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Updated 30 Dec 2019

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FleishmanHillard President and CEO John Saunders
John Saunders
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  • "the importance of work life balance’ yet overworked employees fall down like apples in autumn(in 56 reviews)

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  1. "Public Affairs Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at FleishmanHillard

    Pros

    Great culture, great people, great opportunities for learning, potential for travel in the future and for a full time position

    Cons

    work/life balance can be tough, long hours on some projects can be tough, especially if commuting in from outside of the city

    Advice to Management

    listen to what your employees are saying, even if it is critical of senior management, learn to manage expectations of both clients and employees

    FleishmanHillard2018-01-16
  2. "Sinking ship"

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    Former Employee - AAE in Tokyo

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Big name clients, interesting work, that's all

    Cons

    No work life balance. Was working 24/7

    FleishmanHillard2019-12-13
  3. "Avoid at all cost"

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    Current Employee - Managing Supervisor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You get to work with some of the biggest companies in the world

    Cons

    Fleishman doesn't care about its employees or really about its current clients (despite working with some of the largest companies). The only thing that matters is billable time and new business. Out on PTO? Make sure to enter your time. Death in the family? Don't forget to enter your time. Even if you bill 14 hours one day you still have to reach a minimum of 7.5 the next. Fleishman is the place to go if you want to be burned out. They don't care about your wellbeing and there is no such thing as work-life balance. They expect you to be available 24/7... even on days you take PTO. The average employee will only last a year. Layoffs and firings are frequent (need to hit that billable time or else). Those of us who remain openly discuss jobs at other companies that we are applying for. The good news is that title promotions are frequent, but your pay will remain the same. I could write a novel on the CEO. The guy is a character and likely bipolar. He will send daily emails. He will praise the employees one day and then the next will scold us for not billing enough.

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    Advice to Management

    Focus on your employees and current clients. We are the reason for the success of the company.

    FleishmanHillard2019-12-30
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Stepping Stone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You get access to great clients and will get to work on a variety of projects. If you seek it out, you can get access to cool new project and new biz pitches. But don’t expect it to fall on your lap.

    Cons

    Zero work life balance. Underpaid staff. Understaffed departments. There is too much work to do and not enough people, yet higher up constantly push new projects when there is no one to even to the work. This leads to bad work being produced.

    Advice to Management

    Work on creating better internal relationships to break the toxic culture.

    FleishmanHillard2019-11-03
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to cut your teeth; use this job as a stepping stone"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    FH is a great agency to cut your teeth and gain valuable experience in PR/communications. Most people leave once they've put in their dues and move on to top tech companies like Google and Microsoft -- there's a reason for this.

    Cons

    There's very little work-life balance due to high expectations, under-staffing and not enough middle-management. Culture is almost non-existent and junior level staff do not get the recognition they deserve.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your junior staffers a competitive salary or risk employee turnover.

    FleishmanHillard2019-10-24
  6. "Demanding but fun"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, impressive clients, looks good on your resumé, you get to try a little of everything, close-knit teams

    Cons

    Long work hours, no respect for personal life, no work/life balance, they expect you to stay seated at your desk for 10 hours a day because that's what everyone else does

    Advice to Management

    You say you value your work/life policies - show it, then.

    FleishmanHillard2019-06-04
  7. "The power of true"

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    Former Employee - Accountmanager in Brussels
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    FH is well resourced and its global reach allows you to provide clients with insights and intelligence beyond what local shops have to offer. Colleagues are fairly clever and occasionally outright talented.

    Cons

    FH is selling it’s employees a lot of nonsense; back in 2013 the corporate slogan was “go beyond” which for employees up to account director level implied “do more for less”. There’s a seemingly cushy environment which, on the surface, can be fun; young people from all over Europe working alongside eachother in a fast-paced environment. Interesting clients and issues. However, in practice the environment can play out toxic and create loyalty beyond what is healthy; you wouldn’t leave at 6pm if it means your friend ends up staying late, would you? There is (or used to be) a dichotomy between what the company says and what it ends up doing. Lip service is being paid to ‘the importance of work life balance’ yet overworked employees fall down like apples in autumn.

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    Advice to Management

    If ‘the power of true’ is still the slogan; start by being honest to your employees. Pay your juniors a little better and have them work less so they’re not walking around with pale faces in oversized polyester suits. Young people still have to develop an understanding of their limits and the confidence to act on them. Don’t allow company culture to exploit these weaknesses and inexperience. If needed say ‘no’ at their behalf. It will inspire loyalty and save precious human resources.

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    FleishmanHillard2019-04-07
  8. "Excellent Agency"

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY

    I worked at FleishmanHillard full-time

    Pros

    Great People to work with

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance and tight deadlines

    FleishmanHillard2019-03-09
  9. Helpful (12)

    "FH offers great client experience - but don't stay long. This agency will not invest in you."

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    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FleishmanHillard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    FH offers the opportunity to work with big name, high-profile clients. The agency has the resources to do big things. The junior staff is fantastic - a very smart, very fun group with high potential.

    Cons

    FHSF's leadership is not transparent, and the people who work the longest and hardest (often the junior and mid-level staff) are made to feel small by the agency's senior leadership. The agency invests very little in its people, despite lip service to the contrary - from a skills development perspective, and from a financial perspective. Junior staff are trained by other junior staff because there is tremendous pressure for all staff below the SVP level to be highly billable, and SVPs are off looking for new business and most are either detached/not heavily involved with the day-to-day account work. The end result of this is that junior staff do not have great development opportunities (they are involved in tactical work, primarily, because very few FHers at senior levels take the time to teach them to perform at a higher level), and mid-level staff are stretched too thin because they are expected to heavily edit the work done by junior staff in order to make entry-level work worth the high price tag charged to clients. Work-life balance for mid-level staff is not sustainable, given the pressure to be available and respond in real-time to clients and the FH junior team members at all hours of the day. The senior staff at this agency is very arrogant, and they seem blind to the pressures put on mid-level staff, even when it is brought to their attention. The good old boys network is also alive and well at the SF office.

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    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to how you treat your junior and mid-level staff. People are leaving because they don't feel valued or challenged in a constructive way, and this starts with leadership. Favoritism is toxic. The way this agency not only empowers - but favors - mid-level leaders who are known bullies needs to be looked at closely. This sends a clear message to junior staff about the reality that a FHer's billability is more important than the way they behave and treat other team members. Junior staff are asking for more development opportunities, and this needs to happen outside of the annual performance review cycle. The health benefit options offered here are very poor. This may be fine for people in their early 20s, but it's very expensive for anyone who has health needs beyond the most basic offerings.

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    FleishmanHillard2018-05-29
  10. "Public Relations Intern"

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    Former Intern - Public Relations Intern 
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at FleishmanHillard

    Pros

    Helpful and fun group of people.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be improved

    FleishmanHillard2018-03-13
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