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APCO Worldwide Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Jan 12, 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 1 year

      Great company culture and opportunities for growth, long work hours

      Jan 12, 2021 - Project Consultant in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great company culture, good opportunities for professional growth and development, good benefits

      Cons

      long work hours, difficult work-life balance

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      APCO Worldwide Response

      Talent Director, NA

      Thank you for the feedback. Glad to hear that you enjoy the culture and the growth opportunities. If you’re interested I would like to discuss how I can help with the work-life balance you mention.

    2. 2.0
      Current Employee

      If you like reputation work, decent place. If you have a conscience, stay away.

      Dec 18, 2020 - Director 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      One of the preeminent shops to do crisis/reputation work. Lots of people who work at APCO have great experience; you can learn a lot.

      Cons

      They literally work from some of the worst organizations, governments, dictators on earth. If you're not into this type of reputation work, don't work for APCO. Also, below-market salary unless you're doing the really sensitive reputation work. Terrible work-life balance

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      APCO Worldwide Response

      Chief Talent Officer

      Thank you for your feedback. I would welcome the opportunity to speak directly with you about our compensation philosophy, market benchmarks and work-life balance. We are proud of our work to help clients navigate the challenges of today and make positive impact at critical moments for their organizations. Please reach out! Agnieszka Yank, Chief Talent Officer

    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      A great place to work

      Oct 24, 2019 - Motion Designer in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Currently the company is going through a concerted effort to improve many aspects (bias, inconsistent processes, culture). If you are an entrepreneurial person, you will thrive at APCO. There is minimal bureaucracy, so you can make your own way regardless of level. The North America design team has been transformed under new leadership so designers can work on the projects they are passionate about without burning out.

      Cons

      As with any client services position, work-life balance is not engrained in the culture (although some people in leadership roles are actively trying to fix that). On certain projects and pitches, there is a NY vs DC tension between teams. It seems like the culture of each office is very difference and there are unnecessary loyalties despite working for the same company.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great place to work

      Jul 1, 2020 - Consultant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work environment, management, salary, coworkers

      Cons

      Can be hard to find work-life balance

      3 people found this review helpful

      APCO Worldwide Response

      Chief Talent Officer

      Thank you very much for your feedback!

    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Overworked & underpaid, but learned a decent amount

      Jul 9, 2019 - Consultant in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The APCO office culture is very "flat" and gives its junior staff the opportunity to grow and learn with a fairly quick promotion cycle. Compared to other agencies, the junior staff has a decent amount of responsibility. The people that work here are smart and driven, and generally are nice enough. The work is also interesting - however NY is mainly corporate comms with little public affairs (despite APCOs reputation as a PA firm). A plus us they are totally flexible on WFH and office is closed Christmas week.

      Cons

      APCO works its staff to the ground and expects its employees to be available 24/7. They also pay terribly given hours the staff give to their jobs. The result is little work/life balance and a lot of tears over the grueling work. They also have a major staffing issue and teams are often staffed incorrectly.

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      4 people found this review helpful

      APCO Worldwide Response

      Talent Director, North America

      Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We’re glad you found the work interesting and empowered by APCO’s culture. The work we do for clients is demanding, but we want to make sure everyone feels valued and heard. I would like to discuss your concerns and how we can better help employees with work-life integration and any other feedback you have on your experiences so we can continue to improve and optimize the business. Shaun Corney, North America Talent Director

    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      You can learn a lot if you're willing to fight your own battles

      Oct 6, 2019 - Associate Director in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      APCO boasts a diverse portfolio of clients for both long- and short-term projects, which opens a lot of opportunities to learn different industries and work with a lot of people. The "entrepreneurial" culture rings true, but what that really means is that you're on your own to fight your way through office politics. Great place to cut your teeth at advocating for yourself, working under constant organizational change, and learning to trust very few people. Once you put in a few years and earn the trust of those who matter, work/life balance is manageable due to being so independent and being able to create your own schedule. Arrive at 10am, leave at 5pm, or go on a trip and "work from home"... as long as the work is getting done, no one will ask questions. Compensation is reasonable if you're an aggressive negotiator or have a manager who does the same.

      Cons

      The office politics are beyond repair. Nepotism has led to a culture of cuddling up to senior leaders who pull weight politically & fending for yourself, sometimes at the expense of others. Management may claim to have your best interest in mind, but they're all just out for themselves, too. Must have a thick skin and be willing to tolerate a lot of BS to be successful. Constant organizational change and waves of departures leave little stability and isolate true talent. The office is very cliquey, so it feels like being thrown back into high school, choosing which table to sit at in the lunchroom. Choose wrong, and you're doomed.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    7. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Tread carefully...

      May 5, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      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

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      7 people found this review helpful
    8. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Place to Learn

      Nov 6, 2017 - Consultant in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      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.

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    9. 5.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      I would highly encourage anyone to search for opportunities at APCO

      Jun 19, 2014 - Intern in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work/life balance flexibility that promotes a nice work environment.

      Cons

      Very clear difference in management levels.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Manager

      Feb 17, 2016 - Manager in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Collaborative environment, open door policy, the ability to share your thoughts and create innovative and strategic ideas in attracting clients.

      Cons

      Pay could be better. The work-life balance all depends on the practice area/department you work in. Communication from Senior Level colleagues can use some improvement, particularly when it comes to the review process.

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