FleishmanHillard Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
183 Reviews

3.2
183 Reviews
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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 11 reviews)

  • Great people, supportive environment, growth opportunities (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Toxic work-life balance and yet managers are surprised when people quit (in 16 reviews)

  • Long hours are normal as in all PR jobs, but unequivocally expected by management (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Extensive education in PR, long hours, stingy with overtime

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at FleishmanHillard as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I learned a lot about all aspects of the industry while working there and the upper level executives were willing to meet with you.

    Cons

    I rarely was paid for overtime hours I worked and I worked late a lot. I was expected to work 40-50 hours a week, but only allowed to work 35 as an intern. I was often the first person to leave the office if I left at 6:30 or 7. There was rarely helpful feedback on projects or assignments and short, snappy responses to emails and requests were the norm. They offer internship extensions where you work another 4 months as an intern, but rarely hire anyone even after 8 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time to train the interns if you want something done a certain way. Do not offer overtime in the job description, but turn around and say never to go over the allocated hours. I was expected to work 40-50 hours a week, but only allowed to work 35 as an intern.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was the "Agency of the Decade" more than a decade ago!

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    Former Employee - Senior Partner  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Partner in New York, NY

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good place to start a career. After two-four years, switch to any one of the many better agencies or to the client side. Lots of interesting work behind the scenes for lesser paid junior staff but you'll need to move elsewhere to get credit and compensation equivalent to your competence.

    Cons

    Current senior management is weak and the much vaunted FH global network is a myth. It's still an old St Louis boys club that rewards slavish loyalty to St Louis execs and local GMs far more than quality work for clients. Late to digital and still searching for an identity. Rebranding to "Truth" campaign is more than a little ironic when the main goal set for every employee isn't providing clients with high value, it's to bill clients as much as possible to "make the numbers" for OMCs quarterly earnings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that clients, not Omnicom's share price, come first.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Experience at FleishmanHillard

    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of resources, somewhat flexible

    Cons

    Lots of people will inflated positions; lack of strategic thinking and leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always conduct employee reviews -- people don't just get promoted within feedback from all those they work with

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  5.  

    Collaborative and striving agency

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Culture of excellence where high achievement is expected and rewarded. -Many opportunities to learn from colleagues on the forefront of the industry. Management encourages entrepreneurial ventures such as developing a specific expertise that can move the agency forward. -Clients are loyal to the firm. -Frequently work across offices and disciplines which exposes you to many people, styles and expertise. Also allows you to meet nearly every client need. -Great, down-to-earth friendly people.

    Cons

    -Long hours are normal as in all PR jobs, but unequivocally expected by management.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Left a bad taste

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at FleishmanHillard as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great opportunity to gain hands on agency experience

    Cons

    Not clear about full time opportunities following the end of internship, interns rotate through the agency and have clear defined roles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a greater interest in interns and their career development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Supportive workplace, with strong leaders

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    FH managers take time to invest in the individual employee finding the right motivation to bring the best work out of everyone. Client relationships are strong and senior leads stay involved to keep and grown business.

    Cons

    High employee expectations. Bring it or go.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Internship pretty much required. Great opportunities in digital marketing

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    Current Employee - Digital Intern  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Digital Intern in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard as an intern

    Pros

    Great experience, lots of work if you're in the right department with the right people.

    Cons

    You sometimes get lost in it all. You really need to step up if you want to get noticed -- might be a con for some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to get more out of your interns. Some of them look like they have good ideas, but they just might be a scared to put their opinion out there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great working experience with nice people

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    Current Employee - PR Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - PR Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard for less than a year

    Pros

    Well-organized system for interns to learn

    Cons

    may not be able to get familiar with every group in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everything is great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Terrible work-life balance and total lack of employee engagement

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The salary wasn't too bad. The work location and office space was nice. The office outtings were somewhat fun, but rare.

    Cons

    If you want to have any semblance of a life outside of work, forget pursuing a job here. Young, unmarried post grads (mostly female sorority types) do well here because most of them don't have any other work experience to compare the unacceptable FH experience to, and they are happy to work 24/7 to get promoted. FH is also stuck in a traditional PR rut and rarely deviates from the old-fashioned way of doing things. So be prepared to go with the flow here and never truly feel like you're making an impact with the previous experiences you bring to the table.

    This company totally lacks diversity and intuitive senior management that understands the needs of its staff. Also, forget taking doctor-prescribed medical leave for any kind of health issue or much deserved vacation time off of work . You will either be fired or asked to work during your leave. It's all about the bottom line here. They don't particularly care about the health and wellness outlook of hard-working employees that make this the internationally successful company that it is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to re-organize your business priorities and put the needs of hard-working employees above all else. You need comprehensive employee engagement and wellness programs and you have to lead by example. Also, think about diversifying your staff, which has been proven time and time again to provide new perspectives and innovative business and communication strategies--something new clients are always looking for in a PR firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    True or False? False.

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    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smart, funny colleagues makes for a whimsical, free environment when there is good cash-flow. You get a lot of growth opportunities and autonomy at a young age, which is wonderful and rare. Client content is very diverse and cool. The highs are really high, with proud toasts on good client days and rebid renewals. I miss that part.

    Cons

    Highly unethical. The DC office reminds you, Dorothy, that you aren't in Kansas anymore. Their new brand is all about being "true" and authentic. "Thou doth protest too much." It's moralistic and ironic given that they have crudely pushed out some of the most honest, lovely, truthful and intelligent people employed there, while retaining and promoting a lot of snakes.

    I have been gone for awhile and have heard from others who have since left the serious falsities this office has permitted. This place has devastated the lives of fabulous employees and while this office has worked to realign itself, I would not go so far as to say they are about "truth." That makes me want to laugh, and cry, which i did a lot after I resigned. It "truly" hurt my life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quiet employees should not be marginalized. Find a creative space for them to do their thing and nurture them for the behind-the-scenes talent they bring to the table. Be truthful. Be honest and respectful of all your employees, even those who have different political leanings, are introverted, and perhaps too gentile for the Animal House. Those are quiet diamonds shimmering in the wings, and often some of your best assets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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