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APCO Worldwide Reviews

Updated December 4, 2018
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Pros
  • "Flexible in holiday-taking, professional in doing business, friendly working environment" (in 17 reviews)

  • "The top-heavy nature of the firm made it a great place to learn from my superiors" (in 11 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)

  • "The people at entry level positions are overworked" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "APCO Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  2. "Good culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Some nice coworkers
    Lots of food

    Cons

    can be overworked at times

  3. "AMAZING CULTURE"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Great company, awesome culture, great team.

    Cons

    The commute was awful, but I didn't mind it after a while.


  4. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The NY office has great culture, smart people, and an engaged staff.

    Cons

    Global leadership can feel inauthentic at times.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Unmet Potential, HR is Cold & Heartless"

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    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    APCO was once was a fun place to work. Great projects, clients and people. You felt you could make an impact no matter how junior. There was comraderie, a good culture. You were part of a team and could get to know colleagues from all over the globe. There was a family atmosphere. And on it’s best days, ever so rare now, you can catch a sliver of this.

    Cons

    All the pros are gone. The senior leadership is totally greedy and full of themselves. They want to sell the company to enrich themselves at the expense of everyone else who does the work. They take and take and take — money, stock, benefits, whatever they can get their grubby ya da on. In a services business HR is massively important. But for the last year and half, HR is cold, distant, rigid, unsupportive. As a team, HR is totally dysfunctional — an endless comedie of errors, poor leadership, mind boggling ignorance. Even the most basic things they get wrong. Misstep after misstep, you just can’t make this stuff up. No one trusts HR, not even the leadership has confidence in it. And HR whines endlessly about their lack of resources even though they have teems of people. Teems of inept people running in circles like chickens without heads.

    Advice to Management

    The depressing thing is that not too long ago there was openness and warmth. Margery, the founder, was more visible and projected endless confidence and optimism. So it is confounding that they’d have, for instance, an HR team that is the exact oppositee of her: unoriginal, no creativity, ineffective every way. They should know by now that it’s better to cut your losses and move on — before everyone else does and you’re left without a company.

    APCO Worldwide Response

    Oct 15, 2018 – Chief Talent Officer

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I particularly take to heart your comments specific to our HR team. We care deeply about the experience of APCO employees and our HR team is... More


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Proceed with caution"

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

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

    Pros

    -- A good reputation in the D.C. public affairs scene, and a decent roster of clients

    -- Opportunities to travel, especially if you are Junior level and don't mind long days and late nights

    -- In general, Junior to mid level employees are nice, and try to fuel a friendly culture

    -- Decent brand name recognition -- people in the industry know about APCO, and there is good global recognition especially in Asia and the Middle East

    -- Upper level management tries to integrate opportunities for career growth at a junior level ( work abroad opportunities, for instance)

    Cons

    -- HR is extremely disorganized and off-putting

    -- The caliber of clients is poor compared to top firms such as Edelman or Ketchum. There is not much for growth unless you want to essentially work on The Hill forever. If you want to do PR/comms for random trade associations, this is the have for you.

    -- Favoritism by upper level management -- certain people get promoted year after year, while others who deserve to be promoted get lost in the mix

    -- Long hours and no work life balance. People think it's normal to be at the office until 8 or 9pm everyday. Most people work while on vacation and expect you to do the same.

    Advice to Management

    There's a reason you have had a major turnover problem in recent years. Look internally to figure out why you can't retain top talent.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Account Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice salary compensation and work time

    Cons

    stressful environment sometimes since it's a public relations agency

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Tread carefully..."

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    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.


  10. "APCO Worlwide Project Consultant"

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    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