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APCO Worldwide Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

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67 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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    • 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.

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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
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    "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
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    "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
  4. "A great place to start your career"

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    • 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 Worldwide2019-08-07
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    "Overworked & underpaid, but learned a decent amount"

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    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.

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    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.

    Advice to Management

    Start focusing more on your employees, their happiness, the type of work they want to be on, and improve organizational and staffing structure.

    APCO Worldwide2019-07-09
  6. "Tough but rewarding workplace"

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    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

    Advice to Management

    Senior management could manage expectations with clients better. The lay of the land in the UAE was that anything a key client said was the way to go, and this is not necessarily the case-- especially if it impacts the team badly.

    APCO Worldwide2019-05-13
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    "Worryingly inconsistent"

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    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

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    APCO Worldwide2019-04-25
  8. "Great place to work for some"

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    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.

    APCO Worldwide2019-03-19
  9. Helpful (7)

    "Tread carefully..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time

    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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    Advice to Management

    Hire more mid-level managers. Pay attention to what's going on with your junior staff. Be realistic about the utilization/billability numbers you're asking for. Do SOMETHING about your HR department. Try to make the workplace culture healthier--throwing weekly pizza and beer parties isn't the answer.

    APCO Worldwide2018-05-05
  10. "Great Place to Learn"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to nurture junior talent.

    APCO Worldwide2017-11-06
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