CMD Agency Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    So much potential stymied.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CMD Agency full-time

    Pros

    CMD is a powerhouse of talent and resources. 150 people, onsite Creative, WebDev, Film/Video, Strategy, Media. These people would love to be a great strategic integrated marketing agency. When I tell friends to apply here, I say that the executives are coasting to retirement and when they're gone the agency could blossom.

    Cons

    The executives spin their wheels messing with whatever is working so they can take credit and justify their pay, and ignore what is failing. They appear to think of clients as mysterious miracle money, and have no idea who the the clients even are, even when they visit the agency. They think of employees as necessary evils, dangerous to their own success. The agency's corporate owners would do everybody a favor by demanding and sharing at least job descriptions from these executives. What do they do besides pull reports and fly around the country going to dinners? Their roles should be assessed and -if the role is needed- they should have to interview for them. The agency's culture is polluted by their disengagement, and because of that and the focus on bookkeeping over client needs, good people either try to work around the system or else just leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The parent company should assess the roles of the executive team. Executives should interact with clients--more than just pulling spreadsheets. They should understand the clients business and know what the agency does and could do for them. The executive team couldn't walk a client through a strategy plan of any kind or in any marketing discipline. They are not marketers, they don't like marketing and they don't like clients.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    company is technology challenged

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    Former Contractor - Web Developer in Portland, OR
    Former Contractor - Web Developer in Portland, OR

    I worked at CMD Agency as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    always good coffee available, nice desks, good looking office space

    Cons

    as far as Tech goes (I worked as a web developer), they are seriously challenged. Tech employees are mediocre and managers have no idea what they are doing. The new CTO is a "git er dun" guy but from the looks of things while I was there, kept hiring incompetent people while cleaning house of employees who had been there before (who were also incompetent).

    They seem to not really understand technology nor what exactly they want to do with it. Most of their tech projects seem to be simple one page web sites and when they inherited a big project (which I was brought in to help with), they had no idea what was going on most of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    figure out what you want to be and hire more talented people. Also, too many managers, the ratio of managers to employees is way off scale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 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 a 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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  5. 3 people 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.

  6. 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    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
    Negative Outlook
  8. 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 a 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.

  9. 2 people found this helpful

    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
    Negative Outlook
  10. 2 people 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 a 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
    Positive Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    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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