FleishmanHillard

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FleishmanHillard Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
196 Reviews
3.3
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FleishmanHillard President and CEO Dave Senay
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Review Highlights

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

  • Great people with a friendly atmosphere (in 10 reviews)


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

  • Long hours are normal as in all PR jobs, but unequivocally expected by management (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Do everything you can to get in, but do everything you can to get out.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Design Intern in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    I learned more in one semester of interning there than I did all 4-5 years in college. It is the testing and proving grounds. Great resume builder. Future interviewer always asked "whoa, you interned there for 2 years?" because everyone know how tough and demanding the job was.

    Cons

    Everyone's so busy, you're left to fend for yourself. Don't make evening plans because you'll usually have to stay late. Some of the projects were tedious and worthless in your portfolio. You have to be proactive if you want to do portfolio level work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time to build and foster young talent. You never now how many lives your be changing and inspiring.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Work / Life

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for, many opportunities.

    Cons

    The con that comes to mind will have to be it's challenging to satisfy your client base

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall, good for a PR agency

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive

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

    Pros

    High-profile clients, never a dull moment. Lots of variety in terms of verticals/industries supported

    Cons

    Long hours expected with low pay, not very cutting edge when it comes to digital programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to do everything, and focus on the core competencies of FH--media and media relations. There are so many other agencies doing better, more exciting work in digital. FH just doesn't have the chops. Consider acquiring or partnering with a pure-play digital agency if you want to offer those services to clients.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome work place!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The best workplace, colleagues and environment

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say about the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A few more perks would be great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Internship experience

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good exposure to the PR industry. F/H has many high profile clients, get to work in many aspects of the industry. It is a good internship to have on your resume, and does offer some possibility of a permanent position.

    Cons

    Low pay, sometimes doing grunt work. The hours can be long, and overtime pay must be approved before it is ever paid. Culture can be clickish, but that can happened in any office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with interns about hiring possibilities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great to start your career

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, work on a variety of high profile clients. Learn all aspects of the business, while working with some of the best. Sets you up for a great future in PR.

    Cons

    Long-hours, less than average compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Internship Program

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The internship program is excellent.

    Cons

    FH is a demanding workplace-but that is just in general for PR.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Used to be the best agency...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard full-time

    Pros

    Excellent clients and global opportunities. Really smart colleagues who are always willing to help with client needs. Highly ethical agency.

    Cons

    Not the agency it used to be. Focus now is on lots of junior staff with little experience. Getting away from agency core focus areas to chase the next big thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Does great work externally, but internal communications and corporate culture needs a great deal of improvement.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    If you are proactive, you get good access to lower level client work: research, media lists, pitching, etc.
    A good name on your resume, but they do not give recommendations

    Cons

    Cons apply to solely New York office
    Can be clique-y and political if you don't have a certain personality
    There is not enough training, support, or feedback for lower level employees
    Employees at all levels are stretched too thin and as a result do not have the time, patience, etc. to offer proper directions and feedback
    Lack of transparency of hiring practices
    Bad work life-balance
    Lack of camaraderie or communication between practice/industry groups
    Promote collaboration, but individuals do not foster environment for collaboration
    Overworked and under paid
    Bad retention rate due to lack of positive company culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management in the New York office needs to do more to support cross communication and positive relationships between practice groups.
    Also needs to invest more time, resources, and feedback in lower level employees to improve retention
    It is difficult to care about a company that treats its lower level employees as completely disposable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, not a healthy work environment.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Creative Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Creative Intern in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Got to work on some big name clients. Having this company on your resume is said to be advantageous if you're in the PR world.

    There were some perks. Free coffee everyday. Fresh fruit provided one day of the week and a snack another day. Since it was Fall, we had Halloween and Christmas parties and a choice of a free turkey or cheesecake on Thanksgiving.

    Cons

    The Creative floor:
    Although people on the creative floor were generally easy to get along with and helpful, I was constantly talked down to by a creative director. Many people were unhappy due to politics on this floor. The interns were grouped into separate "Portfolio Groups" and these groups were not organized well. Some interns had a lot of work and didn't have any free time whereas others had no work given to them for long periods of time (sometimes even for days on end). Work given to creative directors also seemed inconsistent, some were busy most of the time whereas others had ample time for socialization.

    FH Saint Louis in general:
    Hierarchy seems to take a lot of precedence at FH, and some employees in upper positions were visibly rude. It was a bit like high school all over again where you had to be nice to your bullies if you wanted to fit in. I also noticed a lack of diversity which was surprising considering it's in Saint Louis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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