Golin Reviews

Updated June 30, 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. Great Company

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

    I have been working at Golin

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.


  2. Assistant Account Executive

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Golin

    Pros

    Great team, competitive pay, good learning environment

    Cons

    Work overload, long hours


  3. Politics Rule

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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.'


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  5. Media Associate

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Associate in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Media Associate in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Golin (More than a year)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Golin full-time

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

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    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!


  8. Passive Leadership

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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Golin full-time

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

    Pros

    The company runs smoothly from an operational perspective. They have several solid accounts, they hire very talented employees and the accounting and HR department are very astute.

    Cons

    Awful case of office cliques, over-worked, underpaid junior and mid-level staff. Very high turnover. Several cases of mistreated and/or mishandled employees who are overlooked or ostracized for bringing attention to the matter.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Not a well-run agency

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Golin full-time

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

    Pros

    There are some smart and fun colleagues. Solid amount of PTO.

    Cons

    Across the board, all accounts are understaffed, leading to an extremely unfavorable working environment and setting teams up for failure. Voiced concerns fall on deaf ears of senior management, who will be quick to judge for small errors and rarely thank/reward for major accomplishments. The tone set by management is condescending, apathetic and ruthless. It is truly not a place of teamwork or collaboration.


  11. VP

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Golin

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

    Pros

    Great work place going places

    Cons

    hardly any cons. one of the better pr agencies to work for



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