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FleishmanHillard Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Skills learned were valuable and met/worked with some great people (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 42 reviews)

  • long hours but that's standard in PR (in 37 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Fantastic culture"

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    encouraging culture. creative and independent thinkers thrive. great clients to work with as well.

    Cons

    pay is competitive, but not amazing. would appreciate a raise when work load is significantly increased.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible management at HQ: Stay in the field offices!"

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    Current Employee - Managing Supervisor in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Managing Supervisor in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Respected in the industry, multinationals as clients. The level of PR is world-class due to the size and demands of the client base. Best practices in changing areas of media such as digital communication are to be found in that department and passed along to account staff regularly. Tickets to Cardinals games and access to the suite are probably the best benefits.

    Cons

    Required to be in office for 50 hours per week; no work from home policy or awareness that employees can be productive remotely with, gasp, technology. Also inconsistent management; some managers have highly developed people skills, others have evolved little in that area. Much happens covertly with employees left to guess the expectations set out for them and assumptions being made by senior managers. Many new hires are not told about the 50-hour work week requirement until after they start work.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees consistently and honestly. Don't use stupid "talking points" on employees; they can recognize them, since they write them for clients all the time. Don't pretend to respect "work-life balance" when you clearly do not. Admit what you are.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "want to sell out? become mediocre? think you're important, work long hours/no reward, SIGN UP"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    decent pay, good co-workers, big company, good healthcare benefits, work on large accounts with big well-known clients. you can advance quickly becoming management in 5 years if you want. lot of vacation days (even though your vacations sometimes gets cancelled because you have to work on something and you're left paying for your non-refundable flights). most of the work is fairly simple, and it's easy to shine by doing not much. every now and then something decent comes along (and if it doesn't get squashed by someone with a bigger title, it can turn out fairly okay.

    Cons

    quality of work, quality of work/life balance, poor ethics, POLITICS, being mediocre is rewarded while sticking your neck out to do something great gets your head chopped off. sarbanes-oxley enforced time entry making details about everything you do down to the millisecond extremely important. metrics is more important than doing good work. numbers rule the place. it's owned by omnicom group holding company that forces the company to think very short-term to get by the month and not think about how to make things better 6 months to a year from now. management is made up of people who were really no good at their original job title. and they get moved up rather than moved out.

    Advice to Management

    take everything you know about running a company, and throw it away. START OVER. stop rewarding people for doing a bad job and start respecting people who actually are trying to do a good job.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Far from what I expected"

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    Current Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company has a fantastic reputation; experience here will enhance your resume. Attractive office. Free soda and snacks. Opportunity to deal with major companies. Good hours, too (from about 8 a.m. yo 5 p.m.) Everyone who works here takes what they do very seriously -- they're passion about their jobs and, no doubt, good at them.

    Cons

    Interns treated very poorly. No guidance, training or explanation. Expected to know how to use complex in-house systems and programs that you have never used before. On my first day, I was scheduled to meet one-on-one with several account execs, and half blew off our meetings. Very cold, impersonal feeling to the office.

    Advice to Management

    FH may be a phenomenal place to work for most employees, but the intern program needs some improvement. Training, guidance, development -- even just a cordial relationship.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Beware of Fleishman Hillard"

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    Former Employee - Managing Supervisor in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Managing Supervisor in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting clients; external reputation of firm is valuable when seeking subsequent employment. There really aren't any more reasons to work there, aside from the after-work parties, the money, and the effect on your resume.

    Cons

    horrible work environment; no flexibility; arcane dress code; no work at home policy; unbelievably bad managing. Managment are covert, secrets are common, and gossip rules the day. bosses play favorites all the time, to the point it's laughable.

    Advice to Management

    Join the 21st Century


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Be Rewarded for Trustworthy Advice and Strategic Counsel"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President and Partner and Practice Group Lead in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President and Partner and Practice Group Lead in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Commitment to Digital and relentless commitment to retaining digital staff that believe in ROI and Understand the Big Picture. In the Digital Space and even throughout the Senior Management they may not always understand what you do or care to but they will pay and give a lot of autonomy to keep "franchise" players like myself.

    Cons

    As an overly qualified white man I am fortunate to only experience rapid growth. There is however very little value or concern for Junior Staff. All about Senior staff and primarily tjpd that can win new business, the C-Level team in STI rarely gets involved in anything but counting money so the senior staff can interact with them form time-to=-time not the Junior staff. A lot of pressure to win new business. The primary digital workforce, strategic practitioners and leadership of the digital as a who is a Parody compared to competitors, boutique firms and the advertising industry as a whole. This has forced FH planning and management staff to do anything that supports new business process regardless of their actual work routine negative or rude day-to-day dialog with female staff (a poor ad feeble attempt to compete, match the unique skill set, analytical platform, future forward software platform creation and a real trusted global thought leadership,. Senior management promotes a culture of revenues first over service, digital innovation, real digital and other o offer unique or ahead of the curve products. Unfortunately the real digital and digitally respected talent is going elsewhere. Only by sheer by luck are theyable to hire individuals like myself that can actually lead in strategy, client council and digital and social media integration. No one questions us and they by what we request.

    Advice to Management

    Respect all of the staff no matter what age or level, Cut the chord stop the layers of people and I swear this is true someone with FHv asked me if Dave Senay was real, I said he was a big Money Boss in STL that FH answers to. Then I said just kidding FH senior leaderships needs to think for yourself. Man-up or no one will value, respect or take FH seriously or the Senior Team in STL does.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Dlsappointing Employment Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great downtown location close to many amenities, promotion of healthful benefits such as once a week fruit delivery in the work place, purified water, nice kitchens available to staff, on-site yoga, generous vacation policy.

    Cons

    May be a better employer for those involved in the business of public relations but for those who are in more administrative roles, not so much a desired place of employment. Outdated dress code and severely lacking in diversity of both racial/ethnic staff but also lacking diversity of thought. Encourage all potential new hires to make sure there is a cultural fit between what Fleishman has to offer and what you are seeking. Ask about the number of hours you are expected to work per week as a PR professional before accepting an offer of employment.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at what other companies are doing to attract and retain talent - not only in the PR industry but look at other companies as well. Place more emphasis on career development for support functions. Revisit your dress code. Do something visible and tangible about the lack of racial diversity. Hold all management accountable for beng respectful of others.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "A PR agency trying very hard to be a digital creative agency"

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    Former Employee - Digital Creative Intern in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Digital Creative Intern in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cookies, beer, 9-5 hours, a few good clients, some fun people to work with, little responsibility as an intern, first job out of school

    Cons

    Wow, this place is trying so hard to be a creative agency when it's not. A creative director whom gets his orders from the PR side of the agency that never fights for the creative. All I really did was build preso decks (in MS Word?) and look for stock photos. The full time creatives also built decks and worked on internal work. I would never refer anyone to work there that wanted to advance in the creative field but if you're in it for the PR then go right ahead.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to produce digital creative then let the creatives do their job, theres no real creative being done when it comes to the "creative group". Maybe you should give up on the creative part.


  9. "Terrible work-life balance and total lack of employee engagement"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The salary wasn't too bad. The work location and office space was nice. The office outtings were somewhat fun, but rare.

    Cons

    If you want to have any semblance of a life outside of work, forget pursuing a job here. Young, unmarried post grads (mostly female sorority types) do well here because most of them don't have any other work experience to compare the unacceptable FH experience to, and they are happy to work 24/7 to get promoted. FH is also stuck in a traditional PR rut and rarely deviates from the old-fashioned way of doing things. So be prepared to go with the flow here and never truly feel like you're making an impact with the previous experiences you bring to the table.

    This company totally lacks diversity and intuitive senior management that understands the needs of its staff. Also, forget taking doctor-prescribed medical leave for any kind of health issue or much deserved vacation time off of work . You will either be fired or asked to work during your leave. It's all about the bottom line here. They don't particularly care about the health and wellness outlook of hard-working employees that make this the internationally successful company that it is.

    Advice to Management

    You need to re-organize your business priorities and put the needs of hard-working employees above all else. You need comprehensive employee engagement and wellness programs and you have to lead by example. Also, think about diversifying your staff, which has been proven time and time again to provide new perspectives and innovative business and communication strategies--something new clients are always looking for in a PR firm.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "FH Chicago"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Decent amount of vacation time, personal time and holidays.

    Cons

    Has a vastly unfair pay scale. Poor leadership: either abusive or ignores abuse of staff. Unfair treatment of entry-, base- and mid-level employees.

    Advice to Management

    Belittling and verbally abusing staff doesn't improve productivity nor does it create excitement or enthusiasm about work. Learn to appreciate people's hard work and efforts and try to have some respect for others, no matter what lever their position is. For those leaders who ignore these abusive situations, be a GOOD leader and do something about it. Companies should not let their employees be bullied.


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