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Cadmus Group Reviews

Updated April 16, 2019
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Pros
  • "Cadmus offers good work-life balance, with good paid time off and a flexible work remote policy" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Solid work-life balance and pleasant, familial company culture" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance due to the nature of consulting work" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Simple project management is nonexistent" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Associate"

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

    I worked at Cadmus Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company is working in many domains and has positive social impact as a priority. Good opportunities to work with data analysis/engineering and policy/strategy issue.

    Cons

    Lots of clients and lots of specialty groups makes cohesion challenging for this company with offices all over the country.


  2. "You'll learn a lot, get to mess around with real world data, and contribute to the fight against climate change"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cadmus Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fresh out of grad school, I got the chance to learn the data modeling ropes from a bunch of experienced economists, statisticians, and mechanical engineers with real world applications. Cadmus' energy group (mainly ~75-100 folks in Portland, Boulder, and Madison) has a very positive reputation in the energy efficiency world and has contributed solid measurements and techniques to the industry over the years. Generally, the people at Cadmus are great, and have created a supportive learning environment. All the while, the 3rd party evaluation work that Cadmus does helps reduce GHGs by contributing to energy savings, which is certainly motivating.

    Cons

    I guess I left the company after three years mainly because I got burned out. Like in any kind of consulting, I suppose, the more junior analyst role at Cadmus requires high billability rates and long hours, and ultimately did not afford much room for innovation or learning new techniques. I also felt like I was becoming a cog in the machine simply meant to crank out more hours to bill as quickly as possible, instead of being shown a broader path for true career development or the ability to learn new skills or do a variety of things. Maybe that's just part of the game or maybe it's something of an oversight on the part of the leadership of the group, maybe a little of both. In the end, I was able to transfer my skills to another company in the industry for a 50% salary increase.

    Advice to Management

    The M&A strategy puts at risk company cohesion and culture. The churn/burn pattern of junior analysts seems to be an expensive regularity that should be addressed. Should focus more on the triple bottom line factor of the work, as it is motivating.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Limited compensation for poor work/life balance"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with some great analysts; personal development and travel reimbursements were nice. If supervisors like you, you can move up in the company fairly quickly, but if the contract you are on has a problem (despite it not being your fault) everyone on that project will suffer and no one will be promoted.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance; extremely low compensation in comparison to other similar companies; significant lack of diversity across the Homeland Security Sector, but especially among management.
    Too much emphasis on billability: even if we didn't have enough work to bill, we were expected to come up with something or got in trouble over our billability (even if it was just one week).
    Management is unable to control or handle clients, allowing them to make insane requests (usually ones that clients should do themselves, or ones with obscene timelines that would inevitably require analysts to work 50-60 hours per week without extra compensation).
    HR was not well organized and not easy to contact with feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your analysts! If we're constantly working too long, too hard, and for too little money, you're going to continue to have mass exodus' every summer after reviews and bonuses. Also, don't blame analysts by giving them limited raises and bonuses because you didn't meet (extreme) expectations -- the analysts are the reason you're continually getting new contracts because of success on previous ones. Take the fall yourselves if you're not hitting the incredibly high growth expectations (especially in the face of new presidential administrations and shut downs).


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Poor Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Associate in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cadmus has a very flexible work environment and staff can often work from home when needed. Benefits are decent for the consulting industry. Offers recent college graduates a great place to work with some opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    As many other reviewers have pointed out, leadership at Cadmus frequently makes questionable decisions that seem to be putting the company on the wrong trajectory. Rather than bringing in new talent with unique perspectives, leadership attempts to grow the organization through acquisitions and bringing in staff with very similar backgrounds. Another major problem is that Cadmus values time at the company and in the industry heavily in promotion decisions, not necessarily expertise or training. There are many mid- and senior-level staff that are experienced but not trained in the appropriate fields, resulting in projects being done incorrectly. Another consequence of this emphasis on time spent at the company is that very talented mid-level employees do not see viable paths to the higher positions (where they should be), so they leave for other opportunities.


  5. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by intelligent people who are interested in making the world a better place. Great benefits.

    Cons

    You have to work to find enough billable hours, management is not always great about making sure there is enough work to go around, which is a symptom of how many contracts are viable and not necessarily neglect.


  6. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of interesting project work

    Cons

    Pay employees a competitive wage


  7. Helpful (6)

    "the struggle is real"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cadmus Group full-time

    Pros

    Lots of sharp, hardworking colleagues to interact with.
    Most everyone cares about what the company is doing, both in day-to-day work and for larger mission goals.

    Cons

    Job security is a big issue. There's a lot of brain drain because people are not likely to be re-tasked as old contracts end and new ones start.
    Lots and lots of upper management. There are just too many cooks in the kitchen.
    There were many instances where people just did not know who was in charge of a project task.
    I repeatedly saw people working hard on a task, that task getting shifted around among large groups of staff, and the work being lost or re-done multiple times. It's frustrating to see your hard work be for naught.
    Overtime is nonexistent.

    Advice to Management

    Pull back from the focus from billability to enhance business development. When there is a very real threat of layoffs over billability numbers then how can you expect anyone to want to commit their time and their best work toward proposals and development? And so you don't win proposals. And so business drops off. Duh.
    Don't let the company drift from it's core principles.

  8. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cadmus Group full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Experiencing growing pains as the company moves into management consulting.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Eh"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cadmus Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice building, good starter gig for those fresh out of college, one week of professional development opportunity, assistance with taking outside courses costs

    Cons

    don't compensate employees for additional work they desire outside of the contract they're hired on... where's that revenue going? Well not the employee doing the additional work... seems like unethical business practice to me

    Advice to Management

    Better compensation, don't falsely mislead employees during the hiring process, hire managers adequately


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Exploitive Contractor"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Perfect employer for moralless, micromanaging masochists who like watching rocks grow.

    If you've ever wanted to work 60 hours in a week on a proposal then get ordered to work weekends for not doing enough billable work, this is a great opportunity.

    If you have an advanced degree but miss life as an undergraduate intern, Cadmus works at just the right level of sophistication. You'll spend months doing mindless data entry and making minor formatting adjustments to documents.

    The culture is really supportive of people who distrust others, and like demanding compliance on the smallest issues. If this describes you, you'll be promoted fast. Just avoid being supportive of other people; that's really frowned upon.

    Also great for small government advocates: Cadmus seemingly exists to leech as much money from the government as possible.

    Cons

    Multiple employees have been hired to positions they did not apply for to do work they do not enjoy and are not qualified for.

    No opportunities for professional growth.

    Salaries are significantly below competitors and public sector consulting generally (If you're interested in Homeland Security consulting, go to Hagerty Consulting or CNA. They pay better, are more prestigious, and have better reputations.)

    Advice to Management

    Fire Homeland Security middle management. Recent senior leadership changes are positive, but middle management is clearly resisting changes. Seriously reevaluate hiring practices to better align to the actual needs of the job.