APCO Worldwide Reviews

Updated Aug 5, 2020

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APCO Worldwide Chief Executive Officer Brad Staples (no image)
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64 Ratings
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  • "Flexible working from home, great hard working environment and sociable(in 20 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Experience will depend on your team"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Account Manager 

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow and work on diverse projects

    Cons

    Office politics plays a prominent role

    APCO Worldwide Response

    October 18, 2019

    Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. I’d be interested in understanding more about how you experienced any office politics, as we place a high emphasis on collaboration at APCO, so it would be great to get some insight into any areas where that is not working so well. Please do give me a call or send me an email on the address below. Alison Chisnell Global Talent Director achisnell@apcoworldwide.com

  2. Helpful (6)

    "project assistant"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    good work life balance cross-office collaboration young and dynamic team travel opportunity and inter-office exchange opportunoty interesting project and client types

    Cons

    office pliticis, a lot of women in the office and gossip around, high employee turnover, pressure to get new clients


  3. "Very exhausting"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Bright and motivated colleagues; some big and exciting projects and clients.

    Cons

    Work-life balance was bad; overworked staff and bad internal organisation.

    APCO Worldwide Response

    August 7, 2020Chief Talent Officer

    Thank you very much for sharing your feedback. We are very fortunate to work with such passionate and motivated colleagues at APCO doing very purposeful work. I understand that the recent several months have been particularly challenging given the remote work arrangements during a global pandemic. We are all working together on creating supportive and balanced work environment. If you have additional feedback about your experience, please feel free to reach out to me directly. Agnieszka Yank, Chief Talent Officer

  4. "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!

  5. "Good place to work but not forever"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    interesting projects big/notable clients good benefits team environment (most of the time)

    Cons

    OT, stressful, tight deadlines management is not empathetic on you to do unrelated project work (like internal work, branding etc..) low pay

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to Work At"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, very interested in employees' professional development, lots of flexibility, and good opportunities for international experience

    Cons

    Low pay compared to similar firms, executives have made a number of questionable decisions about firm direction and clients

  7. "Solid for career development"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    professional development, strong community, great co-workers, good client work

    Cons

    low starting salary, challenging clients

  8. "STAY AWAY FROM FINANCE"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    There are absolutely no pros about this company. It mentally and emotionally broke me. I was treated like absolute dirt and often ignored or given filthy looks. I was bullied by senior management

    Cons

    Finance are bullies. I have never felt so sick just by coming into work. Being made fun of and hearing horrible things about past staff from directors. Then being treated like a slave with zero appreciation. Day by day I was getting depressed and anxious from the way I was treated here

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    APCO Worldwide Response

    June 17, 2020Chief Talent Officer

    I am deeply concerned by your comments and am so sorry to hear that you felt this way. We take very seriously our employees’ well-being and overall experience and we have a zero tolerance for bullying behavior. This is certainly not in line with APCO’s culture and values. I would like to understand more about what happened, so that I can take steps to address the issues you raise. Please do reach out to me so that we can talk further and I am committed to taking swift action to improve this. Agnieszka Yank, Chief Talent Officer

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Strategic PR Firm"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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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  10. Helpful (5)

    "a very good agency"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Communications in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    - really interesting clients - very clever colleagues, from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities

    Cons

    - always busy, can be quite high pressure - given it's a global agency it can be hard to ignore emails in the evening etc

    APCO Worldwide Response

    March 25, 2020

    We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for sharing your experience on Glassdoor and wishing you all the best in your new role! Perhaps our paths will cross again one day.

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