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CDM Reviews

Updated May 19, 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. 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.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Work Environment"

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

    I worked at CDM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Convenient location to shopping and very well stocked pantry. Offices are cool and have a creative vibe

    Cons

    Phony and clueless upper management. Micro managers with no ability to manage clients and their unrealistic expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to an average loss of 2+ employees per week. Provide a work environment that allows a true work/life balance. Empower middle management to manage client relationships


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Growing Potential"

    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

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

    Pros

    CDM invests in its people and gives them opportunities to grow/stretch. If you're willing to work hard, you will be rewarded.

    Cons

    Teams tend to be understaffed and overworked. If you're looking for work/life balance, look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid burning out your people and boost up your staffing efforts!


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  5. "SVP, Management Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President, Management Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President, Management Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, creative talent is unrivaled; left job due to reorganization. Benefits were phenomenal --was sorry to go. Hope to be able to return someday when the company regains strength.

    Cons

    Losing my job was totally unanticipated and tough. It's hard to work for the best and then find something else. All jobs since have paled in comparison.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on rebuilding the organization and fine reputation you previously enjoyed. Many of us who departed would welcome an invitation to return.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "high quality standards, uncompromising clients"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Copywriter in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Copywriter in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CDM (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people at CDM are generally high-caliber professionals. Most of the LA office consists of NYC transplants, so it's a good spot for someone just coming to the West coast.
    As a freelancer, CDM is great because they are high-volume, and usually busy throughout the entire year, leading to longer freelance assignments.

    Cons

    Supervisors tend to be highly prescriptive in their creative feedback.
    If you don't want long hours, don't go there.

    Advice to Management

    Staff up so their are more folks in LA to service your West coast clients


  7. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CDM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome team to work with. Great office environment with qualified individuals to work with.

    Cons

    none at all. everything was great.

    Advice to Management

    stay on top of things. keep equipping stag with right technology tools


  8. Helpful (3)

    ""Glory days...""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President, Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President, Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CDM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free coffee. Used to be a great agency, but now past their prime.

    Cons

    Run by scary true believers which would be a good thing if they weren't so brainwashed themselves by Omnicom seminars, which they talk about like they've spoken to God. Only worried about making money for the parent company, like mid level mobsters.
    The creative is formulaic, and feels moth eaten.

    Advice to Management

    Retire.


  9. "Best Agency I've Worked For"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a project manager, I often am tasked with not only foreseeing issues that may arise down the line, but also fixing a daily slurry of emergencies that arise. This isn't a CDM thing, it's a project management thing. My team at CDM is the only one out of 6 teams I've worked on since entering advertising that seems to understand the difficulties inherent in Project Management, and who actually listen and attempt to help when fixing a problem, rather than attempting to point fingers. It's a somewhat comfortable work environment, which is honestly rare in advertising.

    Cons

    Needs more development and UX team members. Often brands itself as a digital agency, although dev resources are scant and rarely available.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more full time, salaried dev and UX members. CDM doesn't have enough of these team members to justly label themselves a "digital" agency.


  10. "Gold standard for pharma advertising"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    CDM has great managers, great creative teams, and great process. They fully support their employees, so no one is overwhelmed or overworked even in the busiest of times.

    Cons

    It is a very large company, and often feels very corporate. Not as "creative" as other agencies, CDM is really driven by Account and client wants.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain transparency, hire more full time employees and less free-lancers, work harder to appropriately staff creative teams during busy times


  11. "You're only as good as your management team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    CDM held a lot of promise. There are a lot of good, talented folks there. I was eager to work with them.

    Cons

    The problem in many agencies is no one trains creatives as they enter management levels. Instead, you get creatives trying to handle situations they are illequipped to handle, creating a caustic mini-environment.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a training program for supervisory levels to teach them how to manage staff and situations. If they come in at that level, they must pass a test reviewing tactics or participate in the program immediately. Without that, you have egos clashing and crashing and running amok.


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