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FleishmanHillard Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Get to work with big-name clients in both the private and public sector (in 18 reviews)

  • Great people, working environment and an amazing place to grow (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Very corporate environment with a lack of office culture sometimes makes it hard to enjoy the work, not much work-life balance (in 38 reviews)

  • long hours but that's standard in PR (in 33 reviews)

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  1. "Technology Practice Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Technology Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Technology Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment
    Creativity in thinking, pitching and creating content to clients
    Opportunity to work on high-profile client accounts
    Always the opportunity to move up or around in practices

    Cons

    Long hours and inability to be fully disconnected when away from work (for positions above interns)


  2. "Good Experince"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at FleishmanHillard as an intern

    Pros

    Good experience and they expect a lot of you
    You will learn a lot

    Cons

    Pay is bad for the amount of work expected


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent PR company to work for, but very corporate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to begin your career in PR with, lots of hands on experience with reputable large name clients. Definitely one of the best agencies to get true PR experience with.

    Cons

    Very corporate environment with a lack of office culture sometimes makes it hard to enjoy the work, not much work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Try to implement more office culture and actually create a sense of community within the office so that it feels more enjoyable to come to work


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "SVP"

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Commitment to high quality client work, integrity in business practices, respectful work environment. Strong public affairs, corporate and health care practices. Collaboration between offices and practices strong.

    Cons

    Not always on the leading edge of creative work, digital and paid integration not setting the industry standards. Recent turnover of senior leaders is concerning.

    Advice to Management

    Not always on the leading edge of creative work, digital and paid integration not setting the industry standards. Recent turnover of senior leaders is concerning. Investing in next generation leaders will be important


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard full-time

    Pros

    Incredibly smart people, type of work is valuable and personally rewarding.

    Cons

    No cons come to mind.

    Advice to Management

    No advice comes to mind.


  7. "Good to learn new skills"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn new skills, international collaboration, team work, fast pace environment

    Cons

    No possibility of career, long hours not paid


  8. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time

    Pros

    entrepreneur spirit; professional skills; strong background of diversified clients

    Cons

    team structure was a little bit tight that individuals were not able to relocate to other brand practices


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Formerly great firm struggling to evolve"

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid opportunity to learn and grow within the industry. In a smaller market like St. Louis, FH is definitely the best PR agency to work for. Talented leaders (also big egos) and good system in place for annual reviews.

    Cons

    Some lack of fresh thinking, tends to revert to the same strategies & tactics rather than pitching out-of-the-box ideas. Top-heavy structure makes it hard to adapt to anything quickly (partially due to its holding company). The agency is struggling with its identity & high turnover.. especially at the junior & mid-level. Stiff, non-transparent corporate culture hurts morale.

    Advice to Management

    Agency is in need of a refresh from the top down. Retention of top talent will always be an issue with a top-heavy organization that pays far below market value.


  10. "SVP, Partner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    variety of clients, work, smart colleagues

    Cons

    Regional P&L, matrixed org structure, no training budget, little career pathing


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great for the Right Person"

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For the right person, FH St. Louis can be a great opportunity, but, it's not for everyone.

    -Opportunity to work on or lead pieces of Fortune 500 and large private clients regardless of level
    -Strong mentorship culture, paired with some brilliant minds, can make it a nurturing and collegial place for junior staff to develop (note, there is limited formal training opportunity)
    -Staff can proactively seek out new opportunities and areas for growth thanks to the robust specialities available at HQ (although staff aren't always recognized/rewarded for doing so)
    -Promotions and salary increases are given out with some regularity/predictability each year
    -Strong global network of expertise; there are plenty of people who are "go to's" for specialities like crisis, executive-level media relations, CSR, food/bev, etc.

    Cons

    -Culture in the headquarters office (St. Louis) is very corporate and rigid most of the time; not a creative or fun vibe on the PR floors. This leads to many young professionals heading to more "fun" agencies in St. Louis or other nearby metros.
    -Work/life balance is difficult to achieve in many practice groups, and workloads can disproportionately skew above 50+ hrs/week
    -Transparency is limited when it comes to how the firm is doing, leadership/process changes, hires/fires, and compensation/promotions
    -Leadership is decentralized to practice groups (consumer, corporate, public affairs, etc.), meaning each group has an inconsistent management style and opportunities for advancement
    -The longer you stay, the less likely your compensation is to match market value
    -Focus on profit centers can limit collaboration and silo some teams and individuals

    Advice to Management

    FH St. Louis is the leading agency in St. Louis; but, unfortunately, that's equivalent to being the best minor league baseball team. Aim to match the big leagues in Chicago, San Francisco and NY - the cities that snipe your talent. Strive to instill a more open culture where creative, bold ideas are encouraged and those who go the extra mile are rewarded. Try to match at least part of a person's workload with their passion, an area of expertise, or an area they wish to growth in (i.e. look to build account teams based on people's POVs, not just their availability and rate). That could result in lower attrition and higher engagement.



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