The CDM Group Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
92 Reviews
3.3
92 Reviews
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The CDM Group Chairman and CEO Ed Wise
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62 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of structure, very smart people at different levels, and high motivation to produce solid work (in 9 reviews)

  • Hard-working, smart teams - day-to-day nice people (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Lots of HR Turnover, better idea of a work/life balance, more availability to work in other locations with the exception of NJ/NJ (in 5 reviews)

  • Intense rivalries and internal politics distract the senior management from actually running the business (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Strong culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The CDM Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great group of people who are passionate about making CDM the best agency it can be. Great work, smart people, high standards and expectations.

    Cons

    Not everyone can meet the standards that are set, and that is not a bad thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Art Supervisor  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Art Supervisor in New York, NY

    I have been working at The CDM Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good opportunities to take charge of.

    Cons

    Tendency for people to become complacent and not innovative

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Office politics and mediocrity abound

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The CDM Group full-time

    Pros

    Well respected company, some of senior leadership are quite talented

    Cons

    Large amount of recent turnover - lots of top talent have left (or, more accurately, have been pushed out) and overall employee morale is very low. Mediocre people remain because of their ability to cow tow to the C-Suite with little if any substantive contribution. Senior leadership talks about the 4 values ad nauseam, however, lacks the introspection to be actually able to live these values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you say you will and live the company values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Top-heavy company buried in politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at The CDM Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on myriad brands and projects alongside young talent

    Cons

    Little to no support, particularly from the top down. HR is absent, certain departments favored over others (eg, creative and account). Lack of opportunity for career advancement despite senior leadership continuing to receive promotions and praise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start appreciating and rewarding your masses before they all jump ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Company encourages employee growth through cultivating a culture of learning and new, interesting thinking.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at The CDM Group full-time

    Pros

    Smart people in a great environment where learning is encouraged. Leadership is concerned with providing high quality work AND is interested in staff personally. You feel that people really care about helping you build your career here.

    Cons

    Not located in NYC. Great energy, but located outside major metro area. If you don't need to be right in the city, it's hard to beat CDM Princeton.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting atmosphere, friendly people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at The CDM Group as a contractor

    Pros

    There is a very social, fun atmosphere which I liked but don't get me wrong, everyone works their tails off. At least in my experience. If you are energetic and outgoing this is a great fit. Good perks like inter-office parties and fitness discounts.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, I was only freelance hoping to go full time but due to budget issues they had to let me go. Could be a bit disorganized and frantic at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to work hard, be acknowledged and do good.

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at The CDM Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work (for the most part) with very smart, talented, creative, hardworking and nice people. Senior Leadership is accessible, approachable and open. Lots of opportunity for growth. The CDM Group is a growing, successful and profitable group of Agencies. Bonuses, time off between Christmas and New Years. Annual Summer and Holiday Parties. Recently most of the Agencies gave their staff new I-Pad mini's or I-Pad airs including the Shared Services teams (Finance, Facilities, HR and Business Development)!!! Internal and external training available. Free fruit (apples, oranges, bananas etc) and lots of coffee options. We also have a "Good Works Day", support the art program for sick kids at Children's Hospital at Montifiore with both monthly excursions of staff to go do arts and crafts with sick kids and an we coordinate an Industry wide annual fundraiser to pay for the program coordinators at Montifiore. AHA is another big cause that we support with a variety of programs,

    Cons

    As with any organizations there are things one would like to be different because of personal preferences. Every department is different. I often see people leave because they think the grass is greener somewhere else only to come back here. From my perspective this is a fabulous place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    not much to compare with

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The CDM Group

    Pros

    great people, my studio manager is great to work with, understanding of personal stuff

    Cons

    HR and Finance seems to treat people like numbers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great place to work and advance.

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    Current Employee - Copy Supervisor  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Copy Supervisor in New York, NY

    I have been working at The CDM Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good accountability structure, good pay, plenty of time off.

    Cons

    There are no downsides. Unless you hate New York City.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Would rather be homeless than work here.

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    Current Employee - Interactive Designer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Interactive Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at The CDM Group as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    none that I can think of unless you think corporate slavery is a pro. they are very good at controlling the movements of employees and sticking there noses into your personal life.

    Cons

    Very hostile, back-stabbing environment from all levels of employees. Everyone that works there suffers from depression, lack of self-esteem and weird work related health issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit. get therapy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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