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CDM Reviews

Updated June 18, 2017
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Kyle Barich
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  • Great people who get the job done is a heavy regulated market (in 14 reviews)

  • People, culture, work/life balance for some (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Account Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people overall. Convenient location. They have many Pfizer account which are located across the street. Generally a relatively social atmosphere

    Cons

    You will be largely ignored unless you work on high profile brands. Maintenance brands have staffing issues and promotions are much more difficult. Internal financial management software and practices are tedious and cumbersome and updates are required monthly. PM department is very weak and account ends up responsible for most of their job description.

    Advice to Management

    Fix PM department, update finance software and focus on folks who keep the ship afloat and not just the giant accounts.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Run. Don't hide."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Medical in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Medical in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good legacy creative work. Lots of perks including air conditioning and food.

    Cons

    Been in a downward spiral since a change at the top. The top people cleansed the agency of their colleagues, I guess in an attempt to grab more power and money. As a mid level employee I busted my butt only to receive the message loud and clear: you are a cog to make the CEO and president look good and get rich.

    Advice to Management

    Hire back the people who built the agency you've hijacked. Swallow your pride and tap into OHG people who are far smarter than you.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CDM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    free food and coffee; unlimited access to mens' and ladies' room

    Cons

    Hostile, snooty culture where the only time people smile is when they congratulate colleagues who have managed to find another job. Highest pressure shop in the city where 'chitchat' is frowned on. Narcissists at the top line the halls with photos of themselves at all stages of their lives -- even baby pictures. Worst shop around.

    Advice to Management

    When you fired all the upper tier folks en masse -- who built the business from the bottom up, you showed the folks in the ranks how they will be rewarded will be for loyalty and hard work.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Unusually lovely people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President, Group Copy Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President, Group Copy Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People treat one another with a level of respect and kindness that is sadly, all too rare in our business. They call it GRACE and it's deemed quite important when hiring or assessing employees. It seems to be second nature for everyone and is quite infectious and makes even the tightest deadlines easier.

    Cons

    I wish I joined here years ago and can understand why people seem to stay forever. Cannot find any other cons to write about.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Please.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, varied work. Great digital routing process. Good management

    Cons

    Sometimes hectic, some unexpected late nights. Dislike the goals/review process (comes from parent company)


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Art Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Art Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Art Supervisor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, team work spirit every where you look, very talented people, easy access by train

    Cons

    The agency has changed after Omnicom took over. Very understaffed, long hours of work, the gesture of courtesy of the company covering dinner when you work around 13 hours a day are gone, replacement of local employees by outsourcing jobs overseas it's taking a toll on quality and working conditions.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CDM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Well defined and meaningful culture and values. Great personal and professional development. Very supportive environment. Great deal of female talent and advancement.

    Cons

    Pay tends to be less than industry standard for many positions and men seem to be better compensated than women. Recent loss of great female leadership.

  8. "Great for pharma"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people who get the job done is a heavy regulated market

    Cons

    was print focused, pharma is boring and slow to move

    Advice to Management

    Push the digital envelop1


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Disappointing in the end. However I do wish them the best!"

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

    Pros

    Some really great people and work. Truly. If you're in the right circle you can actually get to do some good work, however this is really rare.
    Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Really bad hires in managerial roles. (Apparently all you need is the ability to constantly compliment the right people and be a 'yes man', and you are allowed to steal/ palm off other peoples ideas and pass them off as you're own!)
    Company talks a lot about employee growth, but does absolutely nothing towards that. Managers tend to think this is not their responsibility. (obvious there are a few bad apples, and those are the ones I am referring to and was stuck with for a little too long!!)

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to what happenings in your groups.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "In transition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tier II Support Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Tier II Support Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, employees share enthusiasm and love for the craft.

    Cons

    Transitioning due to the migration of all Omnicom companies. SOP and process changing. Some budget cuts are being made.


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