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Found 318 of over 458 reviews
4.1
82% Recommend to a Friend
91% Approve of CEO

Found 313 of over 458 reviews

4.1
82%
Recommend to a Friend
91%
Approve of CEO
APCO Worldwide Chief Executive Officer Brad Staples (no image)
Brad Staples
124 Ratings
Pros
  • "Highly educational, you learn a lot(in 13 reviews)

  • "Nice work environment between consultants(in 26 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "work-life balance, room for higher pay(in 30 reviews)

  • "long hours, office procedures sometimes unclear(in 25 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great working environment

      24 Aug 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Supportive working environment, professional industry experts.

      Cons

      Sometimes demanding and time-sensitive working tasks

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      APCO Worldwide Response

      Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback with us. Wishing you all the best. Alison Chisnell, Senior Director, Global Talent.

    2. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Review about SEA office in Singapore

      29 Nov 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Some interesting projects to work on.

      Cons

      Turnover is way too high, and transitions are disruptive and not optimally handled.

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Diverse client mix

      19 Oct 2022 - Consultant in Rio de Janeiro
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Diverse client mix, good healthcare practices and reputation

      Cons

      Long working hour, managers need to care juniors more

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    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      APCO SEA is NOT APCO

      16 Jun 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Global client mix - diverse industries (despite the recent shift towards healthcare, which de-prioritized everything that is not 'healthcare') Feels like a government job, i.e. the more chill one. A good place to idle, spend time and move in-house. Exposure to regional and global work, including cross-market collaboration, if you are keen to work in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. hours.

      Cons

      APCO Worldwide globally as a firm has made a name for itself. For aspiring public affairs professionals, APCO is a great place to learn and grow - except for APCO SEA/Singapore. The office is run by people who are out of touch when it comes to managing a team or working on great projects that make an impact. This management change has really affected the quality of people joining the office, the quality of work that we produce, and the type of work we do. There are clear favorites in the office and this is absolutely not based on your merits. As long as you are presentable to clients, they will promote you and will not care whether you have the right skills for that level. The culture is very uninspiring. The management team is always absent from the office for some kind of trip that leads to nowhere. This leads to the team being unprofessional (without proper oversight) and there is no desire to do work well - everything is about getting things done, even if it is subpar. It was once a great place to learn and hone your ability as an advisor. Now, it is an example of what poor management can do to once a great team of competent professionals. It successfully downgraded itself from a trusted advisor to a media relations outsourcing center.

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      APCO Worldwide Response

      Chief Talent Officer

      We are disappointed to hear the observations you are sharing which do not reflect the current dynamics of the Singapore office and the office culture. We maintain a diverse portfolio of clients who have counted on us for strategic counsel for many years and are focused on bringing in more impactful work in line with our consultants’ strong capabilities in GR, PA, and PR. The leadership team of the office is proactively engaging with the team through regularly scheduled team meetings and less formal individual check-ins and interactions. Some of our leaders, depending on their roles, are specifically tasked to spend more time externally engaging with clients in the region, while others are responsible for ensuring that colleagues are mentored, supported, and guided in their work. We do not tolerate favoritism and instead recognize performance and merit through collective decision making by a leadership with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you, hear specific details, and address your concerns directly. JJ Lee, Managing Director

    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      great global network with connections

      3 May 2021 - Associate Consultant in Singapore
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      APCO exemplifies what it means to be a global company. opportunity to work on projects with team members from around the world. largely filled with colleagues and bosses who do care about your professional and personal wellbeing. provides many opportunity for learning and career growth. great corporate culture and values.

      Cons

      company needs to add more senior people in the company which will help deliver better results to clients and steer office to grow in the right direction. small team often means you are expected to juggle multiple accounts and projects at the same time.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Strong supportive team

      5 Feb 2020 - Director in Singapore
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Very smart people, interesting work and client mix, many opportunities to do meaningful work, very little hierarchy.

      Cons

      Growing teams, still working on professional development opportunities

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      2 people found this review helpful

      APCO Worldwide Response

      Human Resource Business Partner

      Thank you very much for your feedback. We appreciate your positive outlook and share your views that we have many strengths as a team. I would love to speak with you and partner on creating more professional development opportunities. Please reach out directly to me and let’s work on this together! Jesserina Li, HR Business Partner, Southeast Asia and Japan

    8. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Consultant

      20 Nov 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Focus on Technology and Pharmaceutical sectors

      Cons

      No exposure for consumer PR Short staffed

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work if you don't mind the mess

      13 Aug 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Singapore
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      Interesting projects across Southeast Asia Friendly working environment Lot of exposure if you want to Small office

      Cons

      Lack of structure Poor management Small office Low salaries

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      APCO

      7 Aug 2015 - Executive Director in Singapore
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Family-owned business in the professional services sector.

      Cons

      Moves a tad slow for a fast-changing industry.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    11. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Love APCO

      17 Nov 2022 - Project Assistant in Washington, DC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      People are great and I love the working environment

      Cons

      Remote work can cause communication issues

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    APCO Worldwide has an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5, based on over 458 reviews left anonymously by employees. 82% of employees would recommend working at APCO Worldwide to a friend and 81% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 12% over the last 12 months.

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    82% of APCO Worldwide employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated APCO Worldwide 3.4 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.2 for culture and values and 4.1 for career opportunities.

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