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Updated April 12, 2017
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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
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    "Unusually lovely people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  3. 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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "The mighty have fallen"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Copywriter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Copywriter in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Once great agency with strong leadership.

    Cons

    New CEO and president are more focused on making themselves look good than actually servicing clients or helping employees who are nothing more than chess pieces to them.

    Advice to Management

    Raises for the underpaid. No that's not the senior people.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "In transition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Post-Transition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Services Team in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Services Team in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employee atmosphere
    Great benefits - Vacation, health overall, 401k
    Majority of senior management care about the growth of the employees at the mid to entry-level tiers

    Cons

    Budget cuts - consolidating services at employee expense particularly for industry experience levels 3years or below
    Transitioned from a warm and welcoming/personal CDM independent "look & feel" to a cold and colorless open floor plan with cheap office materials and resources that screams sales cold-calling center
    Lack of opportunities - While a majority of senior management seem to care about the growth of those at the mid to lower levels - issues and voice-opinions are not being addressed and instead either overlooked or disregarded

    Advice to Management

    1. Investing in employee happiness across the board will in turn generate the client love (revenue growth) you seek


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

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

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

    Pros

    People, culture, work/life balance for some

    Cons

    Compensation, learning/growth, lack of support

    Advice to Management

    Continue focusing on building employees and departments versus focusing on leadership and senior level team


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Agency, All Around"

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the most creative and inspired people I've worked with in the industry. Each project is met with enthusiasm, and every ACD/CD will listen to any level creative. I've seen a junior level creative come up with what is now a campaign. CDM likes to promote from within, and it happens routinely. They really take care of their own.

    Cons

    Because the work is so great, the hours can reflect that. It's not super common, but I've become accustomed to at least one 12 hour day a week. More often than not, it's two.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Pros

    Great computer system. Flexible. Managers treat their people well.

    Cons

    A lot of people don't know how to use their computer system.

    Advice to Management

    Train new hires. Sink or swim environment hurts everyone. Don't market to your employees, they are professional marketers and see through the manipulation.


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