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FleishmanHillard Reviews

Updated October 17, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great finance internship program where you will definitely learn a lot" (in 20 reviews)

  • "Smart, talented coworkers and big-name clients" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance can be improved" (in 49 reviews)

  • "Long hours low pay little advancement" (in 47 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "One of the best PR Firms..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, diversity of clients, dynamic teams, strong leadership, change-making -- inspirational general manager. There are many opportunities to shine and lead at the senior level. From the interns to the senior managers, everyone is expected to perform at their best, and it shows in the client relationships and continuing success.

    Cons

    There are not many cons, this company is running on the proper course as one of the best in the world.

    One con, meetings are a part of life, and if there are going to be a surplus of meetings, they need to be run efficiently. Going off topic, running over for an hour, and other annoyances involved in a meeting, do not make the meeting - but can make people dread meetings. The solution, be more aware of other people's time and try to stay on topic.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be transparent about the company and promote a culture of inclusion and creativity!

    FleishmanHillard Response

    Jul 13, 2018

    Thank you for taking the time to write a thoughtful review! We are continuing to work towards fostering a culture of inclusion and diversity at all levels, as we believe it is so important in... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. One of the best companies to work in the Saint Louis Area or any of their locations.

    Cons

    There are very few negative things to say about FleishmanHillard.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "FHNY"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to big brands, historic building, nice workspace with good food options, decent culture

    Cons

    Lots of two-faced people, inflated titles, low-level employees are an afterthought


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Little Room for Advancement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time

    Pros

    The free parking was nice.

    Cons

    High turnover and once you are hired into a department you are stuck there.


  5. "Graduate Fellowship"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time

    Pros

    Love it. Everyone was amazing. You got to work with other offices around the country. It was great.

    Cons

    I didnt really have any cons!


  6. "Truly special agency"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Focus on culture, opportunity to advance, world-class clients, emphasis on growth

    Cons

    Not a place for the uninspired.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the the emphasis on culture!


  7. Helpful (4)

    "SVP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time

    Pros

    Convenient downtown location. Central to Missouri and Illinois commuters.

    Cons

    Lacking in work/life balance especially in finance/accounting. No training program for new hires-sink or swim mentality. Most of the managers in charge of the accounting department do not possess the skills or abilities to manage people in a positive, constructive or encouraging manner. A lot of discontent.

    Advice to Management

    Starting at the top, do some soul searching about how you conduct yourselves. Begin valuing your staff and start treating them with respect, not just the favorites. Find a solution to the excessive hours and unrealistic demands. Intimidation, put-downs and yelling doesn’t work.

  8. "Assistant Account Executive"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -amazing network of colleagues across the globe
    -learning opportunities-constant webinars and trainings
    -getting to work with the best in the industry
    -exposure to high profile clients
    -opportunity for growth
    -flexible time off, ability to work from home
    -competitive pay compared to most agencies

    Cons

    -employee morale could be higher
    -like most agencies, there will be long days

    Advice to Management

    I understand the client comes first because we’re a business, but putting employees first and building company morale will help decrease turnover. Quality and performance will naturally follow if employees are put first.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Accounting/finance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard full-time

    Pros

    Pay is ok and there are free snacks. Probably ok for a PR professional but not for accounting/finance.

    Cons

    Not great. Don’t recommend whatsoever to anyone who wants to do anything more than earn a paycheck. Hours and responsibilities are incredibly unpredictable... could have nothing to do for several days and then get stuck working until 8 pm on a Friday. I think the general expectation is to work much more than 8:30-5, which are the normal office hours.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "FH offers great client experience - but don't stay long. This agency will not invest in you."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    FH offers the opportunity to work with big name, high-profile clients. The agency has the resources to do big things. The junior staff is fantastic - a very smart, very fun group with high potential.

    Cons

    FHSF's leadership is not transparent, and the people who work the longest and hardest (often the junior and mid-level staff) are made to feel small by the agency's senior leadership. The agency invests very little in its people, despite lip service to the contrary - from a skills development perspective, and from a financial perspective. Junior staff are trained by other junior staff because there is tremendous pressure for all staff below the SVP level to be highly billable, and SVPs are off looking for new business and most are either detached/not heavily involved with the day-to-day account work. The end result of this is that junior staff do not have great development opportunities (they are involved in tactical work, primarily, because very few FHers at senior levels take the time to teach them to perform at a higher level), and mid-level staff are stretched too thin because they are expected to heavily edit the work done by junior staff in order to make entry-level work worth the high price tag charged to clients. Work-life balance for mid-level staff is not sustainable, given the pressure to be available and respond in real-time to clients and the FH junior team members at all hours of the day. The senior staff at this agency is very arrogant, and they seem blind to the pressures put on mid-level staff, even when it is brought to their attention. The good old boys network is also alive and well at the SF office.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to how you treat your junior and mid-level staff. People are leaving because they don't feel valued or challenged in a constructive way, and this starts with leadership.

    Favoritism is toxic. The way this agency not only empowers - but favors - mid-level leaders who are known bullies needs to be looked at closely. This sends a clear message to junior staff about the reality that a FHer's billability is more important than the way they behave and treat other team members.

    Junior staff are asking for more development opportunities, and this needs to happen outside of the annual performance review cycle.

    The health benefit options offered here are very poor. This may be fine for people in their early 20s, but it's very expensive for anyone who has health needs beyond the most basic offerings.


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