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APCO Worldwide Reviews

Updated September 19, 2018
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Pros
  • "Flexible in holiday-taking, professional in doing business, friendly working environment" (in 16 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)

  • "Low salaries for entry-level positions (can make it hard to pay the rent in big cities)" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great place to build a career"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "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.

  3. "Internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience networking with upper level executives. You really get to see how a communications agency works.

    Cons

    Roles are not very clearly defined and if you are not as assertive you may find yourself filling out spreadsheets.

    Advice to Management

    Reinstate an intern project for the summer and let the interns from different departments work together on projects.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  5. 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


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (3)

    "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.

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. "Great Place to Learn"

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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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