Golin Reviews

Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
57 Reviews

3.6
57 Reviews
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Golin President and CEO Fred Cook
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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)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    GolinHarris is almost too good to be true

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    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

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

    Pros

    Great people and they allow interns to take on large responsibility.

    Cons

    This company has no cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Politicians Wanted

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and a nice office

    Cons

    Politics rule...more than I ever thought possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward and promote people based on merit. Choose logic over emotion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fun while it lasted

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Golin full-time

    Pros

    Big clients. Lots of on-the-job experience. Lots of advancement potential at junior level. The culture is a little bit like working on a cruise ship, there's a party every night and a closet full of free snacks, but you are expected to work 24/7 and are never really "off duty."

    Cons

    A lot of turnover, as well as people are let go frequently. There is a tight knit core group and if you aren't in, you aren't going anywhere or getting the choice assignments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat employees like a replaceable commodity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Golin full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment with strong leadership and people who care. Employees' voices matter and the G4 transition has helped embrace people's unique skills and areas of expertise.

    Cons

    The G4 model is a work in progress and still has room to grow and improve. The strengths of the model have outweighed the challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better support system for work-life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Leadership, Great People, Great Work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Golin

    Pros

    GH treats its employees like family. The people are friendly and engaged. The work is challenging yet rewarding. The transition to the G4 model has created stronger work output, which has won even more business from existing and new clients.

    Cons

    The the G4 operating model has seen wins and promises the best possible output, it's still a transition. Some of the team and communities are still working-out the kinks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep casting bold vision and then commit to putting all you have behind it in terms of the right staff, the strongest tools/training and the best pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, great people, great clients, hands-on experience

    Cons

    no pay - internship for class credit

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get good experience, work with top notch clients/brands

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Awesome resources, team environment, lots of opportunities for growth if you take initiative

    Cons

    Tough to have work/life balance, stressful environment, office atmosphere isn't the best

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Not My Cup of Tea

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Golin full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They have big clients, weekly happy hours, and at least two big parties per year.

    Cons

    Despite the happy hours, it's a very competitive, and sometimes, unpleasant environment. They were really unprepared to change the structure of their agency. Also, it seemed like leadership had their favorites, and the rest of us were out of luck as far as opportunity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked, but great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Golin full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Culture is young, fun and people are some of the best you'll meet
    Big named clients with great opportunities

    Cons

    Pay is lower than competitive agencies
    Long hours are expected and usually the norm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has best interests at heart, but are very slow to make changes. Listen to your people and be more up front about plans for the future.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great culture - poor pay

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Awesome culture and great clients.

    Cons

    Low pay with long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise pay grade

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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