The CDM Group Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Lots of politics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  2. Helpful (5)

    Top-heavy company buried in politics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Strong culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Don't get stuck

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ACD Creative
    Former Employee - ACD Creative

    I worked at The CDM Group full-time

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of structure, very smart people at different levels, and high motivation to produce solid work. It is easy to learn and grow up to a point.

    Cons

    Mass delusion at senior management level, and too much time is spent inventing new titles/honors for themselves than recognizing employees for their valuable contributions. Very bad pay for the amount of hours you are expected to work and a general sense that employees should be thankful for working there. They ask a lot of you, especially loyalty and commitment, without offering any of it in return. Eventually, most people learn that the agency leadership doesn't care about anyone but themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Don't think so highly of yourselves and recognize the value of people who contribute.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Sweet people, lowest paying in the industry

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. 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!


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work if you aren't in Account Management

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

    I worked at The CDM Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great hours and people are nice

    Cons

    Management doesn't listen to employees

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and value the hard workers.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great Place to work hard, be acknowledged and do good.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at The CDM Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work (for the most part) with very smart, talented, creative, hardworking and nice people. Senior Leadership is accessible, approachable and open. Lots of opportunity for growth. The CDM Group is a growing, successful and profitable group of Agencies. Bonuses, time off between Christmas and New Years. Annual Summer and Holiday Parties. Recently most of the Agencies gave their staff new I-Pad mini's or I-Pad airs including the Shared Services teams (Finance, Facilities, HR and Business Development)!!! Internal and external training available. Free fruit (apples, oranges, bananas etc) and lots of coffee options. We also have a "Good Works Day", support the art program for sick kids at Children's Hospital at Montifiore with both monthly excursions of staff to go do arts and crafts with sick kids and an we coordinate an Industry wide annual fundraiser to pay for the program coordinators at Montifiore. AHA is another big cause that we support with a variety of programs,

    Cons

    As with any organizations there are things one would like to be different because of personal preferences. Every department is different. I often see people leave because they think the grass is greener somewhere else only to come back here. From my perspective this is a fabulous place to work.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Advertising isn't a formula

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are sweet people at CDM. And the fresh fruit and coffee are nice perks. Its also nice that they have a raffle to buy the computers with leases that have expired.

    Cons

    They're stuck in their ways and have a "CDM" ad. It's formulaic and doesn't really inspire anyone to do anything different. Its also an ad--they're too slow to push digital or hire anyone with the ability to do it.

    Advice to Management

    Get with today's culture and start hiring people that embrace it.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Drink the Kool-Aid Kind of Place. Work hard, play hard.

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

    I worked at The CDM Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of parties with good food and beer. Definitely some very creative and smart people employed here.

    Cons

    Lots of rules, structure and very high expectations of its employees. Pretty competitive environment with some bureaucracy and caddy behavior along the way. Late nights are to be expected from any term spent at an agency. So be prepared to spend 50 hours+ here; or more if you are on a product launch team.

    Advice to Management

    Constant feedback is a great tool to use to help people to grow, but remember to tell your employees what they are doing well, too. Perhaps embrace individuality a bit more so people feel part of a team instead of a soldier on a battleground.



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