The CDM Group

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The CDM Group Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
98 Reviews
3.5
98 Reviews
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The CDM Group Chairman and CEO Ed Wise
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Company on the decline, once great now struggling to figure out what's next

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Strong people on the ground dedicated to doing quality work and providing high customer satisfaction.
    Beautiful working environment for some of the staff.
    Recognized leader in their business category.

    Cons

    Values of the company were once guiding principles but have become hollow words.
    High turn-over rate of long-time staff and leaders has become mass exodus to other healthcare agencies.
    Frequent changes in top leadership and company direction smell of desperation and lack of confidence.
    Narcissistic upper management often value their own opinions to the exclusion of common sense.
    Disjointed communication across working groups often leads to isolation and missed opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back in time a few years, take a survey of your employees and clients from that time then let that feedback guide your direction now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Art Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Art Supervisor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities to take charge of.

    Cons

    Tendency for people to become complacent and not innovative

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience that helped shape future opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The CDM Group as a contractor

    Pros

    great company, CEO was very approachable, great training, lots of classes and activities offered during work hours and afterwards, culture was awesome, people were very friendly, could see a lot of room for growth

    Cons

    The starting salary was very low

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Office politics and mediocrity abound

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The CDM Group full-time

    Pros

    Well respected company, some of senior leadership are quite talented

    Cons

    Large amount of recent turnover - lots of top talent have left (or, more accurately, have been pushed out) and overall employee morale is very low. Mediocre people remain because of their ability to cow tow to the C-Suite with little if any substantive contribution. Senior leadership talks about the 4 values ad nauseam, however, lacks the introspection to be actually able to live these values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you say you will and live the company values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Pays will compared to other companies in industry

    Cons

    Lots of politics. Can't trust managers. Fake. Preach life work balance. Then beat everyone up on utilization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Top-heavy company buried in politics

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Consultant

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    Former Employee - Presentation Specialist Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Presentation Specialist Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at The CDM Group as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pleasant and efficient front desk, cute dog.

    Cons

    Overall bad experience. If you like long hours, little or confusing direction, uncomfortable working conditions, unpleasant people, and high turnover, this is the place for you. You never know from one minute to minute what your hours or days will be. Don't expect to have a life if you work there. The atmosphere appears friendly but it is all an act. Don't expect other employees to want you to succeed. I don't know about the rest of the company but Presentations is a nightmare. One job has been listed for years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Strong culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great group of people who are passionate about making CDM the best agency it can be. Great work, smart people, high standards and expectations.

    Cons

    Not everyone can meet the standards that are set, and that is not a bad thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Sweet people, lowest paying in the industry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - The people are all sweet, easy to get along with and in all, the people you work with are the best part of the job
    - Everyone here is very smart and works incredibly hard
    - Summer Fridays, great health insurance, bagel breakfast once a month, being able to purchase the company computers at a discounted price and training courses

    Cons

    - Very buttoned up, and insanely strict on their process (mainly because this is HCP work and they have to be)
    - Strong culture, very much a "Drink the Kool-Aid" type of culture.
    - The workload is often crazy and time demanding (don't expect to get out of there before 8pm every night)
    - Creative is stale and un-original. Account often drives the creative. Not truly a "creative" shop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to take more risks, creatively, and start matching industry pay standards, especially since this is HCP work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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