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Coyne Public Relations Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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  1. "Wonderful Company to Work For"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Coyne Public Relations full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, amazing CEO who believes in the company and believes in his employees, room for growth though it may take time

    Cons

    Lots of events to work which translates into longer hours


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A special place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coyne Public Relations full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    What makes Coyne PR a great company? 1. An amazing staff full of really smart people who give a damn about their clients and about each other. 2. Blue-chip clients that make even the world's largest agencies envious. 3. A spirit of camaraderie fostered by teams that feel more like families. 4. Leadership that cares and is committed to the ongoing developing of talent. 5. A confident spirit that refuses to settle for less than excellence. 6. Two offices that provide the flexibility of working either in New Jersey or New York City. And on and on...

    Cons

    Not everyone can play for the Yankees. You have to be committed. You have to give 110%. You have to be smart. And you have to pull your own weight.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to what got you here. Be committed to the values and beliefs that have made Coyne PR so special. Never forget the clients, the employees and the families that have created the one-of-a-kind culture that others in the industry try (but fail) to emulate.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Coyne is a great place for both employees and clients!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coyne Public Relations full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Coyne is great! The entire agency just received raises and promotions! The agency is growing, great clients and really cool people!

    Cons

    We work hard in this industry! PR is not for the weak. It all good because the rewards are worth it!

    Advice to Management

    Keeping doing what your doing! Live your mission!


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  5. "A lot to love"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coyne Public Relations full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Terrific clients, great leadership, growth opportunities and really good space in both NYC (two floors with an outdoor terrace) and NJ (open space, bright, nail salon and putting green) . So nice to to have to have a real agency with top-notch global clients in NJ and not have to commute to NYC. Family atmosphere and a lot of long-time staffers make for a great work dynamic. They've made strides to make sure compensation in-line or above industry averages. Fun place to work with good energy - has an entrepreneurial and independent spirit.

    Cons

    PR is a 24/7 job, but a good mix of fun clients and brands makes it easier. Most staffers have a good work-life balance. You can't be a wall-flower here - have to be able to laugh at yourself, step up and speak up in meetings and brainstorms to be noticed.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be like every other agency - stay independent and keep the Coyne spirit flowing in the halls.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Still a great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They've been through some tough times this year but Tom Coyne has followed through on all his commitments. They gave competitive merit increases, adjusted salaries to match market, and promoted about 25% of the staff. On the benefits front they added cheaper plan options to already great options and are still paying 100% for STD, LTD, Life and Vision. Oh, and they also added 5-10 days to everyone's PTO plans!

    Cons

    Would like to see more team building activities as the company continues to grow to keep that small company feeling.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Good benefits, but lacking professionalism"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Coyne Public Relations full-time

    Pros

    Time off is comparable to other agencies. A few surprise half days here and there, and summer Fridays are a nice bonus (can also be found elsewhere). Holidays are standard. Unlimited sick & personal days. You get your birthday off. The benefits are also standard for most mid-size and larger agencies; medical, health, dental, vision, life insurance, disability etc. with a portion paid by the employee. It's nice to get good benefits with a smaller agency feel. Some nice clients, a few bigger names that look good on a resume. Work/life balance is generally good for most of the agency, although there are a few teams that consistently burn the midnight oil. There is a work from home policy. A handful of really great, wonderful people on staff (unfortunately not all stay long). If you're fresh out of school, it's a great opportunity to get your feet wet by getting into a lot of different industries and disciplines, and there's a lot of other junior staff around to form camaraderie with. Offices in NJ and NYC allow flexibility with commuting and exposure to different environments. The work is not necessarily challenging, but you can find opportunities to try new things. If you don't take anything too seriously, it's a fun place to work.

    Cons

    In the pros section, I said "If you don't take anything too seriously, it's a fun place to work." That's really the problem - at some point, you might feel like you want more out of your career. If that's the case, this agency isn't currently a long-term growth solution. Professionalism is lacking, and if you don't agree with the childish behavior you're "uptight" and not "tough enough", which is laughable. Decisions here are unfortunately often made emotionally, to the detriment of the staff they impact. I definitely recognize the high school/frat party vibe that other reviewers have noted. There seems to be an undercurrent of insecurity/anxiety that permeates the culture; manifesting in a lot of passive aggressive behavior. Strangest culture I've ever worked in. Organizationally, there's a lack of process and attention to detail, and significant business has been lost because of it. A lot of behind-closed-doors bullying and offensive comments made in passing that just aren't appropriate, especially for such a large company (the people making the comments don't seem to recognize how they come off, for better or worse).

    Advice to Management

    Be more buttoned-up; be more respectful and welcoming to people of different backgrounds


  8. Helpful (3)

    "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Good: A few good clients that will look good on your resume. Comfortable and inviting offices. Some professional and well intended colleagues. Decent but typical PR agency benefits. Pay scale is currently in line with the industry. Small agency feel. One can quickly move up the ranks from the lowest level to the mid level positions.

    Cons

    The Bad and the Ugly - some of the this is a repeat from other reviews which should give you an indication that they are true statements: Generally unprofessional and immature atmosphere, surprisingly most evident at the higher levels including the CEO himself. Drinking, eating and goofing off seems to sometimes trump client work. Workplace bullying is evident, again especially at the senior levels. A general lack of tolerance towards diversity (very evident behind closed doors or from listening to locker room banter). Reckless management style caused huge layoffs this past summer and nearly bankrupted the agency. Advancement from the mid levels to senior levels is difficult due to entrenched and long time senior level executives. Poor work ethic at the senior levels who are more concerned about leaving early, time off and pretending it's an advertising agency (brainstorm meeting after brainstorm meeting).

    Advice to Management

    It's been said here before and I'll echo the sentiment...Clear out the senior level dead wood! The long run effect of not doing so will eventually cause a sustained modest to serious downfall of the agency. Put a stop to the old style bullying and intolerance which eventually might manifest itself in a lawsuit. The CEO should seek outside management consulting advice.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Don't believe the hype"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Management in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Management in Parsippany, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Coyne Public Relations full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Short commute
    Nice building
    Strong admin team

    Cons

    No loyalty as evident with layoffs
    Poor job security
    Lack of benefits
    Currently overrun with untrained junior staff to reduce payroll

    Advice to Management

    Reexamine executive leadership as many are incompetent and abusive to junior staff - retraining and termination needed for some


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Not the place it used to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Coyne was started for the right reasons before everything went to hell. The benefits were great until they cut them.

    Cons

    We are overworked due to massive layoffs and financial woes. There is no job security. I have no trust in management's decisions and HR is poorly run now that half of that team was given the boot. Simply put, morale sucks and I'm looking for a new job.

    Advice to Management

    Executive leadership can be downright nasty. Some abuse work from home policies and skip out of work for many hours per day, while the rest of the team slaves away.


  11. Helpful (10)

    "Financial Disaster - Mass Layoffs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Management in Parsippany, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Coyne Public Relations full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice offices. Good mix of interesting clients. Some strong mid-level mentors.

    Cons

    Coyne just laid off about 30 people, I was one of them. My July 15 payroll did not show up in my account nor the rest of the employees accounts, without warning. Seems like the agency had no funds to make payroll. See gawker.com to learn more. Unclear what happened. CEO blames CFO and I guess he and other executive management team members screwed up. New HR team handled the layoffs terribly. Horrible situation. Before this the atmosphere was loose and party like. Sometimes it seemed like client work was second to drinking, eating, early departures and days off. Some of the senior people do little work and the only reason they are still around is because of how long they have been there. Future outlook is bleak.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house of some of the ineffective long time employees. Put client work ahead of mobile margarita carts, playing pool and eating contests!

    Coyne Public Relations Response

    Dec 23, 2016 – SVP HR

    This past summer was truly a rough spot in the road for Coyne. We know that it was very difficult for those affected. We love our employees and hated having to let even one go, including you. We ... More



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