Cadient Group

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Cadient Group Reviews

Updated November 27, 2014
Updated November 27, 2014
45 Reviews
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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    The beatings will continue until performance improves

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    Former Employee - Administrative Staff
    Former Employee - Administrative Staff

    I worked at Cadient Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Tech and Creative staff were very cool people.

    Cons

    NOBODY is running the show. There really are no leaders there anymore. 5+ years no bonus and no raise yet Management gets promotions . . . ??

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There may still be some good people there, the leadership has to change, and I don't mean SW. Too many of the VP / director level management are completely out of touch with their staff and only in it for themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to get experience

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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

    very cool atmosphere, great work environment, very flexible job, with laptops, and the ability to work from home. very creative minds coming up with good products to the clients

    Cons

    salary not competitive with with other companies with the same job title. ability of management not always up to par with expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    spend money in better places in order to further the growth of this potentially great company. listen more to employee feedback.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    wow

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at Cadient Group

    Pros

    almost want to put not applicable! but i will say, most of my co-workers were cool. a lot of the people who left were great, now it seems like everyone is trying to leave.

    Cons

    management decisions, layoffs, strategic vision is hardly believable. employee morale is low. the exciting new offices are rather lame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be honest with your employees. they don't believe what you're saying.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    work harder, not smarter

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

    I have been working at Cadient Group

    Pros

    it is a place to work, and they do pay you. You can pretty much get away with anything because no one pays attention to you unless you're senior management.

    Cons

    The retards are running the zoo. Promotions to people who don't deserve it. They are trying to sell stuff to clients that didn't work in the 90s. Creativity is squashed in favor of strategy, and making the client happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the CEO, start trusting the employees you hired.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    All stick, no carrot

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Conshohocken, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Conshohocken, PA

    I worked at Cadient Group

    Pros

    Coworkers are generally very bright and fun to work with. The work is challenging and interesting, and it involves cutting-edge Web technology. The benefits package is better than adequate.

    Cons

    Relentless expectation (often demands) for long hours of overtime well into the night and over weekends -- including explicit instruction to cancel any personal plans -- without any additional compensation or even any possibility for comp time, coupled with hours docked from you paycheck if you sleep in and show up late in the morning. (I have seen people not only docked but actually repremanded for sleeping in and showing up at 11 a.m. after being required to work without extra pay till 2 a.m. the night before.) Lots of last-minute work done way too fast to allow for quality control, and the result is a lot of sloppy work and lost accounts. Virtually no communication from the top about important management decisions; when I was there it was impossible to get an organizational chart, and the various work groups had abstract names that had no functional meaning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Institute montly skip-level meetings for ALL employees, and take the feedback seriously. Stop thinking that the employees are driven to perform only for the sake of company profits, unless you can really guarantee that everyone gets a share of profit. You need to give other good motivation for people to care. FInally, stop docking time off if you won't pay overtime. You need to institute a comp time policy asap or else don't be surprised if employees get together on a class action suit to recoup their hundreds of hours of uncompensated labor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lacks the respect to those that keep the business afloat

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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

    Co-workers are talented and conscientious individuals. Satisfying client needs are high on employees agenda. Great place to start out a career.

    Cons

    Senior management looks for increased revenue while wearing down employee morale. No respect for the employees. I'd love to give my all to help the company succeed, but the lack of recognition and respect sucks you dry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retool the management team with new blood. The management team is completely unaware of the mood of the floor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strategic, yet ugh

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

    I have been working at Cadient Group

    Pros

    Strategic for the healthcare industry--good strategic leadership. Allows employees to manage their own personal schedules. Respects the biz dev process. Good research team

    Cons

    Not necessarily client-focused. Unimpressive creative. Allows too much flexibility of team members. Too much emphasis on internal needs rather than client growth needs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue focusing on ideas and new business, but allow for greater emphasis and flexibility on inline growth rather than internal processes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Kind of, sort of...

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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

    I work with some of the best people I've ever met. I can honestly say that I've made true friends here.

    Cons

    I don't agree with everything that's been posted here. Our CEO is not a glorified PM, but he is a hell of a salesman (the best I've ever met). With that said, there's a big difference between being a salesman and a CEO. His recent trend of going on every little pitch and presentation that comes along suggests we are desperate. And any potential client would pick up on that. It's dangerous to establish the company's CEO as being too accessible.

    Beyond that, Cadient is clearly headed into purely consulting territory. There is very little value placed on creativity. The company does nothing to foster creative productivity or quality. Instead, it settles on mediocre product that pales in comparison to its own work just 2 years ago.

    PMs have not been properly trained. Designers are treated like children and consequently act like children.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cadient's senior management is nothing short of passive aggressive. They send out email reminders of company policy instead of speaking to the one or two employees who need to be spoken with. Management does NOTHING to enforce process, which is directly responsible for projects going overbudget (and it happens consistently). Nobody here is interested an being the authority figure.

    Blank walls, tan carpet and cubicles are not inspiring anybody. 2 years without raises or bonuses, and essentially taking a pay-cut to pay our new health insurance provider for similar coverage that we had prior to switching is not incentive for anyone to stay.

    PERCEPTION IS REALITY. If it looks like Cadient doesn't care about it's employees, it might as well not. I believe management actually does care. They can't afford not to. But they need to be more conscious of the decisions they're making.

    Disapproves of CEO

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