FleishmanHillard Reviews

Updated June 17, 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 (1)

    Happy with my experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Junior level staff is overworked and underpaid


  2. Helpful (1)

    Big agency — and all the good and bad that comes with it

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They're one of the "800 pound gorillas" in the field, so you're working for a powerhouse.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is a little spotty, and the relentless emphasis on "billable hours" means they have no problem letting people go at the drop of a hat.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees, and think of them as a long-term investment rather than taking a "how many billable hours did they generate this month? OK, let's let them go if that number doesn't change next month" mindset.


  3. Helpful (1)

    FH

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Team orientation. Strong brand. Well known clients with interesting and challenging assignments.

    Cons

    Large and easy to get lost inside


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard full-time (More than a 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 Management

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


  6. Helpful (2)

    A big shop where people come and go

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Far from what I expected

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Unmatched expertise.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. A good experience overall

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    A great experience but a lot of sacrifice

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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