FleishmanHillard Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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FleishmanHillard President and CEO Dave Senay
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Pros
  • Great people with a friendly atmosphere (in 12 reviews)

  • Employees at FH have the opportunity to work with great clients and produce world-class programs (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Staffing challenges sometimes create work-life balance issues (in 18 reviews)

  • long hours are industry standard but are expected without question at a junior level (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Mean Girl" culture, no leadership in Chicago

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, hard working mid-level and junior staff
    Good office location
    Some interesting clients
    Good national reputation

    Cons

    Corporate is aware of issues, but doesn't take action
    Reputation among client decision makers is poor
    Former employees are truth telling about mistreatment
    Clients fleeing

    Advice to Management

    Corporate: take action and make significant changes
    Implement serious measures to improve morale because it's impacting business
    Communicate changes to improve reputation


  2. Helpful (1)

    Awful

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FleishmanHillard

    Pros

    there are no pros at all

    Cons

    It's a huge corporation where no one cares about you


  3. Helpful (2)

    If you care about your mental health, don't work here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Supervisor in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Managing Supervisor in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    World class clients, big projects, big budgets, some exceptionally smart people.

    Cons

    People are robots that have 0 regard for human life, work life balance doesn't exist and turnover is horrific. They expect client service to me at the health of their employees. Most people that leave end up needing years of therapy to recover from FH. Super high pressure environment with type A's trying to undercut each other. Typical to have people that have had cancer and brag about not missing a day of work.

    Advice to Management

    Think about what kind of culture you are fostering and the talent you are losing. The turn over is horrific and you put your employees health last.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Agency has gone downhill last few years

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Managing Supervisor in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of really cool, smart and funny employees.
    Gain loads of experience while working around the clock, including weekends, holidays and on vacation.
    Easy to meet low quality work standards since existing clients are completely overlooked in the pursuit of new business.
    Holiday "bonus" for employees was a remodel of a conference room into a fun/creative space with a white board!

    Cons

    Overworked and underpaid.
    New biz comes before existing clients.
    Employees leaving in droves.
    No money is invested in people or tools.
    No work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your people, existing clients and quality of work.


  6. Helpful (6)

    Toxic Place To Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very little pros, you think you want to work here, trust me you don't.
    The salary is OK for the field

    Cons

    The company culture is toxic. The only way you get ahead is by throwing your colleagues under the bus. The people are immature, lots of gossip in the office. Mid-level management love to intimidate you into coming in early/working late/skipping lunch etc.

    Advice to Management

    FH needs to check its company culture within practice groups. I often felt humiliated for minor mistakes and taken advantage of as an employee.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Worst place I ever worked

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AAE in New York, NY
    Former Employee - AAE in New York, NY

    I worked at FleishmanHillard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Client are high profile, global network?? cant think more...

    Cons

    Micro management, NY office is full of politics (some people r just trying hard ro please their boss instead of working hard), poor work- life balance, low pay


  8. Helpful (5)

    Provincial and struggling for an identity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Has retained a solid reputation based on big, long-lasting clients.
    Attracts the cream of the crop for its paid internships.

    Cons

    Watch your back.
    Political intrigue is rampant - New York office is choc-a-block with sycophants.
    Has been shedding its "legacy" employees in droves.
    Offices share very little - including culture.
    St. Louis is the center of what, exactly?

    Advice to Management

    You lost a lot more than a dash when you changed the logo.
    Quit trying to be an ad agency. It's not working.
    Show the same concern in valuing your clients and your people as you do for OMC management and shareholders.
    Ethics matter - now more than ever.


  9. I would not recommend working here - whether that be an internship or a full-time opportunity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Brand Marketing Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Brand Marketing Intern in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    List of clients are top of each industry sector

    Cons

    Incredibly mundane work and mindless task of tracking articles for clients. Never was able to see the big-picture strategy initiatives that my team was working on (repeatedly asked to be a part of)

    Way more PR oriented than I expected. Little to no marketing experience gained.

    New York office as a whole was a very unfriendly place. Never was asked out to lunch or interacted with fellow employees in a social manner

    Advice to Management

    Learn to conduct internal business in a much more engaging way


  10. Helpful (1)

    Heading down a steep slope...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Part of the Omnicom familiy with a broad global network.

    Cons

    The firm lacks strong and talented management. Performance is measured merely by billable hours vs. experience, knowledge, quality service, client relationship management and business development outcomes, which is reflected in the lack of qualified and talented management. Petty and frustrating internal and interoffice politics As a result, the firm keeps loosing great talent and clients. Poor HR, you only see them around when they are about to let go someone. It is challenging to remain hopeful in such circumstances.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership at HQ and regional levels need to step outside of the unrealistic bubble they live in, and seek innovative and effective ways to re-introduce services, otherwise be ready to say bye-bye in the PR sphere.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Worse experience I have ever had working for a company and so glad I left. Best decision made!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Can't think of any positive feedback for this company......other than the weekly treat cart!

    Cons

    Executive leader/member, very challenging, rude and does not know how to communicate with those who assist them. Just not appropriate business management skills. Gone through several help in a short period of time, you would think those leaders over that individual, would realize their own is the problem. If the individuals whom keep coming into the position keep changing, but the one executive does not, it's a no-brainer on where the issue lies.....as all those coming in the position can't be the same!



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