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FleishmanHillard Washington DC Reviews

Updated July 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Smart, talented coworkers and big-name clients (in 22 reviews)

  • Skills learned were valuable and met/worked with some great people (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be a challenge if you don't manage it well (in 43 reviews)

  • Be prepared to work long hours and weekends to get this work completed (in 40 reviews)

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  1. "Loved working there"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President, Digital Marketing in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Vice President, Digital Marketing in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked in the DC office and really liked the environment. Collaborative culture, lots of smart and creative people. Exciting projects!

    Cons

    Fast paced agency culture... might not work for everyone but it works for me!

    FleishmanHillard Response

    Aug 4, 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback, and it's great to hear that you were able to work on worthwhile projects in your time here. We take great pride in our collaborative culture, and... More


  2. "Great Start for DC Communications"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Top Management and exciting clients to work on
    -Opportunities to experience work in different departments

    Cons

    -The company is constantly in flux and departments frequently grow larger and smaller (meaning projects can vary in size and intrigue)
    -A lot of low level work (clips, press lists, etc.)

    Advice to Management

    -Give more individual attention

  3. Helpful (4)

    "SVP"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  4. Helpful (11)

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

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    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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A Great Summer Internship Experience!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FleishmanHillard (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Employees treat you like one of the team! You are paired with a mentor for the summer, who provides feedback on your work and personal growth

     - Real work with real clients (no coffee-fetching!)

     - Networking opportunities with senior management

     - Fun social events (intramural sports, team bonding events etc)

     - Intern-specific training meetings and "lunch and learn" meetings with each department

    Cons

    - Just like with any internship experience, you may be tested with "grunt-work" during the first week or so. If you can perform these tasks quickly and in their entirety, you have the opportunity to move on to more complex client work.

     - Unfortunately, not every department is looking to fill a full-time position with a former intern after the internship commences. Keep this in mind, and chat with your mentor about career opportunities.


  6. "Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Fellow in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Fellow in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, working environment and an amazing place to grow!

    Cons

    Lack of funding to hire their Fellows in certain divisions


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good workshops and projects set up for interns.

    Cons

    Lacks diversity and employee appreciation

  8. "Solid company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance and good people

    Cons

    Not enough profession development opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within


  9. "Paid Interns, but not much"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good people in management, likable staff for the most part

    Cons

    I had a really hard time trying to find work to do. I felt useless.


  10. "Good opportunities to grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Partner in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Positive environment and entrepreneurial spirit is encouraged. Good talent across the network. There are also impressive clients that keep the work challenging.

    Cons

    The regional P&L model works against the business and generally the company is seen as archaic. This billing struggle and reputation are challenges that have to be overcome regularly.

    Advice to Management

    Break down the regional P&L model so people can work with the best talent for the project regardless of location or management flow.


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