FleishmanHillard is an award-winning international communications firm that specializes in public relations, public affairs, marketing, paid media, and social media/transmedia. Among its services are brand marketing, reputation management, strategic integration, research & analytics, media relations, and crisis management. The company describes itself as “the most complete communications agency in the world, capable of reaching any audience, with any message, through any channel. ”
FleishmanHillard was founded in 1946 by Alfred Fleishman and Bob Hillard in St. Louis, Missouri (where its headquarters still resides). It has since grown to more than 110 offices in 29 countries across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, with over 2,700 employees. As of 2016, more than 57% of that workforce are Millennials and 65% are women.
Part of the fun of being at FleishmanHillard is the opportunity to work with global brands that may already be part of your everyday life. The firm’s clients include AT&T, Visa, GoPro, Bayer, SAP, Emerson, Monsanto, and Samsung.
In 1997 FleishmanHillard was acquired by the Omnicom Group, becoming part of its Diversified Agency Services division. This has expanded FleishmanHillard’s benefits to include services provided by the parent company, such as high-level management training opportunities.
Chief of Staff Lisa Moehlenkamp explained to us that FleishmanHillard’s corporate culture includes a passion for meeting entrepreneurial challenges coupled with a commitment by everyone to work collaboratively as a close-knit and mutually supportive team.
While everyone is expected to work hard and be available to clients, the firm also supports flexibility. Moehlenkamp—who’s managed to continually rise in the ranks of FleishmanHillard over 17 years while raising three kids—told us, “Part-time work options, leaves of absence, sabbaticals, we have all of those. But the thing that makes the most difference is just an attitude here about getting done what you need to get done in the way that allows you to integrate your work and life in the most effective way. I have been sitting on the sideline of a soccer game with my earbud in my ear listening to a conference call for work…I don’t mind being on call in the evening, because if I need to follow up with my son during the day while he’s away at school…I have the flexibility to do that.”
Among FleishmanHillard’s numerous honors is being chosen as one of the “Top Companies for Female Executives” by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) for seven years in a row.