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Pros
  • Great people, working environment and an amazing place to grow (in 24 reviews)

  • Get to work with big-name clients in both the private and public sector (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be a challenge if you don't manage it well (in 41 reviews)

  • long hours but that's standard in PR (in 36 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - PR Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - PR Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work at, management has definitely been improving in recent years since the current leaders have taken over, overall friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Salary is nothing to write home about (as for any PR firm I imagine).

    Advice to Management

    Continue the progress! I had such an amazing experience here, continue to give other interns the same positive opportunity that I was given.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "In transition"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of emphasis on building a culture
    Great management at GM level
    Strong momentum
    Recently introduced attractive overtime and vacation policies

    Cons

    Lots of change
    Senior management heavy
    Long promotion/raise cycle
    Not enough middle management

    Advice to Management

    Consider a shorter promotion/raise cycle for mid-junior level employees. Currently, there is one opportunity for promotions and raises a year. Missing a raise because of poor business performance at a group level, (a result of senior management) can put FH mid-junior level employees at a large disadvantage in comparison to PR pros at other agencies.

  3. "A great place to learn, but very corporate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, talented coworkers and big-name clients

    Cons

    Very corporate (which works for some, but not for me); located on 42nd street (in the middle of everything)


  4. "Still lot of changes to come"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New CEO and leadership are making a lot of efforts to improve overall company culture and business goals

    Cons

    Groups and managers lack structure and organization. Junior people are often overlooked and not given opportunities for growth. Junior people are also overworked and under compensated.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who are actually creative and not just workhorses


  5. "PR Leader in Transition"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global clients, interesting projects, good training.

    Cons

    Poor senior leadership. Too much emphasis on chasing new business, not enough focus on keeping it.


  6. "Will invest and grow your career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Focus on the people. The company provides guidance and leeway to develop your own career. There is a big focus on training and understanding how the latest evolution in social / digital and how it impacts our clients

    Cons

    Focus on financial and salary

    Advice to Management

    Be more competitive in pay. It's common practice for employees to get other job offers to force a raise (via counter offer).


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Coordinator in New York, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is definitely competitive. They have some really excellent clients. Definitely a lot of great talent working at the firm.

    Cons

    Most of the VP's have been there for a long time and do not have a current understanding of the digital age. Quick turn around of employees.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Leader in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Leader in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Experience with top notch clients, great resources as an agency, hard working people

    Cons

    Catty company culture, unfriendly and cold people at all levels, lack of respect for personal life, lazy senior leadership puts work on junior staff

    Advice to Management

    Stop sitting around badmouthing junior staff and point finger within to see how you can role model better behaviors and work ethic


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Fend for yourself."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good roster of clients with interesting projects. Good team of peers.

    Cons

    Challenging environment if you haven't worked at a PR agency in the past. Middle managers don't have your back.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your teams and empower them to do their best work. Spend time to set them up for success.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "What's great also makes it bad"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Encourages thinking of new initiatives to try things out, and there's lots of internal training to help acquire new skills.
    Depending on client, there are opportunities to prove yourself by taking on work that's above your stated level.

    Cons

    Management can be very lax, so the previously mentioned pros can quickly turn into cons

    Hardly any attempts are made at retention, so if you get a better offer somewhere else, just put in your notice and move on because they won't do much to convince you to stay.

    Compensation is below industry averages, despite being such a large company. There's also no bonuses -- you better be happy with the occasional free slice of pizza and beer.

    It's very difficult to get on the more exciting accounts or collaborate with other practices/offices because despite being a global network, people are very territorial and try to do everything themselves. Managers think we're integrated, but the reality is everyone tries to establish their own little fiefdom that only a small set of people can enter.

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive in fostering an environment where people want to stay around. Yes, that includes bumps in salary, but more importantly, establish a clear path people can follow so they know what to do to improve and how they increase their chance to deserve promotions and raises.


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