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CDM Reviews

Updated September 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is fully achieved here with flexible work hours, great benefits, and office incentives (in 9 reviews)

  • Great people who get the job done is a heavy regulated market (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Post-Transition"

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    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


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Management has no clue"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CDM full-time

    Pros

    Used to be a great place to work. Good camaraderie. Decent benefits. The creative is decent and the creatives strive for perfection.

    Cons

    All its companies are mismanaged. There is no training and advancement very limited . Managers do not care about their employees. All in all, a sweatshop with salary increases only to managers' favorites.

    Advice to Management

    Give a hoot about your employees. And show some loyalty. And a raise once in a while would boost the dismal morale.

  3. Helpful (16)

    "Losing the thread"

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    Former Employee - Creative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Creative in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CDM full-time

    Pros

    Strong culture and formerly strong emphasis on developing people.

    Cons

    Has transformed into the worst kind of sweatshop agency. Long, LONG hours for clients whose expectations are poorly managed. Creative leadership is ossified so that only those who "grew up" within CDM and within the right cliques advance at a pace commensurate with their talents and achievements. Efforts by leadership to engage with the rank and file feel contrived and phony.

    The Los Angeles office was sunk by poor leadership decisions, beginning with the top brass in NYC, that were made as a result of the aforementioned situation. The imperative to "run lean" also contributed, so beware when thinking of joining an Omnicom-owned agency. They demand blood from stones in the form of black ink in the ledger every single quarter no matter what. Long-term visions are dimmed by short-term financial priorities.

    The CEO once told me that the secret to his success was realizing that management had to be a selfless act. Unfortunately, most of the senior leadership has either forgotten this or never learned how to apply it.

    Advice to Management

    Change the creative leadership and do not do it from within.


  4. "Good"

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

    Pros

    Nice people work life balance

    Cons

    Need to raise quality of work


  5. "A great company."

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

    Pros

    A great place to work. Great people and a happy environment.

    Cons

    Working in medical world can be a bit dull at times.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

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    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


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Stuck in the 90's"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at CDM full-time

    Pros

    Classy building, prestigious name, fancy coffee machine

    Cons

    Sterile environment despite weak attempts to inspire creative culture. Shallow people typical of New Jersey dominated healthcare scene.

    Advice to Management

    did that office re-design ever happen?

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Don't be fooled by the veneer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People are encouraged to be nice, respectful
    Office was generally quiet, calm at least in the old office layout before they removed the offices / cubes in lieu of "open seating".

    Cons

    Here's the real problem: despite making every effort to appear to be this awesome place to work, they lack the foundation to give stable employment to most "employees". They take on advertising projects on unpredictable timelines, without the necessary staffing, that ebb and flow greatly (recently ebbing more), creating situations for hard-working employees.

    They have long since tried to hire "freelancers" to avoid laying off employees when the work ebbs, but more recently I saw the ugly side of them willing to "hire" people "full-time" for short durations just to get short-term project needs met, followed by large layoffs. They also off-shored the entire client technology team -- so much for being a "digitally savvy" agency.

    Don't be fooled by comments that report a "nice environment" and "good salaries"...the "jobs" here won't last, especially the higher paying ones. And while it does last, be prepared for those situations where they pile on the work without the necessary resources, planning, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Try to make promises you can keep when you consider "hiring" people if you want to build a better foundation for employee trust.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Account Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CDM full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and smart people

    Cons

    Upper management is disconnected

    Advice to Management

    NA


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Great experience, but don't stay too long"

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

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

    Pros

    Great agency in terms of talent, clients, and experience.

    Cons

    Promotions are given to rarely. Lack of incentive.

    Advice to Management

    Since the turnover in this industry is so quick, you need to incentivize you're employees to stay longer than 2 years. Create more frequent, smaller rewards and promotions.


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