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CMD Agency Reviews

Updated April 30, 2014
Updated April 30, 2014
14 Reviews

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    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

    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
  2.  

    Mediocrity rules

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 The company feels like an old, outdated machine that refuses to change or evolve, even though brilliant engineers have come through and made constructive recommendations.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
    Negative Outlook
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    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

    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.

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  5.  

    A roller coaster ride.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Sr. Managment Stepped Up!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Stable but broken

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Love the work, the clients, the teams

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

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great employees, terrible management

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    Former Employee - Senior Producer  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Portland, OR

    Pros

    A pretty stable company with decent pay and benefits. Really great coworkers (by far the best part of working there) and a decent location with nice facilities.

    Cons

    The upper management of CMD is terrible. They don't have a good strategic vision and seem to be unwilling to listen to employees complaints on how to improve day to day operations. People who are ambitious end up getting overworked until they have no choice but to leave, resulting in pretty high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees - you have good people working for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Frustrating

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good clients, a great way to learn how the industry works.

    Cons

    Management favors a 'get-er-done' attitude, making creative talent feel more like a production shop. While this can be true on and off at many agencies, this is the prevailing feeling at CMD and can sort of suck all the fun out of your job. Also, all the 'perks' of working in advertising receive lip service here but employees are penalized for actually taking them up on those perks. Long lunches? Leaving early to pick up your kids from school? Working from home? Playing the company x-box? Not really going to happen. Working all weekend and long evenings? Totally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people who understand the media space they are working in. They also need to understand the legwork and the questions they need to ask of the client that give their team the information they need to deliver a quality product. Your continue to lose quality creative team members because you undervalue their contributions and overvalue your account team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great people, good clients, awful senior management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    Pros

    The people of CMD are its greatest asset and what makes it worth going into work every day. The environment is nice too, a old brick building in a nice location. Clients are generally pretty interesting.

    Cons

    CMD has an entrenched senior management that has litte or no interest in taking the agency past its B level status. The president regularly stocks the fridges and empties the trash which is a waste of billable hours (he doesn't play any part in getting or working with clients, he is more like an office manager). The person in charge of accounts is like a bull in a china shop on any account he becomes involved in, and the turnover for his team is really high. Other members rarely add anything of value. They recently came up with a list of company values that are farcical at best since they only apply to us, not them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The best thing you can do for the agency is find replacements for yourselves that will find us bigger, more exciting clients, taking us to A level status. Then quit. Do that and we may even miss you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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