FleishmanHillard

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FleishmanHillard Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
208 Reviews
3.4
208 Reviews
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FleishmanHillard President and CEO Dave Senay
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Pros
  • there are some really great people at FH (in 12 reviews)

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


Cons
  • With the industry work/life balance it is sometimes hard to find (in 18 reviews)

  • Long hours expected with low pay, not very cutting edge when it comes to digital programs (in 19 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Provincial and struggling for an identity

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

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

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

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

    I worked at FleishmanHillard as an intern (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Learn to conduct internal business in a much more engaging way

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Heading down a steep slope...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 an year)

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    FH Chicago

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Decent amount of vacation time, personal time and holidays.

    Cons

    Has a vastly unfair pay scale. Poor leadership: either abusive or ignores abuse of staff. Unfair treatment of entry-, base- and mid-level employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Belittling and verbally abusing staff doesn't improve productivity nor does it create excitement or enthusiasm about work. Learn to appreciate people's hard work and efforts and try to have some respect for others, no matter what lever their position is. For those leaders who ignore these abusive situations, be a GOOD leader and do something about it. Companies should not let their employees be bullied.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Terrible work-life balance and total lack of employee engagement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The salary wasn't too bad. The work location and office space was nice. The office outtings were somewhat fun, but rare.

    Cons

    If you want to have any semblance of a life outside of work, forget pursuing a job here. Young, unmarried post grads (mostly female sorority types) do well here because most of them don't have any other work experience to compare the unacceptable FH experience to, and they are happy to work 24/7 to get promoted. FH is also stuck in a traditional PR rut and rarely deviates from the old-fashioned way of doing things. So be prepared to go with the flow here and never truly feel like you're making an impact with the previous experiences you bring to the table.

    This company totally lacks diversity and intuitive senior management that understands the needs of its staff. Also, forget taking doctor-prescribed medical leave for any kind of health issue or much deserved vacation time off of work . You will either be fired or asked to work during your leave. It's all about the bottom line here. They don't particularly care about the health and wellness outlook of hard-working employees that make this the internationally successful company that it is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to re-organize your business priorities and put the needs of hard-working employees above all else. You need comprehensive employee engagement and wellness programs and you have to lead by example. Also, think about diversifying your staff, which has been proven time and time again to provide new perspectives and innovative business and communication strategies--something new clients are always looking for in a PR firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    A PR agency trying very hard to be a digital creative agency

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Creative Intern in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Digital Creative Intern in Dallas, TX

    I worked at FleishmanHillard

    Pros

    Cookies, beer, 9-5 hours, a few good clients, some fun people to work with, little responsibility as an intern, first job out of school

    Cons

    Wow, this place is trying so hard to be a creative agency when it's not. A creative director whom gets his orders from the PR side of the agency that never fights for the creative. All I really did was build preso decks (in MS Word?) and look for stock photos. The full time creatives also built decks and worked on internal work. I would never refer anyone to work there that wanted to advance in the creative field but if you're in it for the PR then go right ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to produce digital creative then let the creatives do their job, theres no real creative being done when it comes to the "creative group". Maybe you should give up on the creative part.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dlsappointing Employment Experience

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

    I worked at FleishmanHillard

    Pros

    Great downtown location close to many amenities, promotion of healthful benefits such as once a week fruit delivery in the work place, purified water, nice kitchens available to staff, on-site yoga, generous vacation policy.

    Cons

    May be a better employer for those involved in the business of public relations but for those who are in more administrative roles, not so much a desired place of employment. Outdated dress code and severely lacking in diversity of both racial/ethnic staff but also lacking diversity of thought. Encourage all potential new hires to make sure there is a cultural fit between what Fleishman has to offer and what you are seeking. Ask about the number of hours you are expected to work per week as a PR professional before accepting an offer of employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at what other companies are doing to attract and retain talent - not only in the PR industry but look at other companies as well. Place more emphasis on career development for support functions. Revisit your dress code. Do something visible and tangible about the lack of racial diversity. Hold all management accountable for beng respectful of others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beware of Fleishman Hillard

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

    I worked at FleishmanHillard

    Pros

    Interesting clients; external reputation of firm is valuable when seeking subsequent employment. There really aren't any more reasons to work there, aside from the after-work parties, the money, and the effect on your resume.

    Cons

    horrible work environment; no flexibility; arcane dress code; no work at home policy; unbelievably bad managing. Managment are covert, secrets are common, and gossip rules the day. bosses play favorites all the time, to the point it's laughable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Join the 21st Century

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be Rewarded for Trustworthy Advice and Strategic Counsel

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President and Partner and Practice Group Lead in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President and Partner and Practice Group Lead in New York, NY

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard

    Pros

    Commitment to Digital and relentless commitment to retaining digital staff that believe in ROI and Understand the Big Picture. In the Digital Space and even throughout the Senior Management they may not always understand what you do or care to but they will pay and give a lot of autonomy to keep "franchise" players like myself.

    Cons

    As an overly qualified white man I am fortunate to only experience rapid growth. There is however very little value or concern for Junior Staff. All about Senior staff and primarily tjpd that can win new business, the C-Level team in STI rarely gets involved in anything but counting money so the senior staff can interact with them form time-to=-time not the Junior staff. A lot of pressure to win new business. The primary digital workforce, strategic practitioners and leadership of the digital as a who is a Parody compared to competitors, boutique firms and the advertising industry as a whole. This has forced FH planning and management staff to do anything that supports new business process regardless of their actual work routine negative or rude day-to-day dialog with female staff (a poor ad feeble attempt to compete, match the unique skill set, analytical platform, future forward software platform creation and a real trusted global thought leadership,. Senior management promotes a culture of revenues first over service, digital innovation, real digital and other o offer unique or ahead of the curve products. Unfortunately the real digital and digitally respected talent is going elsewhere. Only by sheer by luck are theyable to hire individuals like myself that can actually lead in strategy, client council and digital and social media integration. No one questions us and they by what we request.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect all of the staff no matter what age or level, Cut the chord stop the layers of people and I swear this is true someone with FHv asked me if Dave Senay was real, I said he was a big Money Boss in STL that FH answers to. Then I said just kidding FH senior leaderships needs to think for yourself. Man-up or no one will value, respect or take FH seriously or the Senior Team in STL does.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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