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APCO Worldwide Senior Director Reviews

Updated Sep 30, 2019

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4 Ratings
  1. "A great place to build your career"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Given the breadth of APCO's work, there are many opportunities to learn new skills, industries and issues. Leadership encourages employees to not box themselves in, push themselves and explore new territories.

    Cons

    To break down walls, there can be limited structure, which means you need to be a self starter to thrive.

    APCO Worldwide2019-07-22
  2. "Great place for entrepreneurial spirits"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Interesting work for well-known companies and organizations. You have the ability to make a difference for the client. People can carve out their own path and career.

    Cons

    You need to be your own advocate and navigate to the path and clients you want

    APCO Worldwide2019-09-30

    APCO Worldwide Response

    October 8, 2019Talent Director, North America

    Thank you for posting! Firm leaders and human resources are working with managers to partner with employees so collectively we pave the way together. Here’s to 10 more years!

  3. "Smart People, Strong Culture"

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

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Really smart people. Warm culture. Interesting client assignments that don't fit traditional labels. Great flexibility to crave your own career path.

    Cons

    Collective style leadership leads to slow decision making. Need for greater accountabilities. Need to stay competitive on compensation.

    APCO Worldwide2016-10-14
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Worst company ever"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Director in Jakarta
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Zero pros whatsoever, even the pay isn't worth your time and effort.

    Cons

    Stay away. The company in APAC is run by people who doesn't know anything about PR.

    APCO Worldwide2019-03-30
  5. "Energetic Company with Some Regional Quirks"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Director in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Colleagues are creative, energetic, dedicated. Work is interesting and challenging.

    Cons

    Management can be very spotty, depending on the region. Not always rewarding the best people, only the loudest

    Advice to Management

    Have some managers who focus only on management, so the business doesn't fall behind because of someone in charge who would really rather be doing client work.

    APCO Worldwide2017-05-11
  6. Helpful (10)

    "Great place to work for apple polishers and faffers"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in New Delhi
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    APCO is a global company so there is potential for access and exposure to working with global clients and colleagues.

    Cons

    Extreme politics in the India office right from the level of MD and senior staff. Apple polishers are openly appreciated and rewarded - not talent. It takes very thick skin to survive the dog eat dog environment especially since it is a small office with hardly about 15 client servicing staff. Unfortunately such an unhealthy atmosphere also undermines the advantage that a global company brings with it in terms of... exposure to better assignments - bosses faff to the client, the favourites are made the 'faces' on these projects, while an unfortunate few slog behind the scenes to keep the clients happy. Increments and bonuses are also heavier for the favourites. The unlucky ones receive the left overs. APCO India has also witnessed a very high annual attrition rate under current MD since last five years. Again not a good sign for an organization.

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    Advice to Management

    Please understand that such a poisonous atmosphere should not be allowed to thrive. It is not sustainable in the long run for the reputation of the company in India.

    APCO Worldwide2015-06-19
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