I have been working at Consumer Dynamics full-time (More than a year)
You will learn everything you need to know to succeed in branding at CD. It is a whirlwind of creativity, talent, and drive, and the employees are SO intelligent. Nancy and Sybil hold everyone to such high standards that you have no choice but to meet every challenge full force. CD makes you a stronger, thick-skinned person very quickly, and employees that leave CD go on to do great things.
It is exhausting and there are no boundaries between work and personal life. I've been called at 9am on Saturday morning just because someone wanted to make sure I got an email that they had sent 30 minutes prior (it was not urgent). Clients have called me at 10pm on a Friday night while I'm out with friends. You work 24/7 for very little pay; not to mention the verbal abuse you may receive when something isn't completely perfect. NEVER show weakness, or it will forever define you.
Advice to Management
Instead of pushing everyone in the deep-end first day, take some time to give them some leeway and help them learn. Treat the employees that work the hardest for you with respect, and compensate them well for going the extra mile. When someone has worked 4 12-hour days for you that week, consider giving them Friday afternoon off. Pay people well and maybe they won't leave you.
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Consumer Dynamics (New York, NY) in September 2015.
Met at a coffee shop to do the initial interview, then I was brought into the office to meet a few of the employees, I was asked to do a mock-project and I presented it to the founders a few weeks later. They invited me to freelance for them for a week, and then I received an offer.
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