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FleishmanHillard San Francisco 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 12 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Work/life balance is difficult to achieve in many practice groups, and workloads can disproportionately skew above 50 (in 38 reviews)

  • long hours but that's standard in PR (in 35 reviews)

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  1. "FH Intern"

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

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are incredible. Management is very encouraging and supportive of individual growth. I feel that they really care about making sure we get work that we find enjoyable and motivating.

    Cons

    There appears to be a high turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep continue to grow your commitment to keeping and creating an innovative company culture!


  2. "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)


  3. "Great Company and Intern Program"

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    Former Intern - Graphic Design Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Graphic Design Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are a wealth of knowledge into the creative marketing agency life. You are surrounded by super talented people and in a short period of time you can amass a ton of portfolio-worthy work.

    Cons

    As with agency life, it is extremely hectic and jam packed with work all the time. People work long hours daily, and it is expected to put in at least 50 hour weeks, at the least.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work, but be more aware of the work-life balance.


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  5. "Wonderful people, supportive environment, smart experienced staff with solid values."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved the people here and have very fond memories. They were respectful, smart, knew what they knew and knew what they didn't know. All around fantastic people.

    Cons

    Could use a bit more diversity. Anglo and male at the very top. That said, they've promoted women and provided opportunities for minorities to excel.

    Advice to Management

    Aim for more diversity and more senior women in the C suite. Otherwise, you're doing a great job and people, across the board, are and were happy here.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Big agency — and all the good and bad that comes with it"

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They're one of the "800 pound gorillas" in the field, so you're working for a powerhouse.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is a little spotty, and the relentless emphasis on "billable hours" means they have no problem letting people go at the drop of a hat.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees, and think of them as a long-term investment rather than taking a "how many billable hours did they generate this month? OK, let's let them go if that number doesn't change next month" mindset.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "FH"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Team orientation. Strong brand. Well known clients with interesting and challenging assignments.

    Cons

    Large and easy to get lost inside


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Happy with my experience"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with the smartest people in the business. On large and exciting accounts,=.

    Cons

    Junior level staff is overworked and underpaid


  9. "Good place, Good people...BUT it's an agency through and through"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The President of the SF office is a great leader and great guy. i think the SF offices has one of the best cultures
    -Advancement is attainable depending on what side of the business you are on
    -Competitive salary
    -Most of the Partners are pretty great

    Cons

    It's very "AGENCY" i.e. a respectable turn-over rate, some corporate "go-getters" that clearly only care about their advancement, sometimes very frigid attitude for organizational change

    Advice to Management

    Work towards implementing changes based on honest employee feedback from the ground up; it will improve efficiency and effectiveness of collaborative teams


  10. Helpful (3)

    "A big shop where people come and go"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Knowledgeable staff; great exposure to big clients that have the bucks to come through the door; different opportunities that one wouldn’t find at a smaller firm.

    Cons

    No real emphasis on development among the staff; very little if any collaboration between offices around the country especially when sharing talents of people; it’s all about the bottom line vs. using resources; jobs will be terminated well before any efforts are made to retain staff in lean times; high billing rates for too-heavy senior staff on teams depletes budgets faster than you can say bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Don't think management really cares about it's staff as they've let go of far too many talented people instead of trying to keep them.


  11. 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.



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