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Updated December 15, 2017
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  1. "Full Time Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Cone is such an amazing place. The people are so nice and easy to talk to, and now they moved to a new location, much closer to the metropolitan area. Great CSR works, lots of outstanding clients, great place to learn if you want to get CSR/corporate philanthropy experience. You will love here!!

    Cons

    Not too much internal growth opportunities because Cone is slowly adapting to many of Porter Novelli's workstyle. Mid-level executives are the backbone of the company but they're overworking and taking on too many roles. Cone is making changes but it's still so slow.

    Advice to Management

    Please provide feedback to everyone on the team, it's crucial you're talking to everyone.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cone Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart and aggressive employees
    work from home Fridays
    new offices
    new location
    curious and helpful co-workers

    Cons

    Leadership is beyond terrible. Widespread belief among employees that Senior Leadership team as a whole is untrustworthy, lack vision or any understanding of challenges for account staff. The very high turnover of the agency over the past three years is evidence of that. They won't tell anyone this but Cone has gone from 110 employees 3 years ago to now only 50. It's really bad.

    Advice to Management

    They need to replace sr. management. The recent firing of the CEO was long overdue and should be just the start.

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "Great training ground for PR professionals"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cone Communications full-time

    Pros

    High-quality clients with reputable brands
    Smart employees at all levels
    Excellent intern opportunities
    Social workplace - work hard, play hard
    Motivated by important values (honesty, ethics, etc.)

    Cons

    Vision and path of the company isn't always clear (from senior management)
    True work/life balance can be a challenge - there's a 24/7 expectation


  7. "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.

  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. "Straightforward PR Internship...nothing crazy or unique"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    If you've never had a PR internship, Cone is great! You'll learn all the basics and have the opportunity to use tools like Cision. The other interns and I were able to eventually take on assignments on our own that were really helpful to our mentors.

    Cons

    -The intern room is very isolated.
    -There are slow days where your mentor is too busy to continuously give you assignments so you spend a lot of time on your phone.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing I can think of. I never saw or engaged with management so I can't speak on their influence on the intern program.


  10. "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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