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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    A place of opportunity and continued professional growth

    Mar 4, 2020 - Senior Director 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    For entrepreneurial and proactive individuals, APCO offers unlimited professional opportunities. If you can think it and build it, it's yours. It's a highly collaborative atmosphere where colleagues work together to win new business and deliver to clients. The diversity of the work gives employees a unique vantage point. However, many chose a career path solely focused on one industry or practice area-- becoming specialists in their field. It's also an environment of constant learning -- whether it's working for a new industry, a unique client challenge or new market -- a day doesn't go by when I don't learn something new. Over the course of my time at APCO, I've been given opportunities to travel, work on some of the most relevant issues facing society today, and build a really meaningful career. I stay at APCO because of the people, the work and the fact that every day is different.

    Cons

    For those who aren't proactive and entrepreneurial, APCO's structure can be a challenge. It's an incredibly rewarding environment, but it isn't a cultural fit for everyone.

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    6 people found this review helpful
  2. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Great people, great culture

    Jun 28, 2021 - Senior Director in New York, NY
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    Pros

    People, flexibility, great clients and teams

    Cons

    slow to shift business priorities; post-pandemic retention issues

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  3. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    A great place to build your career

    Jul 22, 2019 - Senior Director 
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    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.

    2 people found this review helpful
  4. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Great place for entrepreneurial spirits

    Sep 30, 2019 - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    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

    4 people found this review helpful

    APCO Worldwide Response

    Talent 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!

  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Smart People, Strong Culture

    Oct 14, 2016 - Senior Director in New York, NY
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    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.

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Opportunities to grow and work with the best

    Aug 26, 2021 - Senior Associate Director in London, England, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Strong culture - Great colleagues: funny, collaborative and supportive - Entrepreneurial and room to try new things with little sign-off/red tape - Diversity & Inclusion initiatives: webinars & lunch’n’learns, partnerships, real changes to the way we recruit, unconscious bias training, Accelerate What’s Right. Leaders who walk the walk - Kept jobs during the pandemic when friends were being laid off at other consultancies - Flexible and “grown-up” with regards to working from home (even before Covid) - great for parents who need to balance home and work - Respect your holidays/time off and no weekend emails

    Cons

    - Sometimes a little ambiguous. Some processes could certainly be clearer - Not a 9-5 at all (but I get consultancy life) - It feels incredibly busy right now and sometimes it takes a while to hire people which stretches the team - Some managers have a better sense of work load than others and seem more aware of how their teams are doing that others

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  7. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Avoid

    Aug 23, 2020 - Senior Accountant in London, England, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Nice building, some really nice, sincerely people who care

    Cons

    Bullying and abuse in finance, Systems not the best

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    2 people found this review helpful
  8. 1.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Worst company ever

    Mar 29, 2019 - Senior Associate Director in Jakarta
    Recommend
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    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.

    5 people found this review helpful
  9. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great place to work for apple polishers and faffers

    Jun 19, 2015 - Senior Director in New Delhi
    Recommend
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    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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    11 people found this review helpful
  10. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Energetic Company with Some Regional Quirks

    May 11, 2017 - Senior Associate Director in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
    Recommend
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    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

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