Golin Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Golin President and CEO Fred Cook
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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. Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Associate in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Golin (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company culture, awesome clients, amazing Managing Director. Dallas is the office to be if you're working for Golin

    Cons

    Work/life balance sometimes not such a balance

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. Great place to start a career

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Associate in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Digital Associate in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture and co-workers Great opportunities if you're proactive in searching them out Winning new business left and right

    Cons

    Can get trapped on one client Would like more diversity amongst senior management

    Advice to Management

    Continue to recognize the people busting their butts, not just the people brown nosing.


  3. Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Golin (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unique approach to public relations.

    Cons

    No real cons to speak of, great company.


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  5. Summer Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment with positive community support. The intern program is really designed to incorporate you into a team and learn the process of PR.

    Cons

    They intern to hire so if you get the internship as a junior it's more difficult to be considered for a full-time role.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Terrible management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There was typically a good work and life balance.

    Cons

    Extremely low salary, lack of leadership from supervisors and management who could not undervalue or under-appreciate associate level young people more.


  7. Great Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to learn and grow in your career with a great group of people. Culture is bar none at Golin Dallas.

    Cons

    Focus on valued positions seems to be skewed at times.


  8. Assistant Account Executive

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great team, competitive pay, good learning environment

    Cons

    Work overload, long hours


  9. Helpful (1)

    Politics Rule

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package. Company makes a lot of effort in planning celebratory work events/special gatherings for employees

    Cons

    Politics seem to be the strongest driving force in making business decisions and advancing people. Merit definitely goes unrecognized by senior management, who, in my experience, didn't like to get their hands dirty once they reached a certain level.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. Reward people based on hard work and put more effort into at least understanding the day to day efforts. Make business decisions based on logic. Try to be more of a consultant by advising clients on best strategies rather than 'order-taking.'


  10. Media Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Associate in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Media Associate in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Golin (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture and plenty of opportunity for growth. Leadership is approachable.

    Cons

    Didn't encounter anything negative in my time at Golin.


  11. Golin: Interesting clients, but culture varies by office

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Golin full-time

    Pros

    Golin has a unique approach to client servicing with their G4 Model. They focus on bringing specialists together to service one account. My experience was that this concept was still a work in progress (though I'm not sure senior Golin management would agree). Overall, the junior staff was very nice and friendly. The senior staff was nice, but there is a great deal of politics within the organization. * Pleasant work environment * Interesting clients * Friendly team * Trying to be progressive

    Cons

    * G4 Model doesn't scale down. Hard to support smaller clients * Golin does great work in consumer. It doesn't understand tech. * Golin's local office culture is completely the function of the managing director who runs it * Alot of overhead & politics

    Advice to Management

    The G4 model is an interesting but incomplete idea. Listen to the teams who are faithfully trying to use it and evolve G4 based on actual implementation experiences. Be flexible; avoid the impressions that the management team is simply ramming G4 down our throats.



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