APCO Worldwide Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 1 Jul 2020

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  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Consultant 

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Work environment, management, salary, coworkers

    Cons

    Can be hard to find work-life balance

    APCO Worldwide Response

    July 1, 2020Chief Talent Officer

    Thank you very much for your feedback!

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Strategic PR Firm"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Dubai
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Global exchange program, entrepreneurial environment with room to create your own opportunities

    Cons

    Work-life balance, senior management interactions

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    "The best people in the consulting industry"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

    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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    "A great place to work"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • 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.

    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. "A great place to start your career"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Intern - Project Assistant in Brussels
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at APCO Worldwide for less than a year

    Pros

    -The work is varied and intellectually stimulating; the opportunities to learn are definitely there -Great environment for young professionals (possibility to attend events and build your network etc.) -Good culture and friendly colleagues -Good HR presence: professional and helpful

    Cons

    -Work/life balance is sometimes hard to manage, especially at junior levels

    APCO Worldwide Response

    October 18, 2019

    Thanks for your feedback – I’m really glad you enjoyed the role and found good opportunities to learn and grow. We are keen to have any thoughts on how culture and work/life balance can be further improved for teams, so please do get in touch to discuss further. Alison Chisnell, Global Talent Director achisnell@apcoworldwide.com

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    "Overworked & underpaid, but learned a decent amount"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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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    APCO Worldwide Response

    July 15, 2019Talent 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

  8. "Tough but rewarding workplace"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Dubai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Good exposure to excellent clients and interesting projects - Very smart colleagues and a positive work environment - Access to learn new things-- the UAE team was growing in capabilities, meant that you could walk up to most people and ask them to explain a new skill

    Cons

    - Very demanding clients meant that work-life balance was a challenge - Long hours with high expectations for excellence within the company itself

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    "Worryingly inconsistent"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -The actual work is interesting -Emails during the weekends are rare -Promotions can happen-but is dependent on management's mood

    Cons

    -Lack of explanations/training as well as general lack of office policies and processes-constant sink/swim mentality from Day 1 -Work/life balance exists only if you're a workaholic that works 24/7 and enjoys sucking up to management -Arbitrary and inconsistent decision making by management -Flexible arrangements are given depending on favor (how much you're liked by management) -Work load is inconsistent across employees of the same rank and doesn't allow for planning -Small team=lots of office gossip -Administrative support team has no idea what they're doing; it seems they make up policies on the spot -Only 15 days of annual leave-NO sick leave

  10. "Great place to work for some"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Associate Director in New Delhi

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great exposure to different topics

    Cons

    Workload and work life balance.

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