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Updated Jan 14, 2021

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Pros
  • "Work environment, management, salary, coworkers(in 22 reviews)

  • "Very smart people, interesting work and client mix, many opportunities to do meaningful work, very little hierarchy(in 12 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Can be hard to find work-life balance(in 23 reviews)

  • "Expect to work long hours and during holidays, week-ends without being always rewarded(in 22 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work with passionate & intelligent colleagues. Long hours, but that's an industry problem.

      Jan 8, 2021 - Associate Director 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      passionate and intelligent colleagues, interesting and meaningful assignments, good pay & benefits, overall flexible & understaning employer

      Cons

      long hours, a bit of favoritism displayed

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      APCO Worldwide Response

      Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. We have very committed colleagues, who work hard and put in long hours. We encourage team leaders to balance workloads and ensure that staff take breaks. Your feedback will help us improve as we are all challenged with setting boundaries in the current remote and hybrid environment. I am concerned about the comments that you make about favouritism and would really like to understand more about what led to your perception of this - please do get in touch to discuss this. Alison Chisnell, Global Talent Director

    2. 5.0
      Current Intern, less than 1 year

      goodplace

      Aug 15, 2019 - Intern 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      pretty good coworkers and managers

      Cons

      low pay I think? sometimes long hours and hard life-work balance

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      APCO Worldwide Response

      Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. I’d be keen to understand more about the long hours and work/life balance issues that you encountered, so please do get in touch to discuss further. Alison Chisnell, Global Talent Director achisnell@apcoworldwide.com

    3. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Fantastic Culture & Place to learn

      Mar 20, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Learn a lot and quickly

      Cons

      long hours, but typical of agency environment

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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great learning experience but not a place to build your career

      Sep 3, 2013 - Junior Associate in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      -Senior staff are some of the best in the business -Good industry reputation -Interesting projects and client work

      Cons

      -Low pay for the industry -High turnover as junior staff get their experience and leave to go to competitors who pay a livable wage -Low morale amongst employees -Long hours, no overtime pay, no bonuses, no appreciation from senior staff -No corporate culture (perhaps due to such high turnover)- resembles the low points of "Devil wears Prada" if you're an intern or junior staffer. -Very few people progress with this company

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    5. 4.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Fast-paced, challenging and rewarding

      Jan 4, 2013 - APCO Online in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      - Excellent client roster - Opportunity to work on amazing projects - Fast-paced, constantly challenging and rewarding - The Internship program is one of the best - well-structured and allows interns to showcase their learnings through a pitch competition where they get to meet top execs - Regular brownbag lunches so interns are exposed to and can interact with top management

      Cons

      - Long hours may be required - The fast pace obviously leads to the machine not being as well-oiled at times

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Unique place to learn the PR agency world, but a lot of BS to put up with

      Nov 10, 2014 - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      People at APCO are generally really smart and hardworking; you'll have the chance to work with colleagues of all levels who have already done and will go on to do greats things in their careers. I worked in the D.C. office for three years and made great friends I'm still in touch with. Since the office and company as a whole are in a majorly transitional period, there are opportunities to help shape the culture and evolve your role according to what you want to do (but it's not necessarily easy to - see below). If they get senior management in order over the next few years (assuming the CEO will retire soon), I think the company could turn around but it will be a long and painful process.

      Cons

      APCO is a very frustrating place - it's similar to other agencies in terms of low pay and long hours but APCO is independent and family run and there is zero transparency about what's going on, which has been especially damaging during this period of change. In 2013-14 there were many layoffs, lots of restructuring, rumors of office closures, loss/shrinkage of major accounts, etc. and we were all left guessing (and panicking) about all of this. Management has acknowledged that people are frustrated by this but nothing was ever really done while I was there to change it, and people just continued to leave the company constantly. In terms of structure, APCO likes to hire people without defined roles and responsibilities, and you'll quickly learn that you're expected to flounder and figure it out on your own, often without an engaged/helpful manager. APCO disguises this as an "entrepreneurial spirit" where you can pave your own way but in reality, it's a big unstructured mess that's especially hard for young people to deal with (which is why turnover is out of control). The reviews and raises situation is equally as frustrating, with people working regular 60 hour work weeks and not seeing fair compensation (reviews are a joke and everyone's basically given the same raise - although they're supposedly changing the system in 2015). And meanwhile there are people who have been there forever sliding along and not pulling their weight but because of the "family" mentality, they won't be let go.

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Full-time employee

      Oct 9, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      APCO offers access to senior leaders who are very knowledgeable and experienced in their fields. There's a great emphasis on having an entrepreneurial, go-getter attitude and actively seek out opportunities. The firm values creativity and collaboration, which is clear in many of its accounts and the work that it does. People here work hard and deliver great work to clients.

      Cons

      It's low pay and long hours. Very little diversity.

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Consultant

      Oct 27, 2016 - Consultant in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Incredibly smart people with interesting and impressive backgrounds - Awesome new office space in DC - Pizza and beer happy hour every Thursday - Very flat organization-- opportunities to be challenged and step up into leadership roles, especially for mid-level staff - I heard this depends on the team, but a lot of interaction with and support from your manager

      Cons

      - Don't expect anyone you talk to (even people in the industry) to know what APCO is. The company just doesn't have a good name for itself despite all the good work. - Long hours and pretty low pay compared to the competitors, which can lead to tension and poor morale. - The billable hour either works for you and keeps you on track or totally burns you out. It is not for everyone and there is a lot of focus right now at APCO on maintaining high utilization and being 100 percent billable. - Despite the fact that most staff are generally very friendly, you can expect a lack of hellos, smiles, and lots of cold stares and judgmental looks from certain teams. - The management and senior leadership are trying to be more transparent about the direction of the company, but it ends up being a lot of vague and watered down business jargon that doesn't tell people much.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Current Employee

      APCO Worldwide is a great place to work.

      Aug 31, 2010 - Associate in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      APCO Worldwide is a great place to work.

      Cons

      Long hours, but rewarded by bonuses.

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    10. 4.0
      Current Intern, less than 1 year

      Great internship

      Dec 5, 2014 - Intern in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Perfect opportunity for Interns You get to learn a multitude of practical skills that can be applicable in the future good corporate culture

      Cons

      Long hours may be required

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