Fleishman-Hillard
3.4 of 5 170 reviews
www.fleishmanhillard.com Saint Louis, MO 1000 to 5000 Employees

Fleishman-Hillard Reviews

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

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3.4 170 reviews

                             

81% Approve of the CEO

Fleishman-Hillard President and CEO Dave Senay

Dave Senay

(103 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great people, supportive environment, growth opportunities"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Smart colleagues and challenging work for great clients"
    in 9 reviews
Cons:
  • "Toxic work-life balance and yet managers are surprised when people quit"
    in 13 reviews
  • "Long hours, can be difficult to turn an internship into a full-time position"
    in 14 reviews
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    Good learning experience but lack of mentorship

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsVery professional, interesting clients, good reputation.

    ConsOften times stuck doing menial tasks. Higher level people aren't particularly helpful in a mentoring sense.

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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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    Intern (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsProfessional, respected firm in the PR industry. Lots of opportunities for professional growth in a challenging, fast-paced environment.

    ConsLong hours, can be difficult to turn an internship into a full-time position. The hiring process is fairly drawn-out, and at times the load of work can be overwhelming.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One of the better big PR firms in terms of collaboration, but interoffice politics is frustrating

    Senior Vice President (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGood international footprint, some good big anchor brands, less competitive internally and more collaborative (but this can depend on which office you work in).

    ConsKnowledge sharing is haphazard, some senior consultants are only there because they have worked in the company for 20 years, interoffice politics, poor HR/career development

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove OD and career development programs, improve inter-office coordination and collaboration

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fast-paced, excellent learning opportunity

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFleishman-Hillard gives you the opportunity to work on very high-profile clients and recognizable brands. Everything I did while I was there was a great skill-builder. They also provide excellent training opportunities, and really see the "big picture" as far as staying ahead of the curve of industry trends, so I felt like I was working at a place that was always teaching me.

    ConsThe workload is intense, and with client work, there are always a lot of fire drills, sometimes after hours and on weekends. You are always expected to be connected to your phone and available, no matter what.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to have more programs/opportunities in place to make employees feel valued - people work very hard, and there wasn't a lot of recognition.

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    Smart, hard-working people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros-Great mentorship
    -Employees are intelligent, passionate
    -Collaborative warm culture

    Cons-Striking a work-life balance is a struggle

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The Land of Oz

    Vice President (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsA brilliant staff - 95% of whom are the best and the brightest in communications but are not allowed by management to know that, think that, feel that, or ever believe it.

    ConsFH-DC. Frozen in time. A relic of a bygone era.
    A PR principality -- a Bermuda Triangle Kingdom - ruled and carefully controlled by a core group of lifers who will do it whatever it takes to ensure new blood, fresh thinking and an entrepreneurial spirit never get in the way of their entitled way of life and a Downtown Abbey approach to management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet out of the Bermuda Triangle -- the suburbs and your safe little offices -- and interact with rough and tumble world of Washington, DC. You are strategically located in the nation's capital for a reason. The White House is actually 4 blocks away. Really..it is. Embrace the most powerful city in the world that surrounds you. Build business because of it. Once you rediscover what your are no longer in Kansas but in Washington, DC, you'll also realize it's no longer 1998 -- the year when you last ventured beyond L Street with a new idea or sense of curiosity. Heh...did you hear the nation has an African American president now? It may be a good time to dust off that "how do we pretend to be diverse overnight" memo.

    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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    Great people - very corporate culture.

    Intern (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsWonderful people to work with. The CEO Dave Senay is a wonderful man. The business is on a great track and has positioned itself to do well in the future.

    ConsI found the culture to be too corporate for me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou're doing great!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm 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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