Cadient Group Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
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  1.  

    Easily the best job I've ever had.

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    Current Employee - Account in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Account in King of Prussia, PA

    I have been working at Cadient Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Positive working environment. Work hard and you will be rewarded. Open and creative people who foster creativity. Buckets of company culture and pride. Honest management. Open communication lines. Fearless leader who knows what is best for the agency. The only reviewers that come to this site usually are here to vent. Ignore those reviews, this is easily the best agency in pharma.

    Cons

    Creative, tech and account are like three distinctly separate agencies which can be a challenge at times. Can be hard to understand reporting structure at first but it becomes clearer after time. Late hours come with the territory. Either commit to late hours or don't work in pharma.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't reward with promotions. Reward with comp days! More company gatherings would be nice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    A lot of chest beating

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cadient Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very nice people in the rank and file. Company allows for a lot of flexibility. Have recently hired some good people on their strategy team. Expect to work hard.

    Cons

    Severely understaffed. Very weak creative. Promote people who don't deserve it. Like a lot of small agencies, they live and die by their client relationships. Blames employees when work can't get done because there is no one to do it. Don't expect them to stand up for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your office and engage your employees. You might find some good ideas. Take a serious look at your creative team. The folks at the top are either hostile or absent. You're making your own problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nothing but LIES. Don't even consider working at this dump.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA

    I have been working at Cadient Group

    Pros

    Non-management (peers) co-workers are awesome. There are some genuinely very cool, very hard-working, creative, highly-skilled (undervalued) people here.

    Cons

    I would say the incessant lying is a bit of a problem. Nobody ever knows what it going on, people's heads are left spinning from working around the clock with zero appreciation.

    You're not rewarded for working 24-7, you're simply expected to do so. There's so much more time spent in meetings talking about working as opposed to actually doing it.

    DO NOT let their "it's an agency environment!" BS line trick you into thinking you have to kill yourself for these people. There's no reward! The only thing you'll end up with is a Rx for anti-anxiety meds and grey hair.

    It goes so far beyond simple dishonesty here. These people are complete frauds! They don't care about their employees in the least, I know its hard to see things clearly when you haven't slept in months from constantly working, but don't be fooled by them. Everything they promise you will never happen. They dangle that carrot, but there's NO chance you'll ever get it. They'd rather let it rot then reward anyone deserving.

    Management, which, for some odd reason, seems to be a title given to more than 60% of the employees, is completely disconnected. They take days off and just send you emails every 30 minutes demanding to "see your progress" while you're tearing your hair out trying to get everything done. Their level of expectation is completely unrealistic - it's them, not you. They bring people on with all of these fantastic promises which are always JUST out of reach. You can be assured they will remain out of reach. If you complain? You'll be fired and replaced with a constant rotation of "freelancers."

    You can arrive at 7am, work right through lunch, and when 7pm rolls around, someone will still come up and ask, without hesitation, for you to add an EXTRA project to your plate and "get it done tonight. You can work on it after you get home." And they will do this every day. Don't think you're getting anywhere by actually giving up your life and sanity to accomplish their (awful) projects because there will be NO reward in it for you. Trust everyone on this board (except the odd random positive reviews, which I can only suggest were written by management or HR to trick people into working here). This place shouldn't even exist. I have no idea how they're still in business. I guess being sleazy really does pay off...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Truthfully, the best advice would be to say "drive your undeserved luxury cars onto the nearest set of railroad tracks, stop there, and just wait." but, if I must be constructive I will suggest that they give honesty a shot. Oh, and maybe act like adults, rather than openly mocking employees much like elementary school children would. It's rather anti-motivational to hear someone's boss doing an impression of a fellow employee and calling them "entitled" for simply expecting you to follow-through on your promises. Try actually following through on your promises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    This is not your "city" agency

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at Cadient Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people at here are wonderful. Cadient doesn't typically have entry to junior roles, creating a large staff of seasoned professionals with a diversity of experiences and skills. Also, since the technology is done in-house, you are closer to the development of projects. This gives you the benefit of learning how the technology works–not just turning over the final product to the client.

    Cadient's portfolio of projects and clients have rapidly expanded.

    A recent implementation of a "cloud" work environment allows for a nice work/life balance, especially when having children. There is an open "work-from-home" policy when needed.

    The health benefits is one of the best high-deductible plans I have ever seen.

    My direct and executive manager were responsive during any hurdles faced during my time at Cadient.

    Cons

    Cadient Group is an advertising agency. Cadient being an independent agency, the structure is a bit different. If you understand the expectations of agency life and recognize that this isn't a "networked" agency, there really isn't any surprises. Agency life is what it is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Agencies struggle with employee retention due to unclear career paths. Revamp yearly employee performance reviews with multiple touch-points throughout the year. Have managers put forth a great focus on keeping an open dialog with their employee(s) on what their projected career path is 3, 6, and 12 months out and what is needed for them to take the next step, weather it's personal or company growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    great people, great work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in King of Prussia, PA

    I have been working at Cadient Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    flexibility with being able to work from home. great co workers, some cutting edge projects

    Cons

    dealing with overseas resources, resources burning more time than they should on projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give more recognition to employees and listen to the feedback given from people who leave cadient. a lot of people feel the same way as they do, but will stick around, but who know's for how long. the workers are who make the company, so you need to listen to them too

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Narcissism Central

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    Current Employee - Tech in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Tech in King of Prussia, PA

    I have been working at Cadient Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great people to work with.. great culture (as long as management isn't around)

    Cons

    no good ideas are accepted unless the president or chief "innovation" officer thinks of it. micromanagement galore. the only people held accountable for poor performance are the people doing the work. CEO does not realize that clients are turned off by him - and they believe he thinks way too highly of himself and his ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    realize that the same core group has been there for too long and are ineffective.. it's no longer the mid 2000's when everyone was paying top dollar because they needed a website - so your glory days are behind you. your ideas are stale - and what you call strategy is not strategy. stop trying to be everything to everyone and just build websites. that's your skill.

    you should also mothball the technology and "solutions". they are antiquated and don't hold a candle to the competition. TONS of $$ wasted... the CTO doesn't understand why our clients think it's garbage.. he's obviously not doing his competitive research - or he's drinking too much of that kool aide the CEO keeps brewing. no one here (in the group of productive workers) are drinking it. we don't believe for one second that there are any incentives coming our way any time soon either.

    lastly, HR should stop looking at their recruiter as the answer to their talent retention problems. seems like HR would rather focus on finding new hires rather than making people happy and keeping them here.. if you complain, you're the enemy.. head of HR likes walking the halls and giving the evil eye rather than speaking face to face with someone and working out problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst job I've ever had

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cadient Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A lot of good, honest, smart and creative people work there. Flexible schedule and ability to work remotely.

    Cons

    The expectation is that employees are available 24/7. They let you go to sleep at 1am, but expect that you'll be working around the clock. I don't know why anyone sticks around. The company also wastes a lot of money on middle-management and "project managers" who are really traffic directors and offer little value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your employees and clients a favor and close the business. The world would be a better place with Cadient Group.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Co-workers, Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Tech in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Tech in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at Cadient Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly, smart and helpful coworkers
    Reasonable flexibility in schedule work/life balance
    Work from home when needed
    Gained good experience working on marketing and pharmaceutical industry projects
    It seemed like the company is moving toward positive financial growth

    Cons

    False promises of incentive compensation
    Head of Tech team disconnected from team and workload
    Offshore team delivers poor work
    CEO misleads employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have smart employees, so learn to listen to them and treat them with fairness and respect

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Disconnected management and employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cadient Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers
    Flexible working environment
    Compensation is average

    Cons

    Senior management is so disconnected from employees who do the work. They hardly listen to the employees. All employee input goes to deaf ears. CEO who blindly believe everything the rest of the management tells.

    While Lower level employees are the ones who get the work done, they are also the ones who get blamed and fired when something goes wrong because of bad management who eventually gets promoted every year. Employees are hardly recognized for their good work.

    Tech team is overworked and exhausted. Tech management is clueless and disconnected from what's happening in the industry. Always spends time on useless projects that gets trashed later or reworked due to poor planning. Offshore team gets blamed all the time. You get what you pay for. The job responsibilities while joining the tech team will not be the same after you join. be ready for 100% more work without any extra pay or compensation or appreciation. All employees are expected to be available 24/7. The employee retention rate in this team is around 10-15%.

    Salary is average. Bonus is only on papers. That's how it has been for the last five years. Bargain up front.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees don't trust you. They very well know that you lie. Gets your act together and start respecting them. Reduce the number of managers and increase the number of those who do the actual work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lying liars and other swill merchants...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cadient Group full-time

    Pros

    The coworkers are the best. If you want to make friends that will last for a long time, these coworkers are awesome. Smart, personable and relatable.

    Cons

    Uneducated but buzzword compliant management are promoted while underlings are kept in the dark and expected to be available 24/7. Actually heard an exec ask if staff was available 24/7. The exec mindset there is you are never off the clock and yet, you won't get promoted, get a raise or a bonus.

    There is absolutely no accountability at the top and, as a result, layoffs are a routine occurrence; but yet, no change in leadership. It's a wonder if anyone is awake during their board meetings. Cadient never met their numbers and yet leadership never changed. Their attrition rate is extremely high, i know that the tech staff has had an almost 100% turnover in last 2 years.

    Project timelines are ridiculous and arbitrary and the reliance on a overworked and under-performing off-shore team, creates serious quality concerns for all levels of products and services. Quality is routinely overruled by exec management to get things out the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gut the entire management team. See what you can salvage and then sell the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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