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Is it worth it to jump to ECD? Pros cons? I'm still deliberating...

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An ECD comes in and clearly doesn't like anyone pre-him...anything you can do or just accept your fate? I'm seeing everyone (paid more than me) getting unceremoniously forced out or pay cut.

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This is about internal reviews. The one that happens before client presentation. In my experience, these reviews have become very tasking over the last few years. Everyone is riding on assumptions. Bi… more

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What are some of the KPIs you have in place to measure your team’s growth for each designer?

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For 360 reviews - is it weird/bad to have someone with a lower title than you do one of your 360 reviews?

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The growth spurt/jump from CD to ECD seems intense. I am curious about others experience in this space when they did or didn’t make the jump. Of course the money is a big benefit but really want to kn… more

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Has anyone here become a CD but a few years in realized they would rather be doing the creative? Is it career death to go back to doing what you loved?

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Hi all. New Fishbowler here. I’m ECD of my own agency, which is small but growing fast. I worry I’m not doing a good enough job because I’ve almost always worked for myself – freelance or leading my o… more

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Right now, I’m at 48-72 hours with some places that I’m expecting will reach out with offer letters. I’m used to getting the offer within 24 hours after the final interview. Has me curious: What’s the… more

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Anyone have any experience being squeezed into an invisible layer on an account? Have an active ECD, CCO, and over eager ACDs who have openly expressed a desire to be CDs, and I’m feeling the pinch. T… more

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What are your thoughts about putting pitch work on your portfolio site if it never got produced?

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Where do you host your portfolio? I've never made one. Been at the same agency for so long. Also, do share your work link if you can.

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When one of your direct reports messes up in a way that may end up costing the client and/or agency money, how do you handle it? I don't want them to feel like shit but I do need to say something… more

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A startup with no CMO wants to hire me to “handle all their marketing.” Can anyone recommend a book on how to be a CMO? I know branding and creative, and have a solid knowledge of creative strat, but … more

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Should CDs always work with a partner? I never had a partner at CD level but was running a team of juniors - but my current agency’s leadership (and CDs I manage) have the expectation of partner teams… more

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Although they pay $100k under market rate for a CD in NY, at least they're upfront about this being a total waste of your time.

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I have a friend that has been on medical leave for 3 years. Now he is able to go back to work. How can I help him get back in it? He is an art director. What should he put on his resume for those thre… more

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How does brand strategy work at your agency? Do you have account planners? Do you find them valuable? What do they bring you? At my agency some believe that the only strategists who belong on staff a… more

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real question: is winning one bronze lion on a real client, for a real brief, with real testing, 8 months of research on that idea , to solve real strategic objectives, equal to winning a grand prix … more

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I've been art directing in print/digital magazines, collateral, marketing, social media, and short animation social. I'm trained in web design but have no real-world experience outside of my c… more

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What are your go-to resources for finding freelance creatives? We’re specifically looking for conceptual Art Directors and Copywriters - but open to other creatives as well. Thanks!

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I've joined an agency and have someone in my team who's been there ten years and in my view is an average to below average performer who's now overpaid for their value. In Australia, it co… more

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Anyone else reluctant to put a shout-out looking for new creative hires on LinkedIn as it will invariably lead to old colleagues asking to be considered and you don’t want to let them down? 😬

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Considering changing our entry level writer and art director or designers to something less cutting than “junior” or corpy as “associate.” Fine to entertain the expected snark, but genuinely looking f… more

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Yo. Fellow ECD/CDs chill. Every ECD/CD job I interview for there’s like a hundred others interviewing for the same position. Let a brother have a chance…getting real tired of cup ramen. 😭

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I’m burnt out, exhausted and depressed. Will walking away and taking significant time off (like 6-9 months) help?

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I’m reviewing a copywriter’s book. 7 projects in, all live action videos, I’ve yet to hear a word of dialogue. The one thing I’ve been able to determine is that they work with some solid ADs.

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At what point in your career would you make the switch to pharma?

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I’m being terminated at the end of August because I’m gay… I was told my “lifestyle no longer fits within the culture of the organization”. I was told I’m being given a severance check and should fee… more

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How much of a pay increase do you suggest asking for and have had success with? 10k, 15k, 20k? Trying to gauge if I’m thinking too big or too small. Internal raise, not going to another company.

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If you’re an LA-based Director in the entertainment / music industry... may I ask your salary? Planning to ask for a raise and don’t want to undercut myself.

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Anyone have a good example of a funny B2B ad? Do you have any faves in the category?

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Seeking advice- A Sr. AD has been nothing but trouble on our team, and was on verge of getting let go. They’ve accepted another job this week at a top agency. Looking at their portfolio, I noticed … more

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Anyone else intentionally not chasing a super high salary, for career longevity?

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Anybody got advice on finding ACD/CD (writer) gigs in-house? Preferably in tech. But open to other opportunities that pay decent. I'm burnt out by the agency grind. Getting older. Need more balanc… more

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A few months into a new job. Loving this big challenge, but I’m stressed out of my mind and overworked. Any tips on setting boundaries for a job that I love but that could very well lead to burnout if… more

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What are your best practices for managing direct reports? Can you share your wisdom, mistakes, wins, general do’s and don’ts?

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