CMD Agency

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CMD Agency Reviews

Updated November 14, 2014
Updated November 14, 2014
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Nothing but good

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    Former Employee - IT ASSISTANT in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - IT ASSISTANT in Portland, OR

    I worked at CMD Agency part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, management, and job duties. Very engaged yet somehow relaxed staff.

    Cons

    Parking can be a little iffy sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Negative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CMD Agency full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance and comfortable environment. Co-workers are nice (depending on the team). The work parties can be fun. Some of the projects can be fun.

    Cons

    Much of the company is negative toward technical group (developers, etc), and people are frequently "thrown under the bus." Proactive improvements, training, and innovation are frequently talked about, but never done. Talented people always ended up frustrated. Integrity is not a priority.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Where's the "creative" in creative media development?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CMD Agency

    Pros

    There is a lot of talent at CMD. Work/life balance is better than at other agencies. Good location.

    Cons

    Things have gone downhill dramatically in last 2-3 years. Poor communication from executive level. Little to no transparency into organizational changes that affect the culture they claim to care about repairing. Huge rift between account management and creative and production staff that continues to go unattended (if not unnoticed.) HR is there for management and corporate, not for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the layer of stiff, out-of-touch management and allow more creative and internal development-minded leaders to rise to the top. Put effort into making it a better place to work.

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  5.  

    A production house more than a creative agency, but a good place to boost your skill set.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CMD Agency full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of really cool people and some pretty cool projects. Good work life balance as the shop empties, for the most part, at 5:30pm. Very stable company.

    Cons

    Account Directors rule the roost. Sr. Management is disconnected from the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't underestimate the value of your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Mediocrity rules

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CMD Agency full-time

    Pros

    Parking, location (if you want NW PDX)

    Cons

    Change for the better is unlikely to happen. The company feels like an old, outdated machine that refuses to change or evolve, even though brilliant engineers have come through and made constructive recommendations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the dead weight and reward the worker bees.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  7.  

    Your experience is highly dependent on your immediate group of coworkers. One of those love-it-or-hate-it experiences.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at CMD Agency full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Most of your co-workers are very good at what they do. Others are downright stellar! I was pleasantly surprised at the high level of sheer competency in most areas. Client base is pretty impressive, too, for what looks from the outside like a mid-tier agency.

    Cons

    Rigorous billable hours standards can lead to hyper-competitive co-workers. Some workgroups seem to lack strategic focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    These folks could benefit from putting less management emphasis on sales, and more on talent management within the agency.

  8.  

    A roller coaster ride.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CMD Agency full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, comfortable work environment. The company sponsors fun events such as soccer outings, golf tournaments, etc. The work can be good if the professionals who work here are left alone and trusted to do their jobs.

    Cons

    Management has no trust in their employees. The CEO micromanages and gives off an air that employees are out to screw him over. There is too much emphasis on trying to create a culture of cool instead of letting it happen organically. You can't dictate culture!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees more. Or at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr. Managment Stepped Up!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CMD Agency full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I get to work with some of the brightest, smartest, creative and caring individuals in my career. It's the quality of the people that make CMD one of the best companies I have worked for.

    Stable and profitable. GREAT clients.

    Cons

    The company is changing for the better yet slowly. A bit on the pragmatic side but okay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the Directors Council in place and allow this group of leaders to drive change. Appreicate the improved communication on CMD's strategic direction and progress. Nice to see the executive managment team step up.

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Stable but broken

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CMD Agency full-time

    Pros

    It’s big and established enough that it can weather economic storms. There is a small group of people who really care about doing a good job and who have the talent to make collaborating rewarding when rare opportunities for creativity arise. The location is great, too.

    Cons

    Ineffectiveness and unprofessional behavior is widely tolerated and even enabled. Sadly, the senior management appears to be coasting. Growth opportunities are limited and the best members of the staff are rarely given opportunities to push the company forward. The insurance is horrible. And for a company that promotes its clients’ “work anywhere” technologies, telecommuting is rarely allowed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You still have talented employees. Don’t take them for granted. And stop giving so many second chances to people who aren’t doing their jobs (which is not the same thing as having lower billable hours).

    Doesn't Recommend
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  11.  

    Love the work, the clients, the teams

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    Current Employee - Writer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Writer in Portland, OR

    I have been working at CMD Agency full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, talented teams, great work environment. I am for the most part very happy. Despite what one reviewer stated, I have seen and experienced a significant commitment to work/life balance and flexibility in schedule/working from home.

    Cons

    I have the same frustrations that other reviewers have posted: lack of executive leadership, no raises based on performance (although I hear that this is changing), no bonuses/compensation for creatives who work the extra hours to win new work, plenty of space for weaker employees to coast (and lack of repercussions if/when they do).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate teams based on profitability and winning new business. This will reduce waste (by peer pressure, if nothing else) and ensure commitment/motivation for all team members to "go the extra mile."

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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