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Updated May 26, 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. "Great People"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are pretty extraordinary. Smart and passionate.

    Cons

    It's not for everybody. You'll figure out pretty quickly if you're going to make it. Kind of like the Navy seals.

    Advice to Management

    Very good and long standing senior management.


  2. "You have to be on your toes."

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    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If your smart, you'll be surrounded by the same.

    Cons

    Crunch time can be pretty insane.

    Advice to Management

    Not much.


  3. "Great atmosphere, smart people, great work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Copy Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Group Copy Supervisor in New York, NY
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People, people, and people. They are diverse, smart, dynamic and motivated. Most of all, they are compelled to do great work and make it fun

    Cons

    Have not found any yet

    Advice to Management

    Rather than cast such a wide net at new business pitches, we should concentrate on a model more focused on the audience the potential client is relating to


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  5. "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a great creative vibe at CDM Princeton. At first you wouldn't expect it since the agency is located in a boring corporate business park, but they've managed to make the agency very modern and creative.

    There are 3 partners that run CDMP along with the President, they are all great and very personable-- Particularly Gerry, who is the copy partner. He is the nicest guy and incredibly approachable. He doesn't position himself as senior management at all and even introduces himself as a "writer", he's just very down to earth.

    The biggest pro for CDMP is you get rewarded for doing a good job and it doesn't feel like you have to leave the agency to be able to grow. CDMP frequently promotes employees, I can't be sure about raises. They also encourage you to grow outside of your field if that is what you'd like to do. If you're a copywriter and want to become an account person, CDMP helps you get to where you want to be.

    CDMP also has a great work/life balance. There are summer Fridays, Christmas to New years off, ample amount of holidays, and office parties/get togethers.

    There is also a lot of great creative coming out of CDMP, they've won several awards and pitches. They are also constantly growing and pushing the limit with clients, especially digitally.

    And last but not least, this is the first agency I've worked at where they give out bonuses. It's a welcome change!

    Cons

    There honestly aren't many cons. The closest to a con I can think of is the seating is kind of open so if you're bothered by that, you might have a problem. Also, this is the first agency I've worked at where there is a very limited amount of creative directors and they have limited involvement with day to day functions, including face time with non-senior staff. However, I am pretty neutral to that and I see it as just a different way to run things.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! CDM is a great place to work so I guess I'd just say don't change it too much.


  6. "Not your usual ad agency."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President, Group Copy Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President, Group Copy Supervisor in New York, NY
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Genuine appreciation for everyone. Genuinely nice people who truly care about your progress and well-being.

    Cons

    A bit of a "cult" mentality. Rigid process very hard to get used to if you come from the outside.

    Advice to Management

    Management here is really great. Very transparent. They don't seclude themselves away from the rest of the people.


  7. "Fabulous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, buttoned-up people. Very strong and wonderful culture. The sky is the limit as far as what one can accomplish at this agency. There is so much opportunity to succeed.

    Cons

    We work extremely hard and sometimes work/life balance can be challenging.

    Advice to Management

    We have a terrific leadership team who has a passion for keeping this organization moving forward with the highest quality.


  8. "Creative atmosphere that allows growth"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Art Director in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Art Director in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great creative environment. Collaboration and teamwork are pillars.

    Cons

    Lots of long night and hours.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  9. "Best of the best"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You will work and learn from the best here. The smartest, sharpest people in the business. It is the high level of the talent that makes life different here.

    Cons

    It's not for everybody. This is no place to hang out. You will be pushed and will be asked to grow and work hard. It is fun and satisfying, but challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing and reaching to be better.


  10. "An great agency with even better people."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    CDM's values of Substance, Style, Conviction, & Grace truly emanate from the top down.

    Cons

    Sometimes the extended tenure of senior managers limits creative potential.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Overall very good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Medical Copy Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Medical Copy Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Prioritizes training and in-house promotion. Lots of opportunity for career development.

    Cons

    It's advertising--short notice overtime, weekend work, can be very demanding deadline work. If the client needs it, you do it. But it pays overtime so there is opportunity for significant extra money.


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