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Cadmus Group Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is great for some who never have to work weekends and the reverse for others (in 6 reviews)

  • High turnover rate (average one person per week) quits (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Flexible and caring organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Associate in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cadmus Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, and growth opportunity, good people, smart, company has strong growth potentional.

    Profit sharing, caring management. Excellent benefits, health, 401k, dental.

    Cons

    Really lacking in middle leadership. There is low priority on management of people, and consequently many resources go un-utilized. Growing company is constantly changing leadership and focusing on growing at the expense of maintaining clients.


  2. "It is an okay starting job, I guess"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food sometimes, employees are all young

    Cons

    Projects vary, no standard for how you are graded - All up to subjective opinion of your manager

    Advice to Management

    If you have a higher education, you should be compensated for such

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    - Smart, kind, and ambitious coworkers
    - Flexible work environment
    - Interesting and meaningful work

    Cons

    - Lack of diversity
    - Unrealistic billability targets
    - Lack of respect for junior staff members' time (often expected to work late with very little notice)


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Poor working environment; uncollegial; unsupportive"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cadmus Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The kind of projects employees have the opportunity to work on are great. Much work touches on important issues at the national scale.

    Cons

    Most of the management team these days is fairly new to the company, and did not earn their positions or salaries by hard work, nor by intelligence. There is a concerted effort NOT to communicate meaningful information to the staff, and there is little opportunity for junior or mid-level staff to rise based on merit.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to clients, and to employees who actually do work. Right now you're focused only on hiring more overhead staff who promise to make it rain - but spend most of their time just trying to steal credit from those who actually increase revenue.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior analyst"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits package, Decent scheduling.

    Cons

    Everything else, Horrible integration into the world of duplication and capitalization. No family time unless you are management. No incentive to work the 50-60 hours a week they are looking for. Expenses are a joke, and the constant travel is nice but 24 hour a day contact to anyone who calls you is not

    Advice to Management

    Hire apprentices or new high school graduates for this role. Stop belittling experienced staff to feel inadequit and wanting to leave.


  6. "Solid, growiing organization"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Variety of work areas - water, renewable energy, green buildings, emergency response training, international development - makes for an interesting array. Company looking to grow, not shrink, which is good for employees in terms of bottom line (Employee-owned firm) and variety. Because its employee-owned, generally a strong team environment.

    Cons

    Like any consulting firm (or job, for that matter) there are some mundane, administrative bureaucracies to deal with.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the growth strategy. Share summary of notes from Board of Directors meetings.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Free to choose own path - Expect to leave Cadmus within 3 years"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Associate in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One can choose what you work on as long as you have the skill and have networked within the company sufficiently.

    Cadmus hires bright people.

    Cons

    No regular project management training. Cadmus promotes project managers instead of hiring them.

    Encouraged to hide hours to meet administrative goals.

    Cadmus incentives inefficiency. The longer one spends wasting time on something, the better for Cadmus.

    Billability baseline assumes 0 days off a year, leading to essentially no PTO.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a project management professional for portfolio level evaluations.

    Provide incentives for employees to attending trainings (billable codes).

    Communicate business goals to employees.

    Find metrics other than billability to encourage profits. Billability metrics encourage crappy work.

    Do some investigative work to find out where people are burying hours to stop project overruns.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Tons of Work - Lack of Empathy"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of work and flexibility to work on different projects.

    Cons

    No desire to hold staff long term. Extremely high turnover, especially on the engineering side.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on billability and instead focus on quality and managment.


  9. "Operator assitance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operator Assistance in Henrico, VA
    Current Employee - Operator Assistance in Henrico, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cadmus Group full-time

    Pros

    There is opportunity for advancement bindery an press operates 24 hours

    Cons

    On your feet durations of shift

    Advice to Management

    Wonderful people to work with teams are awesome


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work for major IOU clients in North America on industry leading research projects, as well as regular renewable program evaluations.

    Cons

    In my experience, the Principal-level staff and above were overburdened, and had little to no time for mentoring conversations and staff development. The basic training program in place left many gaps, but is sufficient for basic boot camp to bring inexperienced staff up to speed on industry issues.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in really supporting the growth goals for staff by allotting time for staff and managers to talk on a regular basis and train for growth. Take the time to budget smart and listen to challenges presented on projects; collaborate to arrive at solutions that work for all parties.


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