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APCO Worldwide Overview

Washington, DC
501 to 1000 employees
1984
Company - Private
Consulting
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
APCO Worldwide is a global communication consultancy. We help the most innovative organizations adapt and thrive in this fast-moving, interconnected and complex world, enabling them to reach their business and societal goals. We bring our clients' work to life ... Read more

Mission: Enable clients to achieve their objectives through insightful counsel, authentic advocacy and creative communications.

Counsel clients on the opportunities and challenges of a global marketplace and engaged stakeholders in times of transformational ... Read more

APCO Worldwide – Why Work For Us?


undefinedHelping our clients succeed in an ever-changing environment through compelling and engaging communication.

By fusing the experience and creativity of our people with in-depth stakeholder insight and innovation, we deliver the results our clients need to succeed in business and in a global society. APCO experts anchor their thinking in a deep understanding of our clients’ business. From that foundation, we help our clients look ahead while meticulously implementing communication strategies that deliver the impact they seek today. We help our clients see clearly, speak authentically and act decisively.

Our People

Our diverse and hands-on global team of more than 600 experts comes from the environments clients need to reach — we are former elected leaders; journalists; ambassadors; business and nonprofit executives; government officials; market researchers; and communication and Internet experts. Led by seasoned strategists in more than 30 offices, APCO works to create and implement strategic and tailored solutions designed to advance clients' objectives.

Locations

To meet client needs around the world and around the clock, APCO Worldwide has more than 30 offices in major business, financial, political and media capitals throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East & Africa and Asia Pacific regions. Our team sets the standards in their fields, bringing diverse global viewpoints and local insights to help our clients challenge convention and deliver business impact. In addition, we engage select best-in-class partners for specialized market coverage. 

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We help our clients see clearly, speak authentically and act decisively.  We do this in a strategic and integrated way that is tactic neutral.

We create.
We engage.
We build.
We defend.

APCO Services

Create

Creating breakthrough communication requires ever more compelling narratives that can be executed across multiple platforms. Let us show you how our storytellers develop content that differentiates our clients and resonates with key stakeholders.

Engage 

Engaging stakeholders – whether employees, consumers, customers, policy makers, media, supply chain partners, investors or influencers – demands insight and intellect. Let us show you how our approach to stakeholder engagement helps clients find the distinct emotional connections needed to build enduring relationships and inspire advocates.

Build

Building reputations, markets, allies, brands and communities has never been more challenging. Let us show you how we turn research- and experience-based stakeholder insights into integrated solutions that deliver impact.

Defend

Defending the brands, markets and reputations you’ve worked so hard to create is critical for continued business success.  Let us show you how we can help protect your permission to operate by anticipating and mitigating risks while staying true to your values and brand.

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Change is constant; we have to adapt to survive. But to thrive we need to draw on the elements that make APCO – APCO.

To help focus all of us on those elements, the things that are truly important, we embrace The APCO Experience, our employee value proposition. It defines the mutual commitment between APCO and our employees.

At APCO, everyone has the opportunity to define their own APCO Experience:

Challenging & Varied Work 
Try Something New Every Day
At APCO, you have numerous opportunities to do work that both challenges you and relates to a wide variety of today’s issues. You’re treated as a professional with access to experts, exposure to clients and the chance to influence client strategy.

Recognition & Reward
Thrive Not Survive
Do great work and you’ll be recognized. At APCO, provide you with opportunities to be rewarded for your outstanding contributions to clients, colleagues and the company. How you earn that recognition is up to you.

Career Development & Progression
Forge Your Own Path
Being a part of a dynamic organization means you never stop learning. We expect our managers to provide honest but supportive feedback to help you develop. At APCO, you have an abundance of opportunities to progress in your career, add value to clients and contribute to the firm.

Engagement & Connectivity 
Work Across Boundaries 
Collaboration is key to our success as a global, integrated firm. At APCO, you can work independently, but still have access to the knowledge of the whole network at your fingertips. We also support you in giving back to your community and to the causes that are important to you.

APCO Worldwide Reviews

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    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    APCO has a very horizontal power structure. Interns are treated as if they were full time employees earning salary and benefits. APCO Worldwide would be a great place to start a career.

    The work at APCO was satisfying and challenging.

    Cons

    The lack of a mentorship program for interns.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing with finding great LEADERS to lead the interns. You really have to be good with working and managing interns. Keep looking for the employees that possess these skills. There were some intern managers that weren't good, but my intern manager was wonderful. Keep finding good talent.

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APCO Worldwide Photos

APCO Worldwide photo of: Our India colleagues at a very off-site retreat
APCO Worldwide photo of: Shanghai office Christmas party
APCO Worldwide photo of: UK leadership team at a retreat
APCO Worldwide photo of: Chinese New Year in Hong Kong
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APCO Worldwide photo of: Shanghai's Ben Jacobs with Tel Aviv colleagues while on a visit
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APCO Worldwide Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ weeks. I interviewed at APCO Worldwide (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Applied via their company website and heard back within two weeks. First had an initial phone interview where I spoke to the HR department. The questions were pretty general, make sure you can sum up what the company does pretty well. Next is a video interview with two or more staff members, usually includes a higher level excutive so be presentable. Because I am out of state my video was done via the Zoom app. Again the questions were pretty standard, they really want to know about your previous experience. It honestly felt like a conversation between new friends. Afterwards I completed a two hour long writing test. Not questions you can really prepare for so just try your best, though I did not find it too difficult. I heard back with an offer about a week and a half later

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APCO Worldwide Awards & Accolades

  • Top Workplace to Work in PR, PR News, 2018
  • International Agency of the Year, Golden Hedgehog Awards, 2014
  • Agency CSR A-List, PR News, 2014
  • Best Large Agency to Work For, The Holmes Report, 2013
  • Best Agency to Work For, Public Affairs News, 2013
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