Golin Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

57 Reviews

3.6
57 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Golin President and CEO Fred Cook
Fred Cook
39 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people and they allow interns to take on large responsibility (in 7 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is very good as well (in 3 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 downside is with the implementation of the G4 model, you are stuck in the same position for a very long time (in 3 reviews)

More Highlights

6 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Learned alot!

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

    I have been working at Golin as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    encourage you and expect you to work independently

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay

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

    I have been working at Golin full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    GolinHarris

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

    I worked at Golin full-time for more than a year

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a place for advancement

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

    I worked at Golin as an intern for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    strong pr company with a variety of accounts

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

    I have been working at Golin

    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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

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

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

    I have been working at Golin

    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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

Worked for Golin? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.