Golin Reviews

Updated June 18, 2015
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Pros
  • There are a ton of great people that have passed through the doors at Golin through the years (in 9 reviews)

  • And opportunities to work with some great clients (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance as an issue which is to be expected with any big PR agency - also varies from account to account (in 4 reviews)

  • The G4 model is a work in progress and still has room to grow and improve (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great learning experience, little room/budget for internship to become full-time opportunity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Golin as an intern

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

    Pros

    Big company with namebrand clients like Nintendo, Nestle, and Mattel, which looks good on a resume. Lots of work to do and can be given more responsibility if you work hard. For the most part, treat you like an employee -- get to go to team meetings, help on specific projects. Good benefits for being an internship: hourly wage, full-time hours, free parking/compensated public transportation. LA office is in a great Downtown LA location. Very strict about work hours and not working overtime without permission -- good for work/life balance.

    Cons

    Full-time offers are not based on how well you work, and are not guaranteed after the internship. Even if you are a star intern, there may not be room/budget. The most they can do is extend your internship for 3 months (making a total of 6 months). Don't get to participate in yearly company off-site workshop, which reduces pay by one day when interns could be working (not being paid for holidays is understandable). Intern program isn't terribly organized. Depending on your manager or who you happen to help on the first day/week, you may have a lot of work or very little work, even if you are proactive. Sometimes associates take advantage of interns' labor without consulting manager because of the lack of organization/clarity of duties.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Hard Work

    Former Employee - Digital Manager, Nintendo of America in Sherman Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Manager, Nintendo of America in Sherman Oaks, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big budgets, great client roster.

    Cons

    Long hours, days composed of meetings and calls, stuffy office.

    Advice to Management

    Work/life balance needed!


  3. Helpful (1)

    Passive Leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Golin full-time

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

    Pros

    Trying to change and be more integrated.

    Cons

    Move too slowly in leadership when it comes to making changes.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be so nice and please everyone.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Okay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Golin full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The people are great and it's a great place to learn a lot about PR if you're okay with learning everything by watching senior level people.

    Cons

    These is very little training and there is no organizational culture; there's a very big turnover rate. you won't see the same person in the office after two years.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of trying to build a new PR model where they try to build people's expertise. They should focus on keeping their employees happy.


  6. Helpful (2)

    GolinHarris

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some co-workers are nice. The opportunity to work on big brand names.

    Cons

    The leadership here is short sighted. Mothers are favored heavily. If you don't have kids, it's assumed you don't have a life. Promotions don't happen past the Associate level. There are people there with 8+ years experience at the Associate level. G4 is a nice idea in theory, but outside Nintendo, it doesn't work. Most accounts don't have the budgets to be profitable and support a member from each G4 community. Ideation tends to be the same old stuff just repurposed for other clients. Management is unpleasant to work for.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Not a place for advancement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Golin as an intern (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Willing to teach new interns from the ground up Many nice people Decent work atmosphere

    Cons

    No advancement Not enough support for design and digital departments, the focus is only on traditional PR Doesn't hire interns (I saw at least 8 interns come through GH in a year span, none hired) but instead cycles through interns

    Advice to Management

    Hire on interns and stop cycling through them for cheap labor Support innovation within the design and digital departments


  8. Learned alot!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Intern - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    encourage you and expect you to work independently

    Cons

    not able to participate in company functions, meetings, networking events


  9. Helpful (1)

    strong pr company with a variety of accounts

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Golin

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    variety of accounts, including nintendo, nestle, mattel and more

    Cons

    salaries can be low to fair in the industry and promotions are hard to come by


  10. I can't imagine working at a better, more talented agency

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Golin

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Excellent leadership - Accessibility to senior executives, as long as you pursue the opportunity - Diverse workplace environment - Hardworking, dedicated, talented team - Ethical practices - Great benefits and good vacation time - High quality of work, stimulating/fast-paced environment - Brand name clients - Great resume builder - Promotions happen when people are truly ready for their next step (at least on my team) - Supervisors and executives make it a point to try and recognize dedication and hard work, regardless of your level within the agency The fact that there are a number of folks who have worked at the agency for 10, 15 or 25+ years speaks to the quality of the agency environment.

    Cons

    - Difficulty to balance work/life (on certain high-demand clients/teams) - Mobility within the agency may be slower if you are on a larger team - No year end bonus (vs. my previous agency, which was a boutique/independent company and was able to provide at least a few grand each year as a year-end bonus) - Most folks are in cubicles (vs. my previous agency, where I had an office) - Computer/tech equipment is largely outdated; takes forever to get any new software or equipment due to the agency structure



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