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FleishmanHillard St. Louis Reviews

Updated April 10, 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
  • Like most agencies, it can be easy for work/life balance to get lopsided (in 39 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great learning experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Finance in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Intern - Finance in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is no dress code, you dress for the job you have essentially. Great finance internship program where you will definitely learn a lot. Feel included even when just an intern for the most part.

    Cons

    Sometimes there isn't a ton of stuff to do as an intern so you have to find things to do to keep yourself busy

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to plan ahead and have a position available for interns who enjoy their job and wish to move onto a full-time position.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "The worst experience"

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

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time

    Pros

    The younger staff is fantastic and eager to learn.

    Cons

    The senior management team is the worst I have ever experienced. They repeatedly stated that they are smarter than any of their clients and would gossip about and make fun of every other person in the office, including the junior staff. Colleagues were often pitted against each other. I don't mind working long hours, but working in an environment where the senior management team acts like "mean girls" is just not healthy. Not only would I not recommend them to a friend looking for a job, I wouldn't hire them as my agency or recommend them to my friends looking for an agency. There are MUCH better agencies out there.

    Advice to Management

    Treating people with respect goes a long way in establishing a good culture. Try putting someone with broad experience in charge - not someone who has only ever worked for FH. Stop saying you are smarter than your clients - your best employees will see right through that, leave the agency and then never hire you on. It's just a bad business practice.


  3. "Product Dev Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great dev team, learned a lot about software development and data analysis. Enjoyed having the freedom to dig through large code repositories to add/edit components and fix bugs. Overall great experience.

    Cons

    Better pay would have been nice, but I was mostly in it for the experience anyway. Otherwise nothing comes to mind.


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  5. 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.


  6. "review title"

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    Former Intern - Accounting in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Intern - Accounting in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at FleishmanHillard as an intern

    Pros

    there was free parking provided

    Cons

    long hours at quarter close


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great for the Right Person"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Vice President"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Can be a good career move for the right person"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Professional in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Marketing Professional in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Promote people quickly
    Opportunities to collaborate frequently
    Opportunity to work on a variety of projects and variety of clients

    Cons

    Overwork employees
    Compensation doesn't match workload
    Poor work/life balance. It's all about the hours/billable hours you put in
    Double standard on treatment of employees based on title

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees fairly


  10. "Good place to work"

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    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.


  11. "Great place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Designer in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at FleishmanHillard part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people, experienced leaders in the industry and lots of opportunities to grow for the younger generation.

    Cons

    As with any large company, there can be feelings of being disconnected with other teams. If you end up not really finding a group of friends, you can easily feel isolated and a bit lonely.

    Advice to Management

    Try to pay attention to the happiness levels of the employees, make sure they're being challenged and heard.


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