FleishmanHillard

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FleishmanHillard Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
208 Reviews
3.3
208 Reviews
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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.  

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

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    Former Employee - Military Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Military Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great learning opportunity and a nice work schedule.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great reputation.

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

    NHQ is disconnected and DC office is hemorrhaging employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Heading down a steep slope...

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not much work but great people

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

    I worked at FleishmanHillard as an intern (less than an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A+ Experience, Would Work Again

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time

    Pros

    Great people, supportive environment, growth opportunities

    Cons

    Staffing challenges sometimes create work-life balance issues

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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 (less than an 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
  8. 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 (less than an 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
  9.  

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

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    The Land of Oz

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A brilliant staff - 95% of whom are the best and the brightest in communications but are not allowed by management to know that, think that, feel that, or ever believe it.

    Cons

    FH-DC. Frozen in time. A relic of a bygone era.
    A PR principality -- a Bermuda Triangle Kingdom - ruled and carefully controlled by a core group of lifers who will do it whatever it takes to ensure new blood, fresh thinking and an entrepreneurial spirit never get in the way of their entitled way of life and a Downtown Abbey approach to management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the Bermuda Triangle -- the suburbs and your safe little offices -- and interact with rough and tumble world of Washington, DC. You are strategically located in the nation's capital for a reason. The White House is actually 4 blocks away. Really..it is. Embrace the most powerful city in the world that surrounds you. Build business because of it. Once you rediscover what your are no longer in Kansas but in Washington, DC, you'll also realize it's no longer 1998 -- the year when you last ventured beyond L Street with a new idea or sense of curiosity. Heh...did you hear the nation has an African American president now? It may be a good time to dust off that "how do we pretend to be diverse overnight" memo.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people - very corporate culture.

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

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people to work with. The CEO Dave Senay is a wonderful man. The business is on a great track and has positioned itself to do well in the future.

    Cons

    I found the culture to be too corporate for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're doing great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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