FleishmanHillard Reviews

Updated March 28, 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. Change is a constant, mostly positive

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The culture is definitely entreprenurial. There are lots of smart people, and a diverse client base. If you are bored, you probably aren't looking hard enough for opportunities.

    Cons

    Like any agency, FH struggles with typically issues like turnover, pricing models, and challenges to work/life balance. But the grass isn't always greener on the client side.

    Advice to Management

    It's clear that the parent company pressures do not always lead to the best decisions, but too much short term thinking can take everyone down the wrong long term road


  2. DC Office: Strong leadership, leaner and meaner than before

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Design Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Design Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at FleishmanHillard as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Leadership has done a good job of cutting excess, before it was very top heavy. Investing in a new renovation and new talent. People who work there are great.

    Cons

    Sometimes clients aren't the most exciting

    Advice to Management

    Continue reforming and it will pay dividends.


  3. Military Consultant as an Army Officer in the Army's Traiuning with Industry Program

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Military Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Military Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning opportunity and a nice work schedule.

    Cons

    Long commute between Quantico and the Fleishman Hillard Washington DC downtown office.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great reputation.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    NHQ is disconnected and DC office is hemorrhaging employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The only thing that's kept me coming back as long as I have are the people I work with on a day to day basis -- but even most of these people are gone now.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Terrible compensation -- company promotes time and again without giving raises to accurately reflect employee achievements (but of course they charge clients more for your services with each promotion, and put more responsibility and expectations on you). New, less experienced employees are hired for a higher salary than more experienced employees with significant tenure -- basically, dedicated employees that stay at the company get the shaft when it comes to salary -- an SVP should NOT be making less than a Managing Supervisor!

    Advice to Management

    What management? With the very recent dismissal of the GM and head of finance, the last of the long-standing senior management has been wiped out. Several senior/c-level executives have been forced to resign over the past 1+ year, and there's been a flood of Partners and SVPs running for the door over the past year as well. What management is left is closeted and secretive.

    NHQ doesn't know and doesn't care about the office or the employees, they only care about their profits.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Heading down a steep slope...

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

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Part of the Omnicom familiy with a broad global network.

    Cons

    The firm lacks strong and talented management. Performance is measured merely by billable hours vs. experience, knowledge, quality service, client relationship management and business development outcomes, which is reflected in the lack of qualified and talented management. Petty and frustrating internal and interoffice politics As a result, the firm keeps loosing great talent and clients. Poor HR, you only see them around when they are about to let go someone. It is challenging to remain hopeful in such circumstances.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership at HQ and regional levels need to step outside of the unrealistic bubble they live in, and seek innovative and effective ways to re-introduce services, otherwise be ready to say bye-bye in the PR sphere.


  7. Not much work but great people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Public Relations Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Public Relations Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at FleishmanHillard as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I had the internship with no intention of entering the field of public relations so it ended up being a good thing that I literally never had to do anything

    Cons

    The pay is terrible. It was 10 dollars an hour living in a very expensive city as a college student.


  8. A+ Experience, Would Work Again

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, supportive environment, growth opportunities

    Cons

    Staffing challenges sometimes create work-life balance issues


  9. Left a bad taste

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at FleishmanHillard as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    Take a greater interest in interns and their career development


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great working experience with nice people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PR Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - PR Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well-organized system for interns to learn

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Everything is great


  11. One of the better big PR firms in terms of collaboration, but interoffice politics is frustrating

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good international footprint, some good big anchor brands, less competitive internally and more collaborative (but this can depend on which office you work in).

    Cons

    Knowledge sharing is haphazard, some senior consultants are only there because they have worked in the company for 20 years, interoffice politics, poor HR/career development

    Advice to Management

    Improve OD and career development programs, improve inter-office coordination and collaboration



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