FleishmanHillard Reviews

Updated August 26, 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 (4)

    State of Change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you're lucky to get a manager who cares about you, working at Fleishman is better and you can stay in your bubble.

    Cons

    It's not clear where the office is going, lots of instability, tons of staff departures, team leads are allowed to take on too much, thus making accounts suffer, the divisions that need to hire people are not allowed to, but divisions that are favorited by management get tons of hires.


  2. Mediocre performance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent experience, committed team, knowledgeable about their specialization, professional, hardworking, organized even if in silos, generous pay

    Cons

    It can be difficult to work with all the egos, high pressure can stagnate the creative thinking process and the ability to innovate on behalf of client strategy and approach. Lots of fear based behavior and this actually stymied the project.

    Advice to Management

    Identify and hire a professional sales staff and trust them to approach new clients with the appropriate level of pitch, consultative sales processes are nothing to be afraid of and will be required to continue building the sales funnel


  3. Sr. Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Rahway, NJ
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Rahway, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very busy, exciting work environment. Many diverse and interesting clients such as AARP, Smithsonian Institute, Library of Congress, etc. Also, many exciting events such as the National Book Festival.

    Cons

    Sometimes so busy forgot to eat. Also, people hired and promoted not necessarily on basis of qualifications. Too many office politics.

    Advice to Management

    Be kind to the people who help keep you where your are.


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  5. Helpful (1)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time

    Pros

    there are some good reasons to be at FH including the people and the pay and the kind of work you get to do.

    Cons

    like all of these big firms, there is a lot of bureaucracy and not everyone there is great to work with . you just have to deal with it


  6. Helpful (3)

    FH is THE place to grow professionally, mentors abound, but it's up to you.

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in West Covina, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in West Covina, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best in the industry are down the hall or am IM away. Great for the self motivated. Teams produce award-winning, genuinely great work. Cross-Omnicom opportunities abound. Access to all agencies. Constant prof dev opportunities. Exposure to the best clients at all levels. Creative, integrated thinking pervades most teams. The highest client service levels in the industry. Look at industry CCOs and industry heavy-weights. They've all spent time here. What you will get is a graduate education in the best comma work and access to the most quality network of talent in the business. You will learn strategy, counsel, client service at a time when the industry is remaking itself. You will build your own personal brand and learn how to run teams. You will pitch with the best. Long hours with teams are usually on strategic work and you will earn respect. Senior talent listens to junior, global teams are real. So are the relationships. They will last your career, which is why there are so many "lifers". The network is real. For those wanting to learn and grow career long, this is the place. Money comes after proving yourself. See above with the "lifer" comment. People leave the firm and walk into top jobs. Culture in local offices is dictated by management. It's getting more active, lifestyle-y. More in line with ad-agency and corporate culture offerings. There are a super-high number of ex-interns at all levels, including senior management.

    Cons

    Slackers are not welcome. This ain't Google. If you are expecting chefs, table tennis at work, this is not the place. Imperatives for success that are cons for many who are looking to show up and not have to work or do anything more than asked: You MUST raise your hand or you will fail here. You MUST ask for help. There is little hand holding. You MUST promote yourself, build your own brand. Note this is a humble company. Over-promoters will fail here too. You MUST know your place and adopt senior sponsors to succeed. You MUST care about yourself, but know the firm comes first. You will have to do work that is "beneath you". We all do it. There are a fair number of prima donnas - both practitioners and SMEs -who have not paid enough dues. Many of them have posted on Glass Door. Look around. Those who matter are "all in." Teams are not forgiving of people who are not "all in". Operations are ethical, but also old-school. There are some who coast at FH. They show themselves early and you can work around them. Those who have the least to do mean that they are not opting in on the imperatives noted above. They will not last. FH is not a place to hide.

    Advice to Management

    Present the best in the firm with more diversity across the teams. Industry trades images don't reflect the culture accurately. Illustrate the succession plan and the long term vision. Women have many senior roles, but are not perceived as influencing the firm's direction. Change that. Now. Promote counsellors under 10 or 5 years tenure. Clients want to see their account leaders in positions of consequence and partner with the best. Appreciate the best team even more with professional development and access to talent outside of local office. Invest: Send the team at all levels into other offices and partner agencies to learn and grow. The investment will pay off in loyalty and long term business.


  7. Junior level opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive/Senior Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive/Senior Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Opportunity for advancement - Flexibility with working remotely - Vast network resources available - Client-facing opportunities (even at junior level) - Decent compensation

    Cons

    - Once per year reviews (for titles, salary, etc.) - Stressful and long hours (typical PR, I suppose) - Lack of senior oversight for junior level

    Advice to Management

    - Consider reviewing employees more than once per year.


  8. Helpful (1)

    FleishmanHillard

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    Current Employee - Coordinator Office Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Coordinator Office Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard (More than a year)

    Pros

    Uplifting company that teaches, strengthens and empowers their employers, especially women in the company.

    Cons

    Compensation doesn't align with duties.

    Advice to Management

    Give bonuses and raises first year.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Awful - demoralizing place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well regarded reputation within the global PR space, and junior staff that sticks together and supports each other - that is literally it.

    Cons

    No transparency - management doesn't care about you, they only care about money in their pockets. Promote people who are utterly awful, horrible communicators only because they kiss up. People in the NYC office are genuinely miserable, and complain among one another about everything. Senior management talks bad about clients.

    Advice to Management

    You need to learn to value true, great talent. Pay more attention to mid-levels who treat their juniors poorly - and closely examine some group leads: most do not bond with or nourish relationships with team members.


  10. Great spot

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great spot if you're able to get an interview. Great networking connections. Will be given work if you ask for it. It's really what you make of the experience.

    Cons

    Hard to get in touch with upper staff members. Administrative duties will be given unless you ask for more. Typical intern duties - stuffing envelopes, packaging, mailing, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Make more time for interns. Set goals at the beginning.


  11. Helpful (1)

    A really great place to work, learn and grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Super smart people, energetic, great atmosphere and culture. People genuinely like each other here. Expectations are high, even at the most junior levels, but that's what makes it a great place to learn and grow. People are generous with their time and advice, and encourage you to ask questions and to volunteer for stretch assignments. Pay is sometimes viewed as low, but has gotten better and it seems people are really rewarded for their personal contributions. Creative and social teams are great partners to the account teams.

    Cons

    It's agency life--hours can be long, clients can be difficult, pay can always be better. Communication from "the mothership" in St Louis is often lacking, as is the Talent Development function in general. They need to offer more internal training opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Let the non-HQ offices do what they do best. Don't try to get them to do things the "St. Louis" way; that often doesn't work well outside of St. Louis. Communicate more often and more transparently; often we learn things about our own company first from Google alerts or PR Week Breaking News.



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