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FleishmanHillard Reviews

Updated June 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Get to work with big-name clients in both the private and public sector (in 12 reviews)

  • Great people, working environment and an amazing place to grow (in 23 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. "Finance/Accounting"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance/Accounting in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Finance/Accounting in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Skills learned were valuable and met/worked with some great people. In the beginning, was a great company to be a part of and proud of and one I'd recommend. From a PR perspective, probably a decent company to work for, but not for an accounting/finance professional.

    Cons

    Not a supportive, professional culture. Recognition and/or promotion/opportunity for employees was not a fair process but very subjective and at the whim of only a few managers discretion. Hours/responsibilities amongst the mid-level employees was off-balance and managers in many groups were definitely not team players. Certain managers took credit for things their team had done, leveraging to get ahead. HR was not a place to go for assistance/advice. There was no confidentiality whatsoever and in some cases nothing was done to provide useful solutions. Other things that should have occurred as a closed door communication were said out in the open (ie personnel issues, salary info, etc). At times, certain employees were allowed to act wholly unprofessionally and somewhat abusively, yelling, slamming doors and using inappropriate language. Dedicated long-term employees even found themselves leaving after multiple years of hard work and service without so much as a goodbye or thank you. Treatment of employees is very inconsistent, even down to the little things like saying hello. That goes a long way for a lot of people.

    Advice to Management

    My experience working with folks outside of the accounting group was quite positive. I was treated respectfully and as a valued team player. I learned from them and feel they learned from me. Advice would be to treat everyone equally and respectfully, and realize that everyone has something to offer, but it's the managers job to help shape, encourage, lead and be an example. Fitting people into the mold you've created is not as good as creating a new and better mold.


  2. "Inconsistent Feedback and Short Internship"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Graphic Design Intern in Sacramento, CA
    Former Intern - Graphic Design Intern in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Really friendly people, friendly workplace
    • Enjoyable work

    Cons

    • Inconsistent feedback: I was praised for my work most of the time I was there and then let go after two months. They cited my work abilities but it was the only time I received criticism in the entire time I was there

    • Internship was to last for 6 months but was ended after 2

    Advice to Management

    • Provide better and more honest feedback


  3. Helpful (11)

    "Great place to start, but not a great place to stay"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time

    Pros

    - Get to work with big-name clients in both the private and public sector
    - No one is micro-managed
    - Nice office space, good location
    - Get to work with people all over the world

    Cons

    - Upper management treats junior level employees like administrative assistants
    - Middle level employees are completely overworked, and most of senior management is inept
    - Massive amounts of people being fired and quitting in the past 6 months
    - Senior leadership only cares about the Public Affairs practice and turns a blind eye to everyone else
    - Terrible company culture and no incentives for employees to do well or enjoy their jobs
    - Promotions and bonuses are completely mismanaged
    - Terrible inter-company communication

    Advice to Management

    - Do your own printing, pick up your own lunch, schedule your own meetings, save your own documents - it's insulting to be asked to do something that you could easily do yourself
    - Stop treating junior level staff like your personal assistants - it prevents them from growing professionally, and they will all leave


  4. "In Agreement with Other Former FH Houston Interns"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    - Learned a ton
    - Got to work on variety of projects/clients
    - Strict rules really do build self discipline
    - High expectations make you better your work
    - Constructive feedback provided by others
    - Great office location
    - Free parking
    - Sometimes you get free lunch
    - Office manager is nice

    Cons

    - Constantly high stress environment, employees very often let their own stress negatively impact the way they communicate with others
    - Interns are talked down to and questioned constantly
    - No life work balance (prepare to work through lunch and not count your hours if you're an intern)
    - TERRIBLE EMPLOYEE RETENTION RATE (had three full time employees, out of roughly 12 in the office, leave within a three month period)
    - Awful company culture. People are stuck up, cold and selfish. No one talks and they will not include you if you are not in the "inner circle"
    - People are very judgmental and unless you fit in with their perfect "FH mold" you will be quickly outcasted - basically you have to forget work / life balance and just work (some people schedule meetings on Sundays)
    - Unrealistic expectations
    - INTERNS - You are expected to do 8-10 hours worth of work per day but only allowed to clock in for 7.5 (this applies to interns only, they say not to go overtime but you will need to and they will not compensate you for it)
    - They do not write recommendations
    - Cold work environment- no one laughs (maybe on Friday afternoons)
    - They only hire internally, so unless you intern and "pay your dues" you are most likely not going to get hired even if you've worked there for a while
    - Office is very cliquey
    - A ton of micromanaging, must report every move
    - Be prepared to witness actual yelling (upper mgmt. mostly)
    - Employees and upper management complain about clients and others employees behind their backs
    - Attempts to get to know/relate to/be friendly to full time employees were not well received
    - Was told to not become friends with the other interns, as they were my competition for a job there. Was told not to mix work with friendship
    - Simply put, not a pleasant experience

    Advice to Management

    Excellence is key but working at FH does not have to be that serious. The status of FH is not more important than your employees - don't be fake, maybe try to make an environment that is sustainable and enjoyable to be a part of. Don't question your employee's every move and motive - maybe show them you trust them and they will surprise you. Be more transparent about intentions and promotions (upper management unprofessional regarding this). Follow through with promises (discussions about promotion). Humans are not perfect and will mess up - so its not the end of the world if your employees do.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Vice President"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Vice President in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Snacks on Thursdays. Parking in the building instead of offsite. Ping pong table. The handful of creative folks that remain.

    Cons

    Profit centers. Having to compete with other departments for work, being treated like a vendor by your colleagues. Creative department is not valued, or brought to the table when they should be. Not being included in projects because of your billable rate-because that rate is based on your title. Not willing to work efficiently. Lack of basic systems and processes-about 10 years behind. Thursday staff meetings are a colossal waste of time

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and and pay attention to the lost opportunities because you are unwilling to think outside the box and accept that there are different ideas.


  6. "Good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    very flexible in implementing new technology

    Cons

    1. not enough technology projects
    2. leadership(mostly project managers) dont want to invest in long term. they always want quick and dirty solutions which creates more work later.
    3. people dont really following any project lifecycle and dont give full attention to the minute details.
    4. marketing people are managing technical projects which is the worst.
    5. there are no bigger implementation. all projects are small and seem like for college passouts. you will never learn to work on a bigger implementation here.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Not for Everyone"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Vice President in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people for coworkers and the chance to work on big accounts. Its a good place to gain experience and pad the resume.

    Cons

    FH has no sense of culture at all, you are only worth what you are billing. Of all the jobs I have had in my life, my time at FH was my least favorite.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need management training. Just because someone has been with the company for years and are great with clients does not mean they are effective managers.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Few Pros, felt like I had no importance in the company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time

    Pros

    -The name of the company on your resume will advance your career
    -Free food weekly
    -Benefits

    Cons

    -Zero communication even if you voice to your team that there needs to be more
    -Too much talk of career opportunities when none are given
    -Everyone swears that it is one huge family yet you will continually hear people talk about one another behind their backs (if anyone talks to you at all)
    -Little work, too much down time because nobody will distribute the work amongst the team evenly

    Advice to Management

    Work on the so-called "family atmosphere" and don't talk up the career opportunities (they come up as false promises)


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic Culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fend for yourself."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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