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Cone Communications Reviews

Updated March 2, 2017
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  1. "Great place to kickstart CSR communications career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Cone Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    + Small team ripe with opportunities to grow and larn
    + Great brand recognition in the CSR/social impact space

    Cons

    + Junior level employees are overworked, leading to burnout
    + Culture took a hit after publicly-traded parent company suffered in the stockmarket, leading to budget cuts and hiring freeze


  2. "They don't walk the walk."

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    Former Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cone Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great clients. Regular promotions. Plenty of travel. High profile work. Best option in Boston to work for mainstream brands. Great CSR legacy.

    Cons

    Leadership exceptionally concerned with employees getting pregnant. Having a baby will end career growth options. Poor flextime and work from home options. Mandatory 9 hour work day, or unable to be considered full-time.

    Advice to Management

    Take a page from what you counsel your clients and develop a progressive working environment.


  3. "Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great selection of brands and clients

    Cons

    Ongoing layoffs create negative environment


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  5. "LOVE CONE"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Really, it's the good people here that makes all the difference. I've never seen a company of over 60 employees where everyone is so good to each other and are just decent human beings. The creativity, intelligence and client services at Cone is exceptional. The company also truly cares for the quality of life of their employees and strives to create a great work-life balance. The client work is stellar and the majority of the clients are happy with Cone as their agency, which is rare. I am so happy being a part of this "family."

    Cons

    The pay is a little low for cost of living in Boston, but that seems to be more of a PR industry problem. Though I do hope they cherish their employees and rectify it.


  6. "Great place to start out in PR"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Boston, MA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Cone was my first agency position after college and I had an amazing, beneficial experience. There is a wide variety of services Cone provides allowing for employees to really gain a diverse and valuable skill set. The professional development and mentoring system Cone has established really allows for employees to hone in on skills they excel at as well as improve in areas important to the agency/field. Whether you are a rookie to the PR/Marketing world or a vetran with years of experience, Cone provides the ability for great professional growth as well as a much needed work/life balance.

    Cons

    As most would say about any company, the more company outings/happy hours the better! Continue to engage employees with fun, lighthearted activities.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and continue appreciating employees as much as you can!


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    "Excellent place to gain meaningful and useful experience in PR"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Cone Communications part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Mentors and staff treat interns like colleagues. Your work and opinions count.

    Cons

    Integrating intern workspaces with those of staffers would make the experience a bit better.


  8. "Brand Communications Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    A really good first internship experience. Great mentor program. Other interns were great to work with.

    Cons

    Some days there wasn't much to do. There was an 'intern room' that had us all put in one place.


  9. "Burn Out Inevitable"

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

    I worked at Cone Communications full-time

    Pros

    -Big name clients
    -Consumer PR shop in Boston
    -Good office location in Back Bay
    -Great work from home and flex policy
    -Early release (3:00 Fridays, 1:00 summer Fridays)

    Cons

    -Total burnout
    -Works staff like dogs; expecting them to stay late and work massive overtime with no extra compensation
    -Incompetence at the executive level (nice people but bad at business)
    -Lots of people quitting and often
    -Little to no mentorship/career development opportunities
    -Low pay, even for PR
    -No bonuses due to poor budget forecasting and management

    Advice to Management

    Listen and change things when people tell you they're overworked. You'll keep people from quitting that way.


  10. "Great company but slow to adopt change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cone Communications full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, great CSR work and thought leadership, very transparent policies and great company outings. Lots of great processes and policies in place for employee growth. Moving to a new, better office in 2017.

    Cons

    Lots of internal meetings, conference calls and emails. Lacking digital/social expertise and in-house talent, a little behind in embracing emerging trends. Slow to adopt new approaches and thinking.


  11. "Nonexistent culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Cone Communications has a nice client roster

    Cons

    There is a nonexistent "culture" at Cone Communications. The lower-level employees are completely overworked, the interns are treated poorly and have to sit in an oversized closet off the kitchen, the employees are cliquey, and the culture, if you can even call it that, just doesn't exist. The company has no personality and no regard for the employees.


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