APCO Worldwide

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APCO Worldwide Reviews

Updated Jul 12, 2014
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3.9 50 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

APCO Worldwide Founder and CEO Margery Kraus

Margery Kraus

(35 ratings)

83% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cordial and courteous working environment (in 4 reviews)

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


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

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

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Great sense of community

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPeople are helpful if you ask, easy to make connections with people and find mentors among senior staff

    ConsOffice set-up can make you feel isolated from others/make it hard to approach people if they're in their office

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to mentor interns and encourage their involvement

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    I would highly encourage anyone to search for opportunities at APCO

    Intern (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsWork/life balance flexibility that promotes a nice work environment.

    ConsVery clear difference in management levels.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would consider increasing the hourly wage of interns. It is below the market rate for competitive programs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood company, great name recognition within the public relations industry. International firm, which is also great.

    ConsThey have extremely high expectations of all entry-level employees. Very high standards, and mistakes should be rare.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Slow & Steady keeps you bored

    Associate Consultant (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe firm has a solid reputation, and if you want to work in PR/marketing/consulting, it's a great place to start. You'll learn the ropes, be exposed to some decent clients and interesting projects. It's great to have a big firm on your resume, definitely a door-opener.

    ConsFew opportunities for young employees to go above and beyond and take on more responsibility. You get promoted each year on the clock, (and can expect a very modest salary bump), rather than by merit or by proving your capabilities. Lots of internal problems between different teams, very segregated across sectors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet young, ambitious people earn trust and responsibility, and reward those who prove themselves. Don't just make people methodically climb the corporate ladder each year.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great PR company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsYou get to learn a multitude of practical skills that can be applicable in the future in various sectors. The projects change on a regular basis, thus the work does not get boring. Also has good potential for building up a network.

    ConsThe expectations are always high so one has to bring his/her best every day, no matter what.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Intern

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPeople working there are very smart and friendly, whenever you have a question, they are always willing to help

    Consthe company may focus more on PR

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    Typical Agency Experience

    Intern (Current Employee)

    ProsGot to work on wide array of clients.

    ConsManagement didnt always care about you, didn't teach well and weren't the most fun to work with

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    great place to learn about agency work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prossmart people and great benefits

    Conscompetitive environment and if you are operations side, slow promotion

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    Not a place to grow and thrive

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAt APCO, you can have the chance to work directly with senior colleagues around the world with really impressive experience. If you can make the right connections to get onto the client teams you want, you can be successful - but you have to be willing to deal with a lot of BS.

    ConsClient side junior staff especially are very overworked and underpaid. All of the emphasis is put on client service (typical of PR firms) and pretty much none on cultivating an enjoyable work environment. Managers are poorly trained and most don't know how or don't have an interest in helping junior staffers build a career at APCO. People are promoted regularly with barely any discretion, resulting in many mid- and senior-level staff who coast along and don't make much of an impact. There are a lot of politics that come with it being a somewhat "family-run" company with many senior people who have been there forever. The firm hasn't been doing very well for the past few years and it's unclear what the plan is to turn it around.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management needs to learn to adapt the company according to its size and reach - they act like it's still a small do-it-all comms shop, which has resulted in a scattered firm with no cohesive strategy for growth. They should invest in talented senior operations staff who can figure out how to keep the best people and find ways to help them thrive at APCO.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good pay / Average work experience

    Intern (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    Pros- Very little oversight over the employees- could come in fairly late and no one would notice
    - good corporate culture. Thursdays are free beers in the afternoon
    - good location, lots of food trucks around the area

    Cons- Difficult to get staffed on projects because everyone is busy- needs a staffing model
    - people did not seem excited to work there
    - general feeling of not adding value to the company or to projects

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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