APCO Worldwide

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APCO Worldwide Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
52 Reviews
3.9
52 Reviews
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APCO Worldwide Founder and CEO Margery Kraus
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37 Ratings

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great sense of community

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at APCO Worldwide

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to mentor interns and encourage their involvement

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I would highly encourage anyone to search for opportunities at APCO

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at APCO Worldwide as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very clear difference in management levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would consider increasing the hourly wage of interns. It is below the market rate for competitive programs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great PR company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at APCO Worldwide as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow & Steady keeps you bored

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Few 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 ManagementAdvice

    Let 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at APCO Worldwide as an intern

    Pros

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

    Cons

    the company may focus more on PR

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Typical Agency Experience

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    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide as an intern

    Pros

    Got to work on wide array of clients.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    great place to learn about agency work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide

    Pros

    smart people and great benefits

    Cons

    competitive environment and if you are operations side, slow promotion

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a place to grow and thrive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide

    Pros

    At 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.

    Cons

    Client 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 ManagementAdvice

    Senior 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good pay / Average work experience

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at APCO Worldwide as an intern for less than a year

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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