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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 an independent, global communication, stakeholder engagement and business strategy firm. We challenge conventional thinking and inspire movements to help our clients succeed in an ever-changing world. Stakeholders are at the core of all we do. We turn the ... Read more

Mission: APCO's vision is to be the trusted partner of choice – creating value by challenging conventional thinking and providing global service, culture by culture.

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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    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    At APCO I worked with some of the smartest people in the industry who were extremely successful in previous careers before coming to the firm. The top-heavy nature of the firm made it a great place to learn from my superiors.

    Cons

    The top-heavy nature also made for a lot of work at the junior levels and the work-life balance wasn't great.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to nurture junior 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
APCO Worldwide photo of: #APCOGivesBack at a food pantry
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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    Human Resources Director Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at APCO Worldwide.

    Interview

    Very standard. I applied online and heard rather quickly from the Chief People Officer. She wanted to schedule a phone screen right away. My salary range was a bit high for her but I told her I was flexible. I then heard rather quickly to come in for a face to face. Met with three people. The two HR folks I met with were extremely inexperienced and I was surprised that they were in the roles that they were in. Inexperienced may not be the right word - they didn’t get HR but were very nice. The interview with the CPO was actually quite short. There was a huge gap of silence, but when I followed up she did respond with where they were with the process. I was extremely impressed (so kudos) that she personally let me know that they had hired someone else (that is rare).

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APCO Worldwide Awards & Accolades

  • 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
  • Public Affairs Agency of the Year, The Holmes Report, 2017
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