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CDM Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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  • Great people who get the job done is a heavy regulated market (in 13 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (13)

    "Poor leadership sunk L.A"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great group of hard-working, like minded employees.
    Everyone jumped in and lent a hand when needed (except for upper management)
    Before "leadership" was in place, independent thinking was encouraged.
    Employees liked each other and were always doing things outside of work.

    Cons

    16 hour work days at least twice a week
    The 2 "leaders" lacked confidence. they were driven by fear and each client and staffing decision they made was a reflection of this.
    Management had no idea how to run a 30 person office and insisted on turning to the NY office for everything.

    Advice to Management

    Find the people who thought it would be great to have 2 "leaders" with NO experience running an agency and have them FIRED! 30 people are out on the street because of this decision.


  2. "The CDM Group"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome work environment, great co-workers, room for growth in finance and other departments

    Cons

    Growth in finance department can take some time


  3. "Was a great agency to work at"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CDM full-time

    Pros

    • management made a lot of effort to foster a great culture
    • creative-friendly, account-driven shop

    Cons

    • some groups tended to be very clicky
    • work-life balance was lacking


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "CDM Los Angeles"

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

    Pros

    The CDM Los Angeles office was gifted with some really talented and hard working employees that if they were ever allowed to, would excel at their work and win new business and keep clients.

    Cons

    Sadly, the upper management was never interested to be involved enough and that led the agency to it's demise.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Worst work and people culture I've experienced"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Can't think of any pros

    Cons

    Management incompetence, driven beyond normal. Really didn't care about its employees. Bad working culture.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Had great potential. Now a struggling collective."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CDM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers and extremely hard-working people all around.

    Cons

    Creative leadership is nonexistent. Rough clients who demand generic work, and management does not fight for better work. No opportunities to produce award-winning work, and clients have lost faith. Morale is very low.

    Advice to Management

    Do not be scared of clients and think twice before presenting sub-par work. It will only keep hurting the agency's life and reputation.


  8. "Good entry level job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    smart, motivated people, good project experience, solid entry level position with opportunity to work in a variety of project and research areas

    Cons

    limited upward mobility without masters degree, salary below average, poor communication with upper management, other than that great place to work


  9. "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people
    Great CEO
    Great VP
    Food all the time
    Vibrant offices

    Cons

    Office politics
    Nit-picking
    Really anal management
    Micromanagement


  10. 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.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Work Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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



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