Golin Reviews

Updated Aug 12, 2020

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Golin CEO Matt Neale
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  • "A future Golin should walk the walk if they’re going to truly have your back(in 26 reviews)

  • "Work life balance can be tough at a more junior level(in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Nice environment"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Media Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Golin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to work with interesting brands

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a lot of work and little time for personal life

  2. "Typical Global PR Agency -- Profits Over People"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Golin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Good benefits. - Interesting work that allows the agency’s employees to gain experience in a variety of industries.

    Cons

    - Performative activism to distract the agency’s clientele from the lack of diversity within its leadership and staff. Last year, every office received a D&I presentation from corporate outlining the agency’s goals. Instead of focusing on why a diverse workplace is beneficial and what the company will do to support employees of color, the primary focus of the presentation was the financial benefit a D&I initiative would bring to the agency’s bottom line through new business wins. And following recent protests, conversations started by office leadership focused more on looting and property destruction instead of the real, systemic issues protestors are fighting against nationwide. - Meat-grinder mentality among corporate and office leadership that is typical among global PR agencies. Employees frequently are pushed to exceed utilization and capacity rates. I once had a VP laugh at my 104% capacity rate during a meeting: “We’ll have to push you to get that number higher.” - Employees were told multiple actions would be taken before the agency resorted to layoffs during the COVID-19 outbreak. Instead, the agency laid off 5% of its staff as a second step following small executive pay cuts. Prospective employees should expect to experience at least one round of layoffs annually. - Office leadership is often absent from quotidian activities. It is the type of workplace where meetings begin with less than half of the necessary attendees, and if you ask whether EVPs/MDs are joining, you’ll see a familiar shrug among those present. - Favoritism of certain junior staffers among office leadership is pervasive. Among office leadership, those who choose to be physically present more than 30 hours a week spend much of their time gossiping behind closed doors in their offices instead of attending team meetings. - No annual bonuses. Annual salary increases are small and aren’t guaranteed. Promotions are few and far between.


  3. "Depends on your team"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Golin full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work life balance, unlimited time off, flexibility

    Cons

    High stress, internal politicking, promotions and pay increases and few and far between

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Declining Moral"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Golin full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people Great benefits Great work/life balance

    Cons

    Low pay - especially for those starting out Upper management is very disconnected from what's actually going on and isn't instrumental in making changes for improvement Promotions not generally given based on performance, progression is slow and not many opportunities for growth

  5. "Great place to work!"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at Golin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Amazing benefits like unlimited PTO, work from home once a week, 401k policy -Solid work life balance -Great coworkers you enjoy spending time with

    Cons

    lack of consumer facing clients

  6. Helpful (2)

    "Intern"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Golin full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great pay for an intern!

    Cons

    OVER WORKED. Minimal difference between associate position and interns.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic people, and some great clients. Opportunities to improve cultural/organizational issues and compensation."

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Public Relations Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Golin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Most staff are talented and hard-working, and genuinely care about delivering the best service to clients.

    Cons

    Specialization via G4 model has benefits for senior staff but does tend does pigeonhole junior/mid-level staff who should have the opportunity to more organically find their path in PR.

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  8. "Engaging work with incredible mentors/teammates"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Creative Manager in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Golin full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You'll work alongside bright and talented professionals. The work you'll do for clients can be extremely rewarding.

    Cons

    Fast-paced agency environment (which might be a pro for others!) and an ever-changing leadership roster at the very top.

  9. "Phenomenal Talent and Creative Firm"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Golin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Industry-leading clients -Engaging work and projects -Very talented and capable colleagues -An extremely supportive and inclusive workplace -No idea or voice is too small -The leadership in DC is engaged and supportive

    Cons

    -Some procedures are controlled too tightly by corporate (i.e IT policies or travel) - but that comes with any agency.

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  10. "amazing work/life balance"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    work life balance is great

    Cons

    fast turn arounds and small budgets, big clients

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