The CDM Group

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The CDM Group Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
100 Reviews
3.6
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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.  

    A great place to work and advance.

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    Current Employee - Copy Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Copy Supervisor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good accountability structure, good pay, plenty of time off.

    Cons

    There are no downsides. Unless you hate New York City.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    High turnover + no work/life balance

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    Former Employee - Agency Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Agency Producer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    If you need experience and can't get anything else, the money isn't terrible.

    Cons

    Each person has to turn around so much work that they don't bother to get to know those around the, even one desk away. The department I was in had a 200% turnover rate in less than 2 years. If you are there 6 months, you have seniority. Because of this, no one knows how to do anything. Everyone throws each other under the bus and aggressive behavior is tolerated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your best knowledge and people have already left the company because the workload and atmosphere are poor.

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

    If you love office politics, you'll love getting promoted.

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    Former Employee - Copy Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Copy Supervisor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    You'll learn to work with—and become—among the best of the best.

    Cons

    Popularity contests, in-fighting, backstabbing all become more prevalent with higher titles. Distracts from the creative process.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great environment, great people.

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Leadership is dedicated, people are very nice and hard-working.

    Cons

    Technologically, the agency is behind the curve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue doing what you're doing, take even more risks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lousy Senior Leadership

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

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

    Pros

    Some terrific talent in the agency. Very dedicated, very spirited. Strong creative talent. Smart brand planners and strategic thinkers.

    Cons

    100% the senior leadership team. Fear-based culture driven by the top who are out for blood. Total micromanagers. Don't listen to anyone. People are total commodities and are cast out without regard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the way. Trust people for a change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Really enjoyed the creativity, passion and culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The CDM Group

    Pros

    Really enjoyed supporting all business units within CDM; positive teamwork, diverse culture and good client service

    Cons

    Sometimes I felt as those egos were getting in the way of peoples own work and set unrealistic expectations

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Would rather be homeless than work here.

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    Current Employee - Interactive Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Interactive Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at The CDM Group as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    none that I can think of unless you think corporate slavery is a pro. they are very good at controlling the movements of employees and sticking there noses into your personal life.

    Cons

    Very hostile, back-stabbing environment from all levels of employees. Everyone that works there suffers from depression, lack of self-esteem and weird work related health issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit. get therapy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall Positive Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The CDM Group

    Pros

    Great company culture, a lot of mobility within the company, everyone is extremely friendly, motivated, and dedicated to the company.

    Cons

    There are some departments that are better to work in than others, some departments get better exposure to upper management than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    AWFUL

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    Former Employee - Accpount Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Accpount Coordinator in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Very free and loose environment. Not a lot of structure.

    Cons

    Very loose and free environment. not a lot of structure. Not organized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement some structure and process. Be more aware of problems and try to fix them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great company......Kinda

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great culture, people and the money wasn't bad either :) as an assistant I was always paid overtime so there is opportunity for significant extra money.

    Cons

    This place has an extremely HIGH turnover rate!!!!!!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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