APCO Worldwide Vice President Reviews

Updated 14 Mar 2017

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APCO Worldwide Chief Executive Officer Brad Staples (no image)
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  1. Helpful (7)

    "A Place in Turmoil"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of promises, but few deliverables.

    Cons

    Never sure who is in charge and making decisions. Lot's of hoopla without the beef. No upward mobility. Constant revolving door.

  2. "Vice President"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Vice President in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at APCO Worldwide

    Pros

    Smart people - great clients - good benefits - lots of locations

    Cons

    Lots of work...and clients expect round the clock care

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  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to build an awesome resume, great colleagues, fascinating work."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Vice President in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide

    Pros

    Pizza and beer every Thursday! Okay, maybe that's not the top reason. But it's cool to have that. APCO is the kind of place where you don't hear the word "no" very often. If you have an idea, you just need to raise your hand, share it, explain the rationale, and typically, you get to run with it. Regardless of the level you're at, you have the opportunity to speak up and take charge. And that's why it's such a resume builder. You get to do a LOT at a young age, and really grow in a expedient way. The people at APCO are also fantastic - and in fact, I get separation anxiety thinking about working elsewhere. I have been offered opportunities at direct competitors, and in one case, for 50% more in pay - largely because they were desperate to hire and would do anything - but even that isn't enough to drive me away from APCO. The people are top notch and you won't find a culture like APCO anywhere else in DC.

    Cons

    APCO is a funny size where it's not small but it's not necessarily large. There's a fine balance we walk between being entrepreneurial and start-up in nature, and having to develop/establish policies and procedures... so there can be ambiguity at times combined with management being too hands off sometimes... but it's better than the bureaucracy you see in many other institutions in DC!

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Creativity, Energy, and Drive are Rewarded -- But so is Hard Work, Team Play, and Diligence"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Senior Vice President in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide

    Pros

    There isn't another public affairs/public relations firm in the world that is as open to doing new things if a project demands it. The place is collaborative within offices and globally among offices. The international network is probably unique. The range of work is extraordinary, and the clients include major global firms facing major issues, governments, and non-profits, and mostly on things that matter. The people enjoy one another's company, and colleagial brain-storming is constant. The people are intelligent and dynamic, and those who are mid-level and senior typically come with a range of previous experiences that provide a broad range of skills and knowledge to a problem, and make the work more fun. The younger staff at APCO are at least as highly-motivated and energetic as the more senior ones, and are likely over a relatively brief time to have the opportunity to take charge in ways that stimulate their professional growth.

    Cons

    APCO is an employee-owned, privately held business, which has positive aspects, and some negative ones. The latter boil down to the fact that the management and management systems still face growing pains, they are not as developed as they would be in a large, publicly traded company. This is especially evident in some of APCO's smaller offices, both in the US and overseas. Recent emphasis on profit-and-loss by individual offices creates the risk of making people reluctant to share across offices even when sharing is in the best interests of hte client. This has to be addressed or it could become a real problem. Some offices are not yet as strong as they need to be in terms of their breadth of services and number of clients. Management does know which these are and is working to fix it.

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