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APCO Worldwide Reviews

Updated May 17, 2018
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Pros
  • Flexible in holiday-taking, professional in doing business, friendly working environment (in 15 reviews)

  • Work life balance is what you make of it, but generally pretty good (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • The top-heavy nature also made for a lot of work at the junior levels and the work-life balance wasn't great (in 7 reviews)

  • Long hours and pretty low pay compared to the competitors, which can lead to tension and poor morale (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "APCO Worlwide Project Consultant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth, smart coworkers, great culture

    Cons

    Over worked and under paid

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to what prospective employees want to work on and promote people on merit not based on review cycle


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not what it used to be."

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    APCO is one of only two top communications agencies that are independent (not owned by a holding company). The client base is wide and high-quality. There are great people, particularly at the junior and mid-levels. Good reputation in the industry.

    Cons

    Agency management was just not working during my last five years - they over-promise and under-deliver, setting expectations and disappointing employees. Earning pressure is very high - and yet very expensive senior counselors who don't bring in business and unprofitable global offices remain. Extensive layoffs in the last three years at the headquarters office have created bandwidth and morale issues. The culture changed quite a bit over the last several years - and not for the better.

    Advice to Management

    Be truthful with people - be sure you intend to do what you promise. Recognize the value in all levels of staff - including not just junior and mid-level folks but also experienced, senior leaders. Cut costs in the right ways - and not by laying off perfectly productive, high-quality employees.

  3. "N/A"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Awesome company to work at.

    Cons

    No cons. Awesome benefits and pay


  4. "Tread carefully..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    - Great office
    - Comprehensive benefits
    - Top leadership is engaged and competent
    - Global community
    - Big clients, big budgets
    - Opportunity to travel if you're on the right teams
    - Flat organizational structure
    - Incredible group of high-profile advisors
    - Great in-house research and creative teams
    - Really smart staff
    - Cultural exposure

    Cons

    - Terrible work/life balance
    - Mid-level management is too stressed and overworked to care about the people they manage
    - Mid- and upper-level management is extremely disorganized
    - Employees come to the office sick all the time because the workplace culture has made them feel like they can't work from home for a day
    - As far as mid-level management is concerned, if you're not at your desk, you might as well not be working at all
    - This company will work junior staff into the ground with little regard for their well-being
    - Lots of false promises from upper-level management
    - Low pay for junior staff
    - HR department is a complete mess and constantly mishandles cases
    - More turnover in the last few years than usual, and HR is slow to hire, which results in teams being stretched for resources and overworked

    Advice to Management

    Hire more mid-level managers. Pay attention to what's going on with your junior staff. Be realistic about the utilization/billability numbers you're asking for. Do SOMETHING about your HR department. Try to make the workplace culture healthier--throwing weekly pizza and beer parties isn't the answer.


  5. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Good introduction to professional world of public affairs consulting

    Cons

    Menial tasks often doled out


  6. "Great Place to Learn"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Great place to build a career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    APCO offers a variety of different kinds of project work and opportunities to take on new assignments and reinvent yourself. The word that's often used is entrepreneurial, which is true up and down the line of command. Everyone is very accessible but expectations are high. We work hard, and MDs try to find ways to get people to kick back and get to know one-another. Work life balance is what you make of it, but generally pretty good.

    Cons

    Clients come first, which is great. But sometimes that means there's not a lot of focus on internal process and management. But compared to other firms I've worked with, it seems APCO is ahead of the game in many ways.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Not many right now. 6 years ago the company was doing great. Their mentoring program was working amazingly and the culture was really good. Great benefits. All of this is in the past now.

    Cons

    The company has laid off 3/4 of the employees or they left before they were laid off. No mentoring program anymore since all the senior employees were gone. They move the location and now everyone is in the same room, no place where to think straight and write a good proposal. The moral is law and turn around high.

    Advice to Management

    Poor management in the past years leads to all the laid offs and high turn around.


  9. "Pros and Cons"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Communications Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collegial, strong benefits, supportive culture, interesting work

    Cons

    Disorganized, rudderless, no sense of direction


  10. "Great company, an abundance of independence but non-headquarters offices lack mentorship and career development opps."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great autonomy for a junior level employee; excellent benefits; network of incredibly smart people; opportunities to work across a variety of sectors

    Cons

    Some of the North America offices are small and quiet; network of employees could be more collaborative to stretch accounts across offices.

    Advice to Management

    More mentoring and growth opportunities for all levels of employees.


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