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APCO Worldwide Reviews

Updated November 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible in holiday-taking, professional in doing business, friendly working environment (in 14 reviews)

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

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

  • The work-life balance all depends on the practice area/department you work in (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Learn"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Management issues, loss of senior talent, and an uncertain future."

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    APCO has grown a lot over the years, and I was there for ten of them. It was a place of best-in-class work, outstanding people and practice group leaders, important accounts, quality work and solid career opportunities.

    Cons

    Management (global and the DC office in particular) is the biggest issue. It's a family-run company, and there is very little transparency. In the past few years a large number of senior people have left. Bad personnel decisions are particularly a problem in DC. In the last year or so the agency has conducted two rounds of lay-offs - where they let go exactly the wrong people. It's really sad to see what APCO is now compared to what it once was. I hope they get back on track someday.

    Advice to Management

    Listed to the people who work for you.

  3. "Great place to build a career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. "Pros and Cons"

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    • 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


  6. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Smart experienced in-country leadership, willing to give responsibility to younger staff

    Cons

    Sometimes no direction from HQ leadership


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

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    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.

  8. "Rewarding Challenges, You "get out what you put in""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to build experience. Rewarding and bright colleagues. Collaborative environment. High increases in compensation available over tenure for junior staff.

    Cons

    Can be overwhelmingly demanding, if you choose.


  9. "Public Relations Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great environment surrounded by even better mentors.

    Cons

    Not enough opportunities to grow within the company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Office Manager/Project Assistant"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere surrounded by extremely smart, hard working individuals. They're fairly flexible and extremely supportive.

    Cons

    Poor inter-office communication which lead to a feeling of fragmented competing offices, rather than a cohesive company


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