internship ended.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Low-Quality Work, Negative Culture

    Mid-Level (Former Employee)
    Saint Louis, MO

    Pros- Positive relationships with some colleagues
    - Provides exposure to larger clients
    - Good "boot camp" for the agency world

    Cons- Highly political, negative, and generally unpleasant working environment
    - Lower salaries than you'd expect from one of the world's largest PR firms
    - Shortsighted leadership, especially in the creative/digital space

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnderstand that attitude and enthusiasm for good quality work starts at the top.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was the "Agency of the Decade" more than a decade ago!

    Senior Partner (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood place to start a career. After two-four years, switch to any one of the many better agencies or to the client side. Lots of interesting work behind the scenes for lesser paid junior staff but you'll need to move elsewhere to get credit and compensation equivalent to your competence.

    ConsCurrent senior management is weak and the much vaunted FH global network is a myth. It's still an old St Louis boys club that rewards slavish loyalty to St Louis execs and local GMs far more than quality work for clients. Late to digital and still searching for an identity. Rebranding to "Truth" campaign is more than a little ironic when the main goal set for every employee isn't providing clients with high value, it's to bill clients as much as possible to "make the numbers" for OMCs quarterly earnings.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember that clients, not Omnicom's share price, come first.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Experience at FleishmanHillard

    Vice President (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsLots of resources, somewhat flexible

    ConsLots of people will inflated positions; lack of strategic thinking and leadership

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlways conduct employee reviews -- people don't just get promoted within feedback from all those they work with

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    True or False? False.

    Vice President (Current Employee)

    ProsSmart, funny colleagues makes for a whimsical, free environment when there is good cash-flow. You get a lot of growth opportunities and autonomy at a young age, which is wonderful and rare. Client content is very diverse and cool. The highs are really high, with proud toasts on good client days and rebid renewals. I miss that part.

    ConsHighly unethical. The DC office reminds you, Dorothy, that you aren't in Kansas anymore. Their new brand is all about being "true" and authentic. "Thou doth protest too much." It's moralistic and ironic given that they have crudely pushed out some of the most honest, lovely, truthful and intelligent people employed there, while retaining and promoting a lot of snakes.

    I have been gone for awhile and have heard from others who have since left the serious falsities this office has permitted. This place has devastated the lives of fabulous employees and while this office has worked to realign itself, I would not go so far as to say they are about "truth." That makes me want to laugh, and cry, which i did a lot after I resigned. It "truly" hurt my life.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuiet employees should not be marginalized. Find a creative space for them to do their thing and nurture them for the behind-the-scenes talent they bring to the table. Be truthful. Be honest and respectful of all your employees, even those who have different political leanings, are introverted, and perhaps too gentile for the Animal House. Those are quiet diamonds shimmering in the wings, and often some of your best assets.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Corporate silos and office politics

    Senior Vice President (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsExtensive global network, in-house capabilities (design, video, digital, etc.) and brand name clients. Excellent media relationships. Good internship program brings in talented young people. Some good technology updates in recent months.

    ConsEveryone is slotted into a particular role from which they never escape; employees at all levels are siloed off into regions, offices, practices, sectors, groups, subgroups, etc., and rarely get the opportunity to stretch or interact. Help out another group on something? You'll never hear back from them as to how it turned out, because they only care about the six people they sit next to. Senior leadership obsessed with chasing the next big thing instead of tending to the current thing. Juniors (millennials) expect to get a medal for working a 40-hour week and complain about work-life balance on glassdoor when they don't.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTear down (metaphorical) walls that separate groups from one another and create financial incentives for true inter-office collaboration. General managers cannot be running independent fiefdoms. Be transparent with all employees about financial health of the firm all the time, and stop changing course every five months.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Avoid, at least KC Office.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsA few bright people. Driven. Compensation, at certain levels, is ok.

    ConsReally weak leadership. Authoritarian. Treats senior folks as if they just joined the organization. In this office at least, this is the tale of baseball manager who's message has long been lost on his team.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLighten up. Your self-importance kills everything good about this industry. Firms like Edelman make you look silly. ,

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No personal time

    Senior Account Executive (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros- Large clients that give you great experience
    - Others at firm are doing exciting work
    - Firm is in a good position for success

    Cons- Zero personal time - expect to do 60-70 hours a week, regardless of other commitments
    - Too corporate

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealize and respect employees family time/life

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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