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Updated Jun 8, 2021

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4.0
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Freeman CEO Bob Priest-Heck
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136 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people and resources to help you get the job done(in 35 reviews)

  • "Excellent company with great benefits(in 29 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Possibility of long hours, several days in a row(in 52 reviews)

  • "work-life balance was not good, very long hours with an inconsistent schedule(in 37 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee
      Featured Review

      I really enjoyed my time.

      Sep 29, 2020 - Client Solutions Manager in Chennai
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Surprisingly to be such a big corporation, they're very family-oriented. You come in contact with so many people in the field and all of them provide a sense of community. I enjoyed my time there, had the opportunity for growth and training. Glad I got opportunities to travel.

      Cons

      The schedule can get overwhelming at times, show season keeps you busy. There is no such thing as "no" when it comes to new business, so you have to find a way to male it work.

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      Freeman Response

      Global Communications Manager

      Thank you for sharing this kind feedback! Our people truly are our greatest asset and we are thankful that you enjoyed our family-focused culture and growth opportunities during your long tenure at Freeman. We also understand that the nature of events can require long hours at times, and are actively working to encourage work life balance throughout our organization. We are grateful for your many contributions to Freeman and wish you all the best ahead!

    2. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great Place to Work

      May 19, 2021 - Graphic Designer in Pune
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Family atmosphere, great benefits with health, 401k

      Cons

      Lots of overtime on a consistent basis

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is not a priority at this company

      May 25, 2021 - Sustainability 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Co-workers are incredibly supportive and it can feel like a family. The company is still family-owned and they are involved and supportive. You feel like you form a connection with the Freemans.

      Cons

      Long hours and you can be on the road for weeks at a time which means you don't have much of a work-life balance. Your experience is reflective of who is your direct supervisor and if you have a bad one, God help you. HR is not helpful. Many of the company's executives and HR still are grounded in a "business as usual" boys club so their DEI awareness is lacking. Additionally, best of luck getting a promotion. They like to give you a promotion only after you've started doing your boss's boss's job.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Awesome Company

      Jun 8, 2021 - Support Services in Pune
      Recommend
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      Pros

      This is a great organization! People are highly valued and leaders put a priority on employees.

      Cons

      I haven't had any negative experiences.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Great People and Corporate Perks

      Apr 19, 2021 - Event Experience Designer in Mumbai
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great creative people are like family Corporate benefits and perks are nice Laidback atmosphere Flexible Schedule

      Cons

      Hard to get a promotion unless you are male and/or know someone Design department doesn’t have job descriptions or a published way to move up in the company (I’ve been asking for years and they say it’s coming) If you work on the production side, you don’t get paid as much as the corporate/proposal designers, even though you’ll work your tail off getting things out the door to produce

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      A good place to work

      May 31, 2021 - Operations Production Supervisor in Pune
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Challenging, Fair, Good colleagues, good benefits, Decent pay

      Cons

      Sometimes upper management puts bottom line before service

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Pros and Cons

      May 21, 2021 - Senior Director, Business Development in Mumbai
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Most of the people are good, a lot of intellectual capital, the work is very good across divisions, some key leaders are very strong

      Cons

      Maternity leave/family planning benefits not competitive, sometimes it is a contentious culture

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great People & Great Talent, Vulnerable Industry (Covid-19)

      Dec 1, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      * Freeman attracts the best of the best when it comes to its people. It is rare if someone leaves Freeman or the industry. Pre-covid they had employees who had been there 30+ years and were visibly proud of it. * Pre-Covid, they were hiring a lot of younger professionals who were just starting out in the Events Industry space. They are looking to invest in the future talent for the company. * Lots of opportunity for growth - you don't need to be an expert in trade shows to work in this industry. * Opportunity to travel often as a BDM, CSM, and/or Live Event Producer. * Freeman has a broad reach when it comes to other industries/work - we hold clients in almost every industry including healthcare/medical, military, energy, sports, entertainment, beauty, hospitality, etc. * It's a well known company...in the events space.

      Cons

      * As an Event Producer, you are traveling a lot in the Spring and Fall (not great if you have kids or other priorities at home). * Salary comparison from hourly to salary is disappointing (if you start out hourly). You do well in your first couple years having worked so many OT hours, and then get slammed with the same amount of work as a salaried employee but at a much lesser salaried amount. * Yearly bonus is determined 75% based on company outcome and profits, and only 15% on personal success and professional development. * Events Industry as a whole has taken a huge hit due to COVID-19. Not an ideal time to enter into this industry.

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Good Company

      May 28, 2021 - Director of Operations 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very good benefits Fair salary Everyday is different

      Cons

      Long and odd hours Can be physically taxing

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Union work

      Apr 19, 2021 - convention journeyman in Mumbai
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Union work, great pay, crazy hours, supporting the middle class of America.

      Cons

      Unless you’re in good with the right people, you’ll just float from dept. to dept. You’ve gotta make yourself readily available and do great work. You are very easily replaced. Some of the law guys forget that until it happens to them.

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