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APCO Worldwide Reviews

Updated 16 Jan 2020

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3.3
54%
Recommend to a Friend
74%
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APCO Worldwide Chief Executive Officer Brad Staples (no image)
Brad Staples
54 Ratings
Pros
  • "Flexible in holiday-taking, professional in doing business, friendly working environment(in 19 reviews)

  • "APCO Worldwide would be a great place to start a career(in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "sometimes long hours and hard life-work balance(in 17 reviews)

  • "Very demanding clients meant that work-life balance was a challenge(in 14 reviews)

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  1. "The best people in the consulting industry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    APCO is quite a unique firm in the comms/lobbying consulting business. A good size (not too small but not too large) that gives you real career opportunities in a global network. A unique spirit and culture that allows for creative, fun and sometimes crazy people and lets you be who you are, in an industry that is often filled with clones repeating talking points. Interesting clients and work. A place where you can grow, or a great school that can be a stepping stone to an opportunity somewhere else.

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    Cons

    Long hours and productivity requirements are very high, but this is the nature of consulting in general (where work life balance is more an idea than a reality). Quite centralized to HQ in terms of strategy, positioning and values (not much room for individual offices to pursue different approaches based on their own market's needs) - but overall nothing really strongly negative - it is a good company to join if you want to be a consultant.

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    APCO Worldwide2019-12-16
  2. "AWFUL COMPANY - AVOID AT ALL COSTS"

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    Current Employee - Consultancy in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Based in Covent Garden

    Cons

    These days APCO is known mostly for internal bullying and harassment. The work is most often insignificant, for unfavourable companies and there is no work culture. Constantly trying to squeeze margins to improve profitability at the expense of their employees.

    APCO Worldwide2020-01-16
  3. "(Too) fast paced"

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    Current Employee - Project Consultant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn about new industries, never boring

    Cons

    Consultants are stretched too thin in the name of maximizing utilization rates

    APCO Worldwide2019-11-18
  4. Helpful (1)

    "50000"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    good for learning curve and personal development

    Cons

    bad compensation and politics lack of specialization

    APCO Worldwide2019-11-05
  5. Helpful (1)

    "A very nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart and courteous colleagues make APCO a wonderful place to work. APCO is simply easy to deal with and that makes all the difference in the world. Hours are relatively light and compensation is excellent.

    Cons

    There is not enough room for advancement and not as many chances to learn news skills as ai would have liked. Getting promoted takes a long time.

    Advice to Management

    More training.

    APCO Worldwide2019-11-05
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

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    Current Employee - PR Account Manager in Dubai
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning opportunities, Good medical insurance if not the best,

    Cons

    Nothing to say for now

    APCO Worldwide2019-11-03
  7. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Focus on Technology and Pharmaceutical sectors

    Cons

    No exposure for consumer PR Short staffed

    APCO Worldwide2019-11-20
  8. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Motion Designer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    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.

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    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.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to all levels and incorporate their feedback. Provide incentives and grow a healthy culture to retain good talent. Continue to be transparent in all aspects (what's going on, performance reviews, new processes, discussions at the senior level, etc.)

    APCO Worldwide2019-10-24
  9. Helpful (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
  10. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time for more than 5 years

    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.

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    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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    Advice to Management

    Take a good, hard look at the culture you're building. Your junior staff is overworked and underpaid, your mid-level staff is fighting for resources and for the attention & praise they need to be promoted, and your senior staff is more focused on their own success than ensuring the people under them are being supported, all while protecting the individuals they favor and overlooking others who are genuinely talented. The ability to navigate the APCO political web outweighs the skills needed to manage clients properly & produce high-quality work.

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    APCO Worldwide2019-10-06
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