FleishmanHillard Reviews

Updated August 16, 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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    • Senior Management
    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. Junior level opportunities

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  3. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Great spot

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Incredible network, antiquated business model

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FleishmanHillard (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are the most important benefit to working at FH. They are truly brilliant, dedicated and fascinating. I learned so much from them but more importantly I made lifelong friends and true career connections. Since leaving I've stayed in touch with dozens of people from several offices including overseas. It's a truly global agency and I think houses some of the best minds and hearts in the business. A great place to grow a career.

    Cons

    Compensation is dismal. I didn't really truly grasp this as I'm such a loyal employee until after years of working at the company I entertained a few recruiters who had approached me and learned I was making almost half what my peers were. And I was a top performer so I should have been making more than twice what I was making. Not a place to get wealthy.

    Advice to Management

    Give bonuses for billability and employer management to allocate billability based on performance and results, not just hours logged in a desk.


  7. Intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FleishmanHillard as an intern

    Pros

    Good growth opportunity Learnings are incredible Opportunity to work with leading brands around the world Great management, mentorship and guidance

    Cons

    Bad Salary No Bonuses Employees are sometimes hostile and unfriendly Expected to do a lot, in little time for little money

    Advice to Management

    Be nicer to interns and find a way to include them in practice groups to make them feel comfortable around the office


  8. Intern Review

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of exposure to clients

    Cons

    Not always guaranteed a position after interning


  9. Helpful (1)

    Smart people, pressured environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Talented and professional colleagues, a variety of big and small clients, great international network.

    Cons

    Many boring projects, junior staff are treated like they're anonymous, extreme pressure to bill, pay is a bit low.


  10. Lots of hard work but a lots of learning

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at FleishmanHillard as an intern

    Pros

    -lots to learn -helpful fellow employees

    Cons

    cliquey, you have to work to get in.


  11. Helpful (2)

    senior leader

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time

    Pros

    Great collaboration throughout. Some of the smartest people work at FH in every department. I learned a lot from them.

    Cons

    There were times it felt like the organization was too focused on being the biggest instead of being the best. Quality is critical.

    Advice to Management

    Be TRUE to employees as well as clients. Focus on maintaining the culture the firm was built on. It's what attracts and retains employees.



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