Is the ad agency biz model dying a slow death? Layoffs, consolidations, no longer valued by clients, seen as a middle man/cost center, no hard proof of ROI anymore, etc, etc. Discuss.

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Question: currently working at a tiny shop. The kind where personality/work ethic makes a big impact. Saw an AD interviewing. She got fired from her last gig. Not sure why. Do I tell the agency?

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Our last senior AD was laid off almost a year ago. My AD partner (the only other woman in our dept) has basically taken on the bulk of his work since then and is killin it. Yet we are about to… (1/2)

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I was laid off recently and am looking for another Art Director position. The problem I’m facing is that I went from Jr. Art Director to Art Director after only 9 months and most of the Art Director

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Have you heard of any companies/ ad agencies giving a list of titles and ages of those who were laid-off, to demonstrate that age is not a factor in layoffs? (List is given to laid-off people over 40)

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If one of your major clients(m) came on to your senior art director(m), and after being rejected decided to pull their business from your agency unless you fired the AD. What would you do?

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LA, what's good? I know basically every agency out here had layoffs last year, so is anyone looking to hire a mid-level AD?

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Whether it's layoffs or working 80+ hour weeks, the ad industry sure does a great job of killing holiday spirit.

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Besides going client side, what roles/industries that are an easy transition for account? Not sure I’m cut out for the consistent turnover and layoffs I’ve been seeing in the ad agency model

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I just wanna say that I was the Sr Art Director that was laid off and asked for prayer. Now I’m not only employed but also got leveled up. Thank you for all of you that lended a nice word or prayed

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I wish Ad salaries were like NBA salaries. Each year you get a ridiculous raise no matter how shitty you perform. If you are good you get bird rights and no layoff clauses. And retire at 35.

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Been in an ad agency for almost 3 yrs. Recently got laid off. I have no digital (besides social) in my book, and I’m losing opportunities for it. General Assembly course? Any other suggestions?

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Ah the great Ad Agency Bubble, your agency is doing great, growing exponentially then boom, clients are lost, there are layoffs and there are no raises/promotions for a year. What do you do jump ship?

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If one of your major clients(m) came on to your senior art director(m), and after being rejected decided to pull their business from your agency unless you fired the AD. What would you do?

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LA, what's good? I know basically every agency out here had layoffs last year, so is anyone looking to hire a mid-level AD?

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Have you heard of any companies/ ad agencies giving a list of titles and ages of those who were laid-off, to demonstrate that age is not a factor in layoffs? (List is given to laid-off people over 40)

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Is the ad agency biz model dying a slow death? Layoffs, consolidations, no longer valued by clients, seen as a middle man/cost center, no hard proof of ROI anymore, etc, etc. Discuss.

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Why stay in advertising? Left 7 years ago, from AD to software UX/UI. It seems to have impossibly gotten worse: deadlines, pay, layoffs, etc... I’m getting paid way more, less hours. So, why stay?

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I was laid off recently and am looking for another Art Director position. The problem I’m facing is that I went from Jr. Art Director to Art Director after only 9 months and most of the Art Director

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Question: currently working at a tiny shop. The kind where personality/work ethic makes a big impact. Saw an AD interviewing. She got fired from her last gig. Not sure why. Do I tell the agency?

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Our last senior AD was laid off almost a year ago. My AD partner (the only other woman in our dept) has basically taken on the bulk of his work since then and is killin it. Yet we are about to… (1/2)

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Besides going client side, what roles/industries that are an easy transition for account? Not sure I’m cut out for the consistent turnover and layoffs I’ve been seeing in the ad agency model

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I wish Ad salaries were like NBA salaries. Each year you get a ridiculous raise no matter how shitty you perform. If you are good you get bird rights and no layoff clauses. And retire at 35.

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Been in an ad agency for almost 3 yrs. Recently got laid off. I have no digital (besides social) in my book, and I’m losing opportunities for it. General Assembly course? Any other suggestions?

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Ah the great Ad Agency Bubble, your agency is doing great, growing exponentially then boom, clients are lost, there are layoffs and there are no raises/promotions for a year. What do you do jump ship?

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What is everyone’s thoughts on the future of (big) ad agencies? With lots of companies bringing it in-house, clients asking for a lot more with less and Agency layoffs left and right. Cont...

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Consumer spending is way down. Ad agencies are having layoffs. Are we the canary in the coal mine for a larger nationwide trend? Should I be buying gold or just take off my tinfoil hat?

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Hey gals— I was just laid off and am looking for a mid-senior AD role in a Denver agency. Have you all heard of any new biz wins or open positions?

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Is all the talk of layoffs on here a harbinger to the end of the ad agency? Or do people just like complaining? A little from column A, a little from column B?

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Lots of my ad friends have been laid off recently and are having trouble finding jobs in NYC. Wanted to share to give us all perspective in a place with so much job-hate talk.

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Hello Fishbowl - A talented senior-level AD friend in Orange County got laid off before the holidays -- she does have healthcare experience. Does anyone know of opportunities she could scope out?

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