FleishmanHillard

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FleishmanHillard Reviews in San Francisco, CA

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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Happy with my experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Working with the smartest people in the business. On large and exciting accounts,=.

    Cons

    Junior level staff is overworked and underpaid

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good place, Good people...BUT it's an agency through and through

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The President of the SF office is a great leader and great guy. i think the SF offices has one of the best cultures
    -Advancement is attainable depending on what side of the business you are on
    -Competitive salary
    -Most of the Partners are pretty great

    Cons

    It's very "AGENCY" i.e. a respectable turn-over rate, some corporate "go-getters" that clearly only care about their advancement, sometimes very frigid attitude for organizational change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work towards implementing changes based on honest employee feedback from the ground up; it will improve efficiency and effectiveness of collaborative teams

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    A big shop where people come and go

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at FleishmanHillard

    Pros

    Knowledgeable staff; great exposure to big clients that have the bucks to come through the door; different opportunities that one wouldn’t find at a smaller firm.

    Cons

    No real emphasis on development among the staff; very little if any collaboration between offices around the country especially when sharing talents of people; it’s all about the bottom line vs. using resources; jobs will be terminated well before any efforts are made to retain staff in lean times; high billing rates for too-heavy senior staff on teams depletes budgets faster than you can say bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't think management really cares about it's staff as they've let go of far too many talented people instead of trying to keep them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Far from what I expected

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard

    Pros

    The company has a fantastic reputation; experience here will enhance your resume. Attractive office. Free soda and snacks. Opportunity to deal with major companies. Good hours, too (from about 8 a.m. yo 5 p.m.) Everyone who works here takes what they do very seriously -- they're passion about their jobs and, no doubt, good at them.

    Cons

    Interns treated very poorly. No guidance, training or explanation. Expected to know how to use complex in-house systems and programs that you have never used before. On my first day, I was scheduled to meet one-on-one with several account execs, and half blew off our meetings. Very cold, impersonal feeling to the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    FH may be a phenomenal place to work for most employees, but the intern program needs some improvement. Training, guidance, development -- even just a cordial relationship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Unmatched expertise.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard

    Pros

    The network of experts in F-H is outstanding. Even as a senior counselor, I am still always learning and growing through professionals that have unmatched industry experience. You have to work hard to build your own network here, but once you do, you find the most incredible resources that have seen and done it all. Even better, the high-level of ethical standards at the firm means that the advice you will get for your client from your colleagues is always in their best interest, making you feel confident in your counsel. This expertise rolls down to the Jr. staff who are second to none on quality of work.

    Cons

    Because of the size of the network, you have to work hard on making your own personal connections. You will not be handed a cushy role, you must take responsibility for your own career and seek out ways to get involved and build your own connections.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always look for the big picture. F-H's differentiation is in its global collaboration of experts. Be sure to foster that through goals and requirements of Senior Management.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A good experience overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at FleishmanHillard

    Pros

    Fleishman-Hillard is an international network of smart, strategic PR professionals who are committed to teamwork across offices and geographic region. You can tap into the thinking, insight and industry knowledge of colleagues at any time, allowing you to provide much stronger advice to your clients than if you were working at just a small PR agency. And you can learn from wonderful mentors.
    You also get the opportunity to work on big brand companies and large accounts.

    Cons

    Not always at the forefront of new communications opportunities. Sometimes felt old school.
    Hours are long. SF office was particularly recognized as working longer hours than some of the other offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that if you drive people too hard for too long, they either burn out or leave to thrive elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great experience but a lot of sacrifice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at FleishmanHillard

    Pros

    The high-quality and well-organized internship program provides a solid foundation for a career in public relations. Interns are given a number of tasks and held to high expectations, two things that make this program such a beneficial learning experience and great preparation for this fast-paced industry.

    Cons

    Probably the most difficult thing to come to terms with is that interns are expected to work full-time for five months with no health or medical benefits and no guarantee of a job at the end of the internship period. Personal commitment is an important part of Fleishman's philosophy but I think that is a lot to ask.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management does a good job in the office but one improvement could be to make themselves available to interns to sit down and discuss the intern's career path and advice. I'd appreciate the insight of a higher-level executive and hear about their experiences in the agency and the industry.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to learn and get experience up to a certain level

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at FleishmanHillard

    Pros

    Smart talented people who are very helpful, with deep experience. All the upsides of a network.

    Cons

    St Louis based value system. White male 'good old boy' behavior. Limited opportunities for advancement for women. Merit system not communicated well. Inability to retain highly talented individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accept the problems of the big agency model and fix them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Agency, But SF Office Going Through Real Growing Pains

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard

    Pros

    Reputation within the communications industry
    Top-notch clients - the experience you can get here is unrivaled

    Cons

    Take employees for granted and current senior management of SF office doesn't support work-life balance, except for a seldom few employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SF office needs strong leadership to guide the team through transition

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

    Good Old Boy Network Alive and Well at St. Louise-based Fleishman-Hillard

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard

    Pros

    As part of a large global agency, there are some amazing and creative minds that are afforded to anyone in the network. The brainstorming and knowledge sharing can be extremely helpful and motivating if you learn how to tap into the expertise. Fleishman-Hillard is part of Omnicom and allegiance with its sister companies can lead to some exciting and innovative projects, but these operations are generally treated as the separate nations. Within the industry, there's value in working for Fleishman-Hillard as one of the BIG agencies beacuse it shows you can navigate global bureacracy and manage operating costs.

    Cons

    For someone just starting out in their career, Fleishman-Hillard is a great learning ground that provides the opportunity to work on marquee brands, but the experience can quickly become a challeneg to balance work and life. Like with any large agency, billable hours and operating margins reign and are often more important than quality work. Turnover is extremely high throughout the company, but particlarly so in San Francisco where most of the "A" team senior management has moved on to other agencies or in-house roles. A great mentor can make all the difference in the world so if you go in, quickly find someone who knows the FH ropes but hasn't been there too long. Fleishman suffers from "parking lot" syndrome. I was amazed at how many senior VPs and partners had very little in-house, real-world experience. Anyone who has ever run an in-house communications group knows how hard it is to deal with senior staff at agencies who have no clue what daily life on the inside is like. I was constantly amazed at the rate charged to clients ($350-450/hr+++) for mid-level, mediocre minds. If you go in, go with your eyes wide open but if you ahve a choice between FH or other large firm and a smaller, boutique...go smaller. Quality of experience and benefits are generally better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Abandon the Midwest good ole' boy attitude. It's 2008 and if you don't start treating your employees of all levels, gender and orientation with due respect, you will fall further behind the competition. When you make bad decisions -- like the new GM in San Francisco -- correct them quickly to preserve confidence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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