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Pros
  • Lots of structure, very smart people at different levels, and high motivation to produce solid work (in 7 reviews)

  • Work (for the most part) with very smart, talented, creative, hardworking and nice people (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Lots of HR Turnover, better idea of a work/life balance, more availability to work in other locations with the exception of NJ/NJ (in 6 reviews)

  • Intense rivalries and internal politics distract the senior management from actually running the business (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Great NJ Agency

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The CDM Group full-time

    Pros

    Smart, collaborative people, always pushing for great creative work

    Cons

    getting back the focus again


  2. Full of talent, low on new blood

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    Current Employee - Mid-Level in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Mid-Level in Princeton, NJ
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits Good location Solid reputation Omnicom network gives access to training, resources etc High standards for performance Perfect on-boarding process Digital capabilities are decent for a traditional AOR Promotions Collaboration across departments Bonuses

    Cons

    Dated processes and lack of differentiation from other agencies Top heavy More mentorship programs and practices needed Too many veterans Limited development/growth opportunities Lack of self-awareness


  3. Princeton: finding our way

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    Former Employee - Account in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Account in Princeton, NJ
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The CDM Group full-time

    Pros

    Great talent; great clients and brands. Resilient in the face of much change over last few years.

    Cons

    Princeton Culture is under attack; new leadership focused on $ vs the great creative we were once known for.

    Advice to Management

    If you (let your young talented and creative) build it, clients (and $) will come.


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    Top-heavy company buried in politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The CDM Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on myriad brands and projects alongside young talent

    Cons

    Little to no support, particularly from the top down. HR is absent, certain departments favored over others (eg, creative and account). Lack of opportunity for career advancement despite senior leadership continuing to receive promotions and praise.

    Advice to Management

    Start appreciating and rewarding your masses before they all jump ship.


  6. Company encourages employee growth through cultivating a culture of learning and new, interesting thinking.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at The CDM Group full-time

    Pros

    Smart people in a great environment where learning is encouraged. Leadership is concerned with providing high quality work AND is interested in staff personally. You feel that people really care about helping you build your career here.

    Cons

    Not located in NYC. Great energy, but located outside major metro area. If you don't need to be right in the city, it's hard to beat CDM Princeton.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  7. Fast paced with limited worklife balance.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The CDM Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, with lots of leftover food and free coffee. Many talented people to interact with.

    Cons

    Limited worklife balance with little with little to no best practices or structure. Limited privacy, even when scheduling to be out of the office. Poor onboarding process.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working hard to bring in more business, but also consider investing into a growth program for all employees.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Feels like home

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    Current Employee - Art Director in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Art Director in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The CDM Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Highly collaborative, highly creative, highly challenging and highly rewarding. Can't imagine working anywhere else.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing to greatness.


  9. Creative atmosphere that allows growth

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    Current Employee - Art Director in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Art Director in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The CDM Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great creative environment. Collaboration and teamwork are pillars.

    Cons

    Lots of long night and hours.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  10. A good experience but long hours.

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    Former Employee - Art Director in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Art Director in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Smart, talented. Creative Partners are wonderful. They're honest. They pay reasonably well and give bonuses. Interesting accounts. Plenty of mentoring, training, and opportunities to grow. They promote people in a timely manner. They grow their staff and as a result, many people stay a long time.

    Cons

    Very long hours. No part time or flex schedules. Its all or nothing. If you have responsibilities outside the office (young children, sick relatives, etc) you will need support to make this job work, such as a spouse that has more regular hours or stays home, an au pair or daycare with extended hours, neighbors or relatives that can step in at home for you, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Consider a variety of roles and schedules.


  11. Excellent place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a great creative vibe at CDM Princeton. At first you wouldn't expect it since the agency is located in a boring corporate business park, but they've managed to make the agency very modern and creative. There are 3 partners that run CDMP along with the President, they are all great and very personable-- Particularly Gerry, who is the copy partner. He is the nicest guy and incredibly approachable. He doesn't position himself as senior management at all and even introduces himself as a "writer", he's just very down to earth. The biggest pro for CDMP is you get rewarded for doing a good job and it doesn't feel like you have to leave the agency to be able to grow. CDMP frequently promotes employees, I can't be sure about raises. They also encourage you to grow outside of your field if that is what you'd like to do. If you're a copywriter and want to become an account person, CDMP helps you get to where you want to be. CDMP also has a great work/life balance. There are summer Fridays, Christmas to New years off, ample amount of holidays, and office parties/get togethers. There is also a lot of great creative coming out of CDMP, they've won several awards and pitches. They are also constantly growing and pushing the limit with clients, especially digitally. And last but not least, this is the first agency I've worked at where they give out bonuses. It's a welcome change!

    Cons

    There honestly aren't many cons. The closest to a con I can think of is the seating is kind of open so if you're bothered by that, you might have a problem. Also, this is the first agency I've worked at where there is a very limited amount of creative directors and they have limited involvement with day to day functions, including face time with non-senior staff. However, I am pretty neutral to that and I see it as just a different way to run things.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! CDM is a great place to work so I guess I'd just say don't change it too much.



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