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APCO Worldwide Reviews

Updated 20 March 2019
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Pros
  • "Flexible in holiday-taking, professional in doing business, friendly working environment" (in 17 reviews)

  • "The top-heavy nature of the firm made it a great place to learn from my superiors" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "The top-heavy nature also made for a lot of work at the junior levels and the work-life balance wasn't great" (in 7 reviews)

  • "The people at entry level positions are overworked" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Peak of public affairs"

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

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    -Diverse, collegial colleagues
    -Global reaches makes for flexible work schedules, a variety of projects and clients
    -The good managers are great managers, but not always the case
    -On a trajectory of growth

    Cons

    Success depends on manager, office.

    Advice to Management

    Make management a lateral move rather than a promotion/vertical move. Some folks are meant to lead others, some folks don't even want to.


  2. "Good variety"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good variety. Nice staff and above average salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Nothing significant to report really

  3. "London Finance - Proceed with caution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Central location. Perfect to decompress after what was probably another ordeal day.

    Cons

    Environment very close to a live version of "The Office" but with multiple David Brents. Over 100% finance staff turnover in the past year. Depressing atmosphere between bipolar outbursts and constant lying by Finance "management" (sic!). Proceed at your own risk.

    Advice to Management

    Outsourcing, or hire local European accounting staff reporting to the US HQ.


  4. "Bad office atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Salary around the average level.

    Cons

    The tone and attitude of the senior management caused a feeling of a fragmented office with very demotivated staff. Limited opportunities to grow as the management doesn't really address the promotion issue and the turnover is really high. Not many interesting accounts.


  5. "Project Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment for teaching young professionals how to conduct themselves in the workplace and talk to/manage clients.

    Fantastic fellow coworkers and peers.

    Cons

    Inflexible hierarchy. Hard or outstanding work does not help you climb the ladder any faster than your peers.

    I left at a time of extremely high staff turnover which was demoralizing.


  6. "Freelance"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at APCO Worldwide (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Young and dynamic team was lots of fun,

    Cons

    Projects tended to be mediocre and small budget.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "APCO London"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Good location and free fruit daily

    Cons

    Lack of support or training. Some directors are nasty pieces of work.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and transparent about who you work for

  8. "Almost there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at APCO Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Variety of work, top notch clients, decent early responsibility

    Cons

    Bit messy at times, office felt a bit fragmented

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the middle staff, the turnover was really high


  9. "Community focused, good skill set, but lacks focus"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Impressive international network, highly skilled workforce with good expertise/backgrounds, supportive working environment

    Cons

    Jack of all trades, master of none. Lack of stimulating work. Senior management is very poor. Culture is too unfocused

    Advice to Management

    Specialise, refocus the culture


  10. "Exciting and fast-paced work environment."

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    Current Employee - Project Consultant
    Current Employee - Project Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at APCO Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Access to clients across a myriad of industries. Great global network.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is challenging at times.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on training and mentoring junior staff and empower them to succeed.