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Cardenas Marketing Network Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "TAM"

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

    I worked at Cardenas Marketing Network full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice office space

    Cons

    Lack of communication, Delayed expense payments, mass confusion

    Advice to Management

    Need better leadership, avoid nepotism


  2. Helpful (1)

    "One of many hats"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cardenas Marketing Network full-time

    Pros

    There is nothing good today about the place. The music promotion business is what keeps the lights on. Without this there would be no "Agency"- if that is what they call it.

    Cons

    The "Agency" is nothing more than a fantasy playground for a dysfunctional extended family & girlfriends in Chicago and Miami, paid for by the owner's music business. Clients should beware. Should be called S&M Agency- Smoke and Mirrors Agency.

    Advice to Management

    I'n not bothering because they would not listen anyway. Just a miserable place, filled with "D" level management. Don't know how I survived/why i stayed but breathed a side of relief when i decided to move.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Que lindo"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cardenas Marketing Network full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is a dog there sometimes that's cute. Everything else is awful.

    Cons

    It is a sad place with a lot of sad people. The place is like a tomb and seems destined to go out of business. They built up the place only to fire a bunch of people and then leave most of the place empty. The boss is a real you-know-what. I don't even care if I get fired like so many others. At least I'll be out of this place and collect unemployment.

    Advice to Management

    Quit kidding yourselves. You are terrible.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "CMN- The Real Spanish Soap Opera"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cardenas Marketing Network full-time

    Pros

    - There used to be fruit and free pop, but now you are lucky if you get free water.

    - Free parking, always a plus.

    - Nini's is two blocks away (that café con leche tho!)

    - There are genuine, hard working people that are not related to the CEO who are the real assets to the company. Too bad they are not appreciated..

    Cons

    - Let's start with the department that is supposed to advocate for its employees. Human resources is a total joke and there for payroll and benefits protocol. 4:30PM is a very productive time for this "department," as this is the only time the door is open is to fire you.

    - The “leadership” at CMN is completely oblivious and lives in their own bubble. This is typical rags-to-riches story that proves that money does not buy class. Outdated sports, music, and tacky over the top memorabilia decorate the entire office.

    - Meetings from leadership consist of going to the spa, hair dresser, and luxurious events on the company or non-for-profit dime.

    - The CEO's girlfriend is basically an entertainer/hostess, and should just stay home at this point to take her meds. She's a distraction to all that provides no contribution.

    - With that said, it's clear that titles don’t mean anything and can change on a weekly basis. Titles are basically given, not earned.

    - The Business Development team, or should I say Business Undevelopment, has made little-to-no progress for the past 4 years because they have sucked dry the same 5 business associates/friends of the CEO. Marketing is non-existent at this point, so if you are looking for a sustainable marketing job, you will no longer find it here.

    - The Creative Department had a great opportunity for growth at this company, but when you invest large amounts of money into a Caucasian creative team to run Hispanic efforts, you get an agency called “Henry” with a life span of a month.

    - As per vacation days, if and only if Cardenas blood runs through your veins, you get unlimited PTO. Additional benefits include the ability to arrive to work drunk at 11:30am or leave on 5 hour lunches.

    - The Touring Department is the CEO’s baby which is justified, as it is the true money maker of the company. However, Juan Gabriel was not a tragic loss for the Latino community as a whole, but also for the over 100 CMN employees who were expecting a bonus in 2016. At the end of the year, you got a cocktail party where the liquor was donated and the tacos were limited to only one per person.

    - Company phones may seem like a good perk, but really they are a reason to be on-call 24/7, and anything that you do on your phone is traceable.

    - Your every move is being documented. The CEO lives streams directly through large TVs in his office from cameras that are placed throughout the building.

    - The company dog will be seen as more valuable than any of your hard work, blood, sweat, and tears. His name is LUCKY for a reason.

    - If you are not kissing the ground the CEO walks on, aren’t fearful of him, picking up the slack of one of his family members, or having an affair with him, your job is at risk.

    - Speaking of, there are multiple affairs going on all the time. Get your popcorn out. There might not be any business, but there's always DRAMA, so you are in for a show.

    - If it weren’t for the invention of emojis to use in lame riddles or the constant overuse of Marc Anthony content, social media would have nothing to post.

    - The day Marc Anthony retires is the day that CMN will be no more.

    Advice to Management

    If less time was spent on family vacations and more of it was focused towards resolving internal issues, this business would not be have become the toxic environment it turned into.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "I worked there and now I don't"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cardenas Marketing Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked there and they paid me money

    Cons

    Vacation Policy won't allow for time off for a year.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "CMN - A Family Affair Gone Wrong"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cardenas Marketing Network full-time

    Pros

    With over 30+ years’ experience, Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) appears to be an exciting Chicago-based marketing agency that affords the opportunity to work with a handful of major, well-known clients across multiple industries. It presents itself as a company that promotes innovation, creativity and a fun, laidback culture. However, a deeper look beneath the surface reveals a litany of problems to correct – from organizational mismanagement to lack of strategic direction to sub-standard treatment of its human capital – and it’s become abundantly clear that the company’s days are numbered.

    Cons

    One of the major problems Cardenas Marketing Network has is a complete mismanagement of company resources and an overall lack of strategic planning. In addition to excessive and irresponsible spending by the management and an overdependence on weak connections for current and new business, there are no clear long-term goals. CMN constantly fails to understand clients’ needs, demonstrates a lack of product knowledge, and looks toward outsourcing work to other companies, which has resulted in revenue loss and employee layoffs (20+) amounting to over 20% of its workforce. Senior management has blamed its financial losses on incompetent employees, but its own lack of transparency, accountability, and industry knowledge are the main reasons behind its recurring failure.
    Employees have consistently brought creativity and resourceful thinking for which any agency would pay top dollar. But rather than value its employees with adequate compensation and incentives, CMN falls well below industry-standards. The company offers only 6 paid holidays and 10 paid vacation days, both of which fail to consider unforeseen circumstances (medical emergencies, extended sickness, etc.). Under strict sign-in and sign-out policies, employees constantly work in stressful conditions and unrewarding conditions. Security cameras monitor employees in many rooms and all public areas, therefore creating a harsh, prison-like environment which has brought employee morale and job satisfaction to an all-time low.
    The company also has demonstrated a non-too-subtle favoritism towards friends and family. Nepotism is rampant – so much so that CMN has been called out online on several occasions – with most senior management positions filled by unqualified and inexperienced persons who impose strict policies on employees but applies a double (no-fault) standard upon their own performance. This practice means that there are no opportunities for professional growth and advancement within the company. The CEO favors family over good business sense and as thus erased any sense of positivity, culture, and sense of community among his employees, yet he refuses to make the necessary changes by ignoring the existence of a problem.

    Advice to Management

    Cardenas Marketing Network cannot compete with other marketing agencies if it continues to run itself like a family business. Senior management must learn to hire highly-qualified and experienced professionals, and stop its partiality towards hiring friends and family for senior-level roles. It must commit to organizational restructuring from the top level down and must adapt to industry best practices. Management should also place greater value towards its employees; human capital is one of its best assets, but far too many creative and talented professionals are looking for roles outside of the company because they aren’t appreciated and rewarded for the great work they do, despite always working harder and putting in greater effort than management.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "On it's last leggs..CMN is finished"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cardenas Marketing Network full-time

    Pros

    There is plenty of giant Tvs and led boards....

    Cons

    Hopes , dreams , careers all die at this place. Zero management . Zero chance of promoting within. There is a reason a giant 3 story building has less than 20 people working in it ..the end is near

    Advice to Management

    I would give advice to management , but technically, that department doesn't even exist....

  8. "Project Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Cardenas Marketing Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Culture and Employees. Fun events

    Cons

    Not opportunities, low salary and too much work sometimes


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not a company to work for"

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

    I worked at Cardenas Marketing Network full-time

    Pros

    There are few co-workers who are have good hearts and hard working people. Sad to see them taken advantage of

    Cons

    Where to begin...

    -Salaries are not within market
    -Don't expect a review/raise
    -Be nice to the family/gf working there or else you will be fired
    -CFO is verbally abusive and sometimes throws things
    -HR is a joke, all they do is just process payroll. They don't help with anything and don't keep anything confidential
    -Vacation is a joke
    -No work/life balance
    -Prepare to work holidays... and not to be let out early even though leadership sneaks out early themselves
    -When CEO is in town the whole office is tense. Don't let him be in a bad mood bc everyone will feel it

    Not a company I would recommend to work for. Too much shady business/deals made. Big time nepotism happening.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who know the business and trust them to run it. Don't let your family drama come into it and ruin what could be successful.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Team Member"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Cardenas Marketing Network full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working at CMN gave me experiences in tasks and responsibilities I had never taken on before. This was both a positive and a negative as these responsibilities were learning abilities for me, but at the same time were way outside of my job scope and description and the expectation to simply get everything done was abundant and expected. Having the ability to attend major Latin events was a major plus for the team.

    Cons

    - Extremely long hours. Daily per diems were provided during travel time, but no incentive was ever offered for 10+ hours without breaks or lunch hours.
     - Expectations were sometimes unrealistic and people are set up to fail. Communication is almost non-existent in both a general sense, constructive criticism or feedback.
     - The office is run on a general consensus of fear. Depending on the day, mood of the CEO and upper management, employees felt the brunt. Lots of open yelling, cussing, throwing of papers and general unprofessional behavior.
     - People are stretched extremely thin. Everyone seemed to be doing the job of two people.
     - The CEO's family run several departments of the company and micromanaging back to him made the day-to-day for others extremely tough.
    - Incohesive team and company dynamic.


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