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CDM Reviews

Updated November 6, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great people who become great friends" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Work-life balance has ups and downs, normal for the industry" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/life balance needs improvement" (in 11 reviews)

  • "If you don't want long hours, don't go there" (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CDM full-time

    Pros

    easy to work in this place

    Cons

    Hard to learn it all


  2. "Vice President"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDM full-time

    Pros

    CDM is made up of smart, nice people and they really do care about individuals at the agency. Good about tracking goals and having timely reviews. Teams work well together. Leadership tries to keep everyone informed of moving parts and agency updates. Work-life balance has ups and downs, normal for the industry.

    Cons

    They tend to not pay appropriately the longer you've been there - they do not keep your salary competitive. They also are not nearly hard enough on the creative output. Creative feedback from leadership is too soft, which results on subpar creative, round after round. They tend to stretch everyone too far under the guise of "opportunity" rather than just saying what it is - not enough money to hire more people.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CDM full-time

    Pros

    Great people who become great friends.
    Good senior level politicians who can talk their way out of / into anything.
    Fun activities that involve lots of drinking; really push the work can be fun thing to make you forget about how much work you are doing.

    Cons

    Middle level is GROSSLY undervalued. Expect to work long hours, be sold stories of promotions

    Advice to Management

    focus more on the do-ers, not the oversee-ers


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Group account supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CDM full-time

    Pros

    Great leadership across departments, good clients

    Cons

    Long hours, but great culture


  5. "CDM is a great company ... overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDM full-time

    Pros

    Company culture is impressive, benefits, compensation, they act like they care about employees

    Cons

    Management sucks; shows favoritism, work environment can be gossipy and immature; frequent meltdowns

    Advice to Management

    Explore other employees and not just the highest performers


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Miss it!"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a culture at CDM that you can not take for granted. I worked there for a little over 2 years and was constantly around people that made my day enjoyable. It can be a lot of work, but the pros of this company out weight that.

    Cons

    Long hours. I would work well into the night at times. However, they do allow you to be remote and work from home

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CDM full-time

    Pros

    They really try to hire great people

    Cons

    no strategy and no direction

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Junior Art Director"

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    Current Employee - Junior Art Director
    Current Employee - Junior Art Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great environment and people always good work and life balance, you will still have late nights but people do not question and 100% respect hardstops and all vacation time without feeling threatened.

    Cons

    Bad IT and minor occasions (but often) lack of communication between art and account.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing! Ted and Chris do their best to keep all employees happy, healthy, respected while also producing great work. Always showing they care and they're intune with what's going on and willing to show they're just lack us often taking a back seat and putting employees first.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Worthy work"

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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 CDM full-time

    Pros

    Smart, innovative shop. Strong creative.

    Cons

    Recruitment needs to increase significantly.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Growing with an optimistic outlook!"

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

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

    Pros

    I've stayed at CDM Princeton for the past 4 years because of the collaborative, team player environment, and the bar we set for ourselves to create award-winning, lifechanging experiences. When everybody lives up to our core values (substance, style, conviction, and grace), this place runs like a well-oiled machine, turning around great work for every client.

    Cons

    Like I said, I've been here 4 years, but in the past 6-8 months, I've experienced an all-time low in work/life balance. Besides needing to handle some clients better (I think this is every agency), we are GROWING, which means we have more work than we have people to handle it. In 2017, we had a 75% pitch win rate, and senior leadership is actively working to fill in the gaps with people that live up to our values and fit into our culture.

    Advice to Management

    I know growth is good, and I don't know if there's a solution for this because we don't necessarily want to turn away work, but maybe there's a way to be more transparent with clients so they know the resources we have available to us for the amount of work we're being given right now.