Cadmus Group

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Cadmus Group Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
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    Analyst

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Cadmus Group

    Pros

    Freedom to take your career any direction you want. Everyone is willing to mentor, if you ask.
    If you work hard (read: late), you will get promoted quickly. If not, you could stay in the same position for 5 years.
    Get to work on huge variety of projects.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance. Not unusual to see people working until 10pm.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Analyst in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Cadmus Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, nerdy but helpful and the company is transition from small to medium size.

    Cons

    Pay is hardly competitive and they expect a lot from you without that much pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your staff more!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cadmus Group

    Pros

    responsibility given early on in career with room for growth

    Cons

    like most contractors, long hours and tight budgets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    allow for formal training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    It helped my resume, but I don't think I'd go back.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Cadmus Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They accept your experience and expect you to step up from day 1. They have flex time and a flexible work schedule. Anyone Associate-level and below is great to work with and all highly motivated. If you can play the game, are self-motivated, and your are a favorite of the clients and Cadmus staff, you can learn a lot and really build your resume, but even as one of those people, I still left quickly to get out of the environment.

    Cons

    There are tons of politics at Cadmus. Key management were out for themselves and quite vindictive, causing complete distrust among the staff. Many of the upper-level folks were poor mentors and did not actually have strong skills themselves, besides general project management. This gave opportunities to younger staff, but also caused severe stress to junior staff because they weren't given helpful direction. Cadmus did have some great mentors, but they tended to be Associates who were blocked from moving up, and consequently, didn't hang around long. Compensation was moderate to low. Senior Associates expected everyone under them to turnover every 2 years -- they were very honest about this and their management style fueled the cycle. Favorites were played regularly. Clients were babied; the clients tended to be highly dramatic and the Cadmus staff would jump to please them constantly instead of having grownup, honest conversations. This caused a lot of yo-yoing to the work and pigeonholing of both "favorite" Cadmus consultants and disliked team members (favorite folks often got stuck in a niche that the client liked and disliked folks got sidelined to work where they also didn't have growth potential. Either way, you had to play the politics game hard for a balanced, interesting workload). As someone who's been in consulting for years, I was regularly shocked and frustrated by this pattern.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add checks and balances to senior staff; even experienced people need accountability, upward reviews, and strong, regular management training (self-training doesn't count. bring in some expert trainers and do it regularly). Do not accept 2-year turnover as acceptable. The companies you bought out have better cultures and lower turnover rates; figure out what they're doing right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overwhelmingly positive experience for junior staff right out of college

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    It was great being part of a fast-growing company that is trying to diversify their service offerings. Colleagues are very friendly and, for the most part, willing to help out on projects. Core work team became very close. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Mediocre senior management leads to distrust. Lack of large margins on certain projects prevents much-needed overhead billing for internal/professional development. Lack of project management education for junior staff right out of college. Despite good benefits, lackluster base salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better base pay for junior staff. Greater commitment to on-boarding out of undergrad, including training and more formalized mentoring might reduce junior staff turnover.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pros and Cons

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    great experiences, great learning opportunities, you have the opportunity to try a variety of work

    Cons

    salaries aren't comparable to those in the industry, VERY hard to get more than a 2-3% raise, there is a lot of anxiety when it's time for a contract to be renewed, less job security as you ascend in management, high turnover w/ junior-level staff (they leave for better paying jobs)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees what they're worth in the marketplace to reduce the turnover

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Decent Stepping Stone. Don't stay too long.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Cadmus Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    As others have mentioned, Cadmus is a fine place if your goal is to put some experience on your resume. Co-workers are wonderful, dedicated, passionate people. The work itself is interesting and even fun at times.

    Cons

    Specifically, my main complaint is with Cadmus' time sheet (hourly billing) procedures. Employees get no overtime pay when they work 60+ hours (for example) one week. Yet if the workload is short for whatever reason, even if we are present at the office we cannot bill for that time and need to "make up" for lost hours by working evenings/weekends/holidays. Very high stress. ...Stress when you're workload is heavy, and stress when it's too light because you're basically wasting your time sitting around... Not getting paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I seriously doubt management even cares to be made aware of this type of feedback, so I'm not going to bother repeating what others have already stated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nice people.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cadmus Group full-time

    Pros

    Nice people. Loyal. Collaboration. Reward hard work.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    High engineer turnover - Good experience opportunity

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cadmus Group

    Pros

    Great experience on various projects throughout the country. Flexible work schedule, overall a decent entry level job for recent graduates.

    Benefits are nice (if you don't get trapped in the "part-time" status)

    Travel (if you like travel)

    Cons

    I do agree with previous reviews that Cadmus tends to take advantage of the ambitious college graduates and kind of bait them in with enticing possibilities. Pay is not included in those possibilities and is very low compared to competitors and average starting salaries in the area.

    Turnover is also extremely high. Over 8 engineers have moved to other jobs in the last year alone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the turnover, upper management is constantly having to retrain and get new hires up to speed (that's wasted time/money). Invest a little more in your junior-mid level employees and you will have your talent stick around.

  11.  

    Smart people, great work, organizational problems

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers; flexibility to work on projects that you're interested in and take your career in the direction you want to go

    Cons

    Organizational problems; different teams across Cadmus do not collaborate; senior leadership not the best

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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