APCO Worldwide Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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APCO Worldwide Founder and CEO Margery Kraus
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Pros
  • Cordial and courteous working environment (in 4 reviews)

  • Fast paced environment, keeps you on your toes and great benefits (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Entry-level salary can start off low compared to other consulting firms (in 3 reviews)

  • Low pay for beginning level staff (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Good learning experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide

    Pros

    learn a lot from other collegues

    Cons

    too busy sometimes, leadership push people

    Advice to Management

    don't push too much

  2. Ineffective leadership, the loss of key staff, and a declining culture have hurt APCO.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The range of clients and projects at APCO is as good or better as those of any major communications agency. Some of the senior practitioners are the most talented, creative and innovative in the business.

    Cons

    APCO is an agency that looks good to those on the outside who have not worked there. Inside, it has become a highly political organization that has lost traction in the marketplace. The number of both senior and junior level staff that have left is striking - managing directors, multiple practice group leads, and a significant number of key business leaders have left - particularly over the last two years. Management's reaction to the loss of valued staff and key clients has been to retrench into the same patterns, practices and politics that got the agency into difficulties in the first place.

    Advice to Management

    Be respectful and honest with your staff, and treat them as though they have value. Live up to the culture you constantly boast about.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Company in Transition

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Smart people, great clients,work/life balance, global, strategic

    Cons

    Loss of talent
    Management in transition
    Lack of transparency with salary

    Advice to Management

    Aggressively recruit next gen leadership
    Incentive mid-levels to want to stay

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  5. Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at APCO Worldwide

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning experience
    Interesting people
    Lunch with CEO

    Cons

    did not receive enough feedback

  6. Great internship experience

    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I had an opportunity to work with other interns in various divisions on a client pitch which is presented during the last part of the semester. My direct manager and higher managers within my division were very approachable and I had the opportunity to get lunch with them one on one.

    Cons

    Work a bit tedious at times, but to be expected in this role

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  7. Great internship program

    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Loved the internship program. Highly recommend.

    Cons

    Could be more challenging.

  8. Intern with APCO

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Able to work on various accounts and with clients in different industries. Great way to gain hands-on experience.

    Cons

    Interns were less involved in the strategy part

  9. Helpful (3)

    Good place to learn, not a good place for most to build a long term career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Networking
    -Smart people
    -Lots of responsibility and experience on different types of projects
    -Looks good on resume

    Cons

    -Most people are overworked, morale is low
    -Expected to always be connected and work nights/weekends
    -High employee turnaround
    -Questionable ethics
    -Little accountability and you can be overwhelmed by people dumping work on you last minute
    -Pay is not at all competitive to make up for all the above

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to promote learning and growth as the biggest benefit to working here in lieu of fair compensation and work-life balance. People will definitely learn, which is great, but many people reach a breaking point after a few years and move on to greener pastures.

    Current management is short-sighted and all about cutting corners. Practice what you preach: be authentic when you say your people are your greatest asset. Invest more in junior through mid-level staff (not just with gold stars, beer and pats on the back) and you will see a return in investment.

  10. Great internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Perfect opportunity for Interns
    You get to learn a multitude of practical skills that can be applicable in the future
    good corporate culture

    Cons

    Long hours may be required

  11. Internship Experience at APCO Worldwide

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

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

    Pros

    transparent working environment
    employee training provided
    project consultants really willing to help

    Cons

    lack of interactions between employees, not so active

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