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Hill+Knowlton Strategies Reviews

Updated October 11, 2018
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Pros
  • "H&K hosts some of the smartest, most brilliant minds I have ever met" (in 32 reviews)

  • "The way it's set up also shows how there is work life balance, you rarely feel you need to stay for the sake of it" (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "Directors expect you to have no work life balance" (in 27 reviews)

  • "Long hours, expectations were extreme" (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Fellow"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fellow
    Current Employee - Fellow
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hill+Knowlton Strategies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Management wants to see employees succeed.
    - There are so many opportunities for growth & learning.
    - My co-workers are fabulous and very welcoming.

    Cons

    - Work can be time consuming, but you do get rewards for working hard.


  2. "Great Firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hill+Knowlton Strategies full-time

    Pros

    Great offices, collaborative atmosphere, supportive staff, and opportunities to excel.

    Cons

    Internal communications could improve

  3. "manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Coral Gables, FL
    Current Employee - Manager in Coral Gables, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hill+Knowlton Strategies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great clients, projects, benefits and salaries and recognition. If you are competent, loyal and want a career in communications there is no other place to work. Management team is the best in the business and is totally invested is teaching and supporting the right talent.

    Cons

    It not for those who want to coast or who are looking for a nine to five job in a communications field that is constant.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to better recruiting ...H+K deserves top talent and superstars for the best client service.


  4. "Associate"

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

    I have been working at Hill+Knowlton Strategies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wide variety of clients, opportunity to learn

    Cons

    Agency pay is low (like all agencies), work with teams not in your office sometimes results in communication breakdowns


  5. "DO NOT WORK AT MIAMI OFFICE"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hill+Knowlton Strategies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -You get the name of a major firm on your business card. H+K seems like an excellent company to work for outside of the Miami office as well.
    -Job security in the Miami office is good because so many employees leave that they really can't afford to fire people.

    Cons

    -Hours are extremely rigid and incredibly long. You're kept late into the night regularly with no warning at the whim of the President of the office.
    -You feel constantly under attack. Stress levels are incredibly high and the office environment is toxic. Management of the office is constantly hunting for reasons to find fault in employees and shows zero trust.
    -Hard work is demanded and not appreciated. Employees are constantly told that their efforts are not enough. Major wins may receive a day of a respite from this at most and will be immediately forgotten following even a perceived minor mistake.
    -Corporate H+K offers a number of excellent work/life balance benefits but most are completely disregarded. Taking advantage of corporate's generous vacation policy is like pulling teeth and employees are essentially punished with extra work and admonishment upon returning.
    -Pretty much everyone who current works or has worked there is unhappy. Morale is low and turnover is high.
    -When it comes to the work, aside from traditional media relations, the office is set in the past and miles behind the capabilities of what you would expect from a Hill+Knowlton office. It is very frustrating as an employee to know that your office is not serving its clients well--and sometimes actively deceiving them.
    -You will be outright lied to over and over again during your interview process and sold a bill of goods about the office environment and work expectations.

    Advice to Management

    All employee requests to make things better go disregarded at best and can even make things worse at worst, so providing advice to management of this office would be a fool's errand. I would advise Corporate H+K to come in from above, speak to employees and take some action based on their feedback.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Proceed with Caution"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great accounts to work for and obtain knowledge for

    Cons

    Terrible structure , no work life balance unrealistic expectations


  7. "Great!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hill+Knowlton Strategies full-time

    Pros

    Great Agency to begin a career

    Cons

    None to share at the moment

  8. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hill+Knowlton Strategies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Well-recognized in the PR industry
    * Talented colleagues
    * Global company

    Cons

    * Clients will vary depending on region (eg. Bay Area focuses on tech PR and consumer tech) which may not be as sexy to people
    * A bit formal/traditional compared to some of the other PR agencies out there


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Rigid Structure, Promoting Wrong People"

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

    I worked at Hill+Knowlton Strategies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work / life balance. Plenty of opportunity to find clients that you're interested in / passionate about

    Cons

    Lack of team spirit and high turnover. Management put an emphasis on process, rather than results, which leads to the promotion of unqualified managers

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to client feedback and make necessary changes to management structure, even if it means cutting long-time employees


  10. "Professional Services firm with global opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hill+Knowlton Strategies full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to work with talented colleagues around the globe.
    Interesting industries with lots of ability to learn new skills.

    Cons

    Management was always transparent.
    Sometimes work would go to the few and those "few" would not be rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize the talent you have and communicate in an honest and transparent way with your employees.


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