Golin Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
62 Reviews
3.6
62 Reviews
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Golin President and CEO Fred Cook
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are a ton of great people that have passed through the doors at Golin through the years (in 9 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 G4 model is a work in progress and still has room to grow and improve (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Company Great People Great Leadership

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    Former Employee - Public Relations Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Public Relations Specialist in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Golin full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    What a great place! If you are in PR and looking for a terrific company, try to get into Golin. CEO is fantastic and office leadership strong, smart and professional. Engaged in community service, supportive of employees and committed to great work for clients. A lot of long-time employees reflective of positive culture. This company really cares about its employees -- doesn't just say they do -- they really do.

    Cons

    Office was vanilla, but they've since moved to an innovative space in the Hancock. A transportation subsidy would have been niice-to-have, but not a major issue. I can't think of anything that was a real Con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing ...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A leading global PR firm with big ideas and talent to accomplish it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Golin full-time

    Pros

    A globally focused firm, an experienced, forward-thinking management team, and a pool of talented, creative employees. There's scope for advancement, lots of opportunities for professional growth and gaining exposure, and the work environment is great. Golin is not too big, but not too small either - you are part of a family here. No micro-management, great leadership.

    Cons

    In the growing markets of Asia they are still figuring things out. Lots of opportunities, but no strong direction yet. A little bit of this, a little of that - in terms of goals and growth of practice areas and clients. Positive, and exciting in general, but be proactive and watch your back, because no-one else will.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lofty concepts, but practical application lacks. Refocus on core aspects of the business, such as getting new business and reducing staff attrition, and the rest will follow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good PR Agency

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor/Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor/Senior Manager

    I have been working at Golin full-time

    Pros

    All agencies are the same, but the people are what make Golin great. There is a lot of camaraderie and team work. Socials every month, good mentor program, training and other resources.

    Cons

    The new G4 model is horrible. If you want to be pigeon-holed as a media pitcher the rest of your career, this is a good place for you. Or if all you want to do is write... come over. But changing your role is nearly impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be more flexible and allow employees to have a variety of things they do.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great environment, creative and fun.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Golin full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Golin is one of the best PR firms around. It's a great place to learn in a creative and challenging environment. The new G-4 model is a new blueprint for success that other firms will surely copy.

    The leadership is very progressive as well. Very nurturing and great at setting folks up for success.

    Cons

    The only downside to Golin is that being part of the IPG holding company ensures that there is always bottom line pressure yet IPG doesn't provide any tangible value back to the agency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A good, but flawed company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Golin full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a ton of great people that have passed through the doors at Golin through the years. There is no shortage of hard working, smart, creative talent willing to go very far for their clients.

    Cons

    If you're not "in" with a small group of senior level leaders, you will almost certainly fall behind or miss out on key opportunities. Also, the G4 model - launched several years ago - still is not properly functioning internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing on the external marketing of G4 until it is properly functioning internally. But more importantly, end the cronyism - it may not only slow your turnover rate, but help you discover more great talent within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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 (less than an 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
  8.  

    Politicians Wanted

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Golin full-time (more than an 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
  9.  

    Fun while it lasted

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    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
  10.  

    Great experience

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    • Senior Management
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    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
  11.  

    Great Leadership, Great People, Great Work

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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

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