FleishmanHillard

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FleishmanHillard Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
209 Reviews
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FleishmanHillard President and CEO Dave Senay
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Nice company - but filled with too many lazy, expensive SVPs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard

    Pros

    Great people with lots of expertise. Energetic and accessible management.

    Cons

    Definitely upper-level heavy, and a lot of that dead weight does not contribute to the company. These VPs and SVPs freely take days off, get tons of vacation and abuse the "working from home" system while costing clients tons of money and doing very little work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut some of the SVP dead weight, save money and pay your lower level staff more money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great opportunities in the Dallas office

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    The work environment on the digital side in Dallas is built to foster great relationships with colleagues and clients. The clients are amazing and continue to grow. On top of that you really have opportunity to create a space for yourself without someone telling you that what you want to do is not your job.

    Cons

    Because it's such a open work environment, sometimes it can be a bit chaotic and unstructured.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Full access and support from leaders during interview process with far less once hired.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FleishmanHillard

    Pros

    Strong client base with a mix of good brands. If you get on the right team, you will hopefully have the chance to grow and contribute. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Absentee leadership, nearly impossible to have work/life balance, very little connection between offices/teams even when sharing an account.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Provincial and struggling for an identity

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    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
  6.  

    FH is the best full service communications agency in the world.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great accounts, great people, great benefits, fair compensation. Training was great, compared to other jobs I've had. I learned more from some of my former bosses there than I could ever thank them for.

    Cons

    Promotions and titling are very rigorously reviewed, and it is easy to think of people who were unfairly promoted. And it's very hard to get direct reports assigned to yourself to grow your own management experience since some senior level managers horde direct reports to bulk up their own, on paper responsibilities, with little regard for their direct reports needs. Not a deal breaker, just being honest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder on retaining younger talent that's actually qualified, not just those who are better at self promoting than doing the actual billable work that helps FH grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

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

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    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    FH is not terrible, but not great either.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FleishmanHillard (less than an year)

    Pros

    - excellent name to have on your resume. this is probably the primary if not the only reason to be here.
    - you will learn from and with the best of the best, for the most part.
    - good client list.
    - if you're on a good team, you'll have a good, maybe even great professional experience.
    - Dave Senay is great. and the company is as ethically strong as they come.
    - there are some really great people at FH.

    Cons

    - individual offices can be hit or miss in terms of office culture. the most culture there will ever be is whatever the team culture is. your experience is pretty much determined by your team, but that's true of any job.
    - if you're a young person early in your career, listen up: your ability to turn an internship, GDP position, or Fellowship into an actual job, or to be promoted overall, has a lot more to do with your ability to self-promote within the company than it does your actual work performance. can't stress this enough.
    - favoritism is the name of the game. if the right person likes you, you're golden.
    - diversity poor (in terms of ethnic/racial, and in terms of thinking).
    - don't buy into the 'lifers' who have stayed since their first job out of college and haven't worked elsewhere. they give the worst career advice and defend the company ad nauseam, because they don't know any better.
    - don't think a good review or evaluation means anything-- it really doesn't. you are seen as expendable, regardless of years, dedication, commitment, ability, and time. no one will hesitate to fire you at any time for any reason. don't get attached.
    - long hours are industry standard but are expected without question at a junior level.
    - if you're on a difficult team, you're pretty much going to be miserable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - talent *development* is an action, not just a title. you have to actually want to retain and develop your junior talent.
    - self promotion shouldn't be what determines people staying at your company.
    - keeping smart, hardworking, passionate talent happy will make staying in the black less of a struggle and should be a priority. invest in your people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Ehhh

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FleishmanHillard as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very Cool location downtown some good perks

    Cons

    no work and home life balance

  10.  

    DC office is in crisis

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time

    Pros

    Good downtown DC location, but that's about it.

    Cons

    Unimaginative corporate leadership. Used to have a great culture. Now the focus is on meeting unrealistic profit expectations by the parent company. Shareholder profits matter more than employees or good work. Dozens of good employees laid off in DC in the last year, and others read the writing on the wall and left. The people still there are doing three times more work with fewer resources while wondering if they'll be laid off next. It's a mess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate leadership needs to be overhauled. Go back to the company's roots and culture and stop chasing shareholder profits. Stop the favoritism and political backstabbing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Learn PR from industry's best

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ACCOUNT STAFF in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - ACCOUNT STAFF in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    friendly environment, work with Fortune 500 companies, opportunity to grow

    Cons

    Salary does not go up much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in retaining talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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