I started a full time in-house design job that pays extremely well. I barely have to work at all. This makes me very confused since I kept hearing stories of people working 60+ hr weeks as designers at ad agencies. I am not complaining, but I have this creeping irrational feeling that I’ll get fired for not working even though there’s nothing for me to do. Should i be making up projects or asking for more work? Or just chill out? I just feel very confused. Are a lot of full time jobs like this?

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Got laid off and I am struggling to find a job + when I melt down thinking I won’t find anything any time soon even though I love the ad industry, my partner suggest to switch fields. Anyone going through the same?

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Recently joined a digital / social first shop after getting laid off from a traditional ad agency... it’s amazing how much more impactful the work can be when every single person that you work with isn’t just trying to make a TV spot.

Just needed to shout this into the abyss. Thank you.

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Hi y’all, I am a Design Strategist at a Minneapolis AD agency. I have 3 years of Ad experience, switched from corporate environment. If this year taught me anything it’s not to be surprised. After George Floyd I can’t help but judge my environment and how senseless and apathetic non-BIPOC people can be to our realities. A whole pandemic going on, a few days away from the election and I got laid off. I’m a Black woman with a strong work ethic, if anyone has career advice please share. Thank you!

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I hired this digital marketing guy and he's doing alright but he doesn't respond to my emails. I almost fired him yesterday after he tested with 50% of our ad budget. I paid a month in advance and I honestly don't see this moving forward past the first month. Anyone have experiences that might help me make this decision?

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For the ad veterans on here: is it worth staying agency-side in your mid-career?

All of these posts from people working insane hours, weekends, layoffs, ageism, etc. are making me wonder if I should just go client-side next.

I want to learn more, do work for national brands, and work with smart, talented people... But I also don't want the insane hours or constant threat of downsizing.

Do agencies that offer the above with some form of work-life balance exist?

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OK, biggest fuck up of your career? Mine: I didn’t check the final proof for a supermarket print ad so there was a fridge on sale for 50 bucks. Almost got fired. Yours?

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My old agency is soon going to be releasing work that was originally my art director and my idea - got laid off during COVID. It probably has changed since we left, but can we still ask to have our names on the project?

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I’m being let go. It came as a surprise because my time with the company I’ve gotten positive feedback. A couple of weeks ago my boss told me that I was being put on a 30 day performance review plan. The last 2 weeks I’ve gotten positive feedback about improvement but on Thursday my boss decided to cut the review plan short and give me an end date. Since I’ve been there <1 year I’m getting 2 weeks severance. Is there room for severance negotiation? A friend in HR (not ad) told me I should ask.

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I'm kicking myself--I've got a number of side gigs, one in particular that I've been running since 2016. I'm not a marketing guy, so I hired a small box ad firm to run my marketing for about 1.5 years and had a -3x marketing ROI during that timeframe, just dumping money down the drain.

Fired them in the spring and started marketing it myself and have been seeing a so far scalable ~2-2.5x marketing ROI since I started experimenting with my marketing budget in June.

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I’ve applied to over 40 jobs since I was laid off in March. Not one click to my portfolio, per analytics. With a family of four, we are being spread thin. Not only is the income desperately needed, but my creative soul needs a release. I would be happy to do typical Art Director work but I’m “over qualified” for that and am never taken seriously when applying for work below CD/ACD. If anyone needs or know of any company needing freelance work, large or small—I’d really appreciate the lead. 🙏

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Should an ad agency be able to thoroughly check my references and ask for my entire employment history (including why I left each job) before agreeing on a salary?

I’ve had 7 interviews, met every stakeholder, was initially approached by one of them, who will be my boss. Plus I’ve had great feedback after every interview.

I was laid off from my previous job because of COVID so don’t have a ton of leverage. But that shouldn’t make me powerless. The process just seems like overkill.

Thoughts?

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Should an ad agency be able to thoroughly check my references and ask for my entire employment history (including why I left each job) before agreeing on a salary?

I’ve had 7 interviews, met every stakeholder, was initially approached by one of them, who will be my boss. Plus I’ve had great feedback after every interview.

I was laid off from my previous job because of COVID so don’t have a ton of leverage. But that shouldn’t make me powerless. The process just seems like overkill.

Thoughts?

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is the pay jump from jr. to ad or senior that drastic?

Backstory. First generation college student, first in fam to have “an office job with benefits etc and pto.” Recently been seeing a lot of posts about creatives, why certain positions are more likely to get fired etc. what jumped out at me was the $$ people were giving for each position. I assumed jr’s are like 40-50k, ad 50-60k, senior 60-70k. These posts are saying it’s more like 40-50k, 60-70k and 80-90k. Is that real?

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When is it time to ask about or even start thinking about a promotion?

I have been at my current agency for 15mo and it’s my first real job. Since Covid, I feel like I have a lot more responsibilities and have been doing what I think is AD and even senior AD stuff (especially the last two months since my agency laid off a bunch of people. Our team lost an ACD and AD).

The AD role is open on our team. I’m wondering if I should ask about it or not. What can I do to show them I’m ready?

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With the W&K layoffs ...
1. Recruiters are getting psyched.
2. Freelancers are even more unnerved.
3. Axe will fall on people phoning it in at other shops.

What are your other predictions ? People leave ad game altogether?

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I’m finding that a weird side effect of losing my job in this climate is ad agencies taking advantage of my weakened position. They get in touch, proactively or in response to my reaching out, and they want to hire me as they are in good shape. When I reveal I was laid off, the offer changes to freelance or maybe nothing. My work, awards, the fact that they know me and approached me in the first place should be enough. I don’t want to lie about my situation. Any ideas how to avoid this?

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Are there any more new layoffs in Toronto?
Or
Any agencies that didn’t experience layoffs?

It’d be nice to get a sense of the Toronto Ad scene at this point.

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Another one of my friends was laid off today :/ On the plus side, their company is giving them full pay & health benefits for four months & letting them keep any equipment they had. (100% not an ad agency.) I’m so bummed for them, but honestly I’m secretly low key jealous and wish I could just take a sabbatical from my agency job with that sort of severance package. I’m grateful for my job during this time, but this industry is burning me out. I can’t remember the last time I was happy.

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So basically everyone I know is getting laid off in the ad world. It’s pretty terrifying. Also infuriating that all of these people were working insane hours up until getting dumped. Seems crazy they major holding-company owned places couldn’t handle 2 months of uncertainty. Are they actually still trying to make $$ for shareholders? The top dogs getting millions?

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Was a Junior AD at an experiential agency before layoffs w/ the goal of working at a “traditional” agency. Looking for advice and feedback on how to improve/add to my book with that in mind.

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That moment when you see a liquor ad campaign that you worked on but you were just laid off

...and you happen to be currently drunk off the SAME brand. The irony of life is a true marvel.

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After layoffs and people quitting I’m just realizing that I’m going to be the most senior art person left...I’m a jr art director a year out of school now working with an ECD and a bunch of interns...

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Anyone have experience with half of a CW/AD team getting laid off?

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Were you salaried and then laid off or experienced a pay decrease? I’m feeling alone because all my Ad friends are still working full time and my salary has been reduced.

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I feel maybe this is the last thing people wanna hear rn but I just landed an ACD role at an amazing tech company after getting laid off from an awful AD agency role last fall and i’m just...😭🙏🏻

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Aaaaand I got laid off. I think the smaller boutique agencies are hit the hardest.

If any one is looking for an AD/ACD for help, holler!

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So I am a Junior AD that is currently employed and looking for my first job. I see that agencies at times have layoffs. Do juniors usually get let go first?

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Any Junior AD or AD spots out there I’m willing to relocate! I’ve been laid off for a month and haven’t quite landed yet. Looking for leads.

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I need help framing my story. I freelanced for several years before taking an in-house role 6 months ago as an AD (but effectively ACD) managing a team of 10. I just got laid off and...

Laid off after Thanksgiving. 54. Not done yet. Plenty to offer. In Detroit but ready and able to move anywhere. AD/CD. Hangin in there. How bout you?

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Got laid off this week—any freelance opportunities floating around for an Art Director? I’ll literally take anything at this point.

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Art Director: *gets laid off*
Art Director on LinkedIn: *updates title to Freelance Creative Director*

....no.

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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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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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layoffs at fcb, burnett and ddb chicago all in the last few weeks. layoffs motherfucking everywhere. happy friday, ad friends!

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Is BBDO having layoffs? I’m scared.

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Hi,
CCTC including all benefits is 16.57 with 8.3 YOE, primarily focused on Manual Testing.
Is it worth looking for another opportunity?
I am afraid after seeing layoffs news of EPAM, Publicis Sapient & most of the other companies calling employees in the office.
I love my WFH in PwC India & base location of Kolkata. & the best thing is stability in PwC India, they never lay off!!

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Just got fired.. any opportunities out there in North America.

Strategy consultant, manager level ; experience in consumer markets: I heard technology sector is hiring. Open to relocation

So are the layoffs at Deloitte over ?

Got laid off. Going to start freelancing. Any 'loop hole' advice you FL 🐠 can lend? (Tax stuff, employment benefits etc.)

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Hey everybody. Got laid off at D. BTA within strategy and analytics. Mostly LS/HC experience. Anybody can help out with a referral anywhere? Thank you!

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Has anyone at PwC been fired over the phone? A friend of min got a discussion invite. What should they ask about in terms of vacation, severance etc?

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NEW HIRES! Stay away from PwC! Look for a new job and cancel your contract before it's too late... You'll be fired 3 months into the firm...

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Anyone here familiar with the hiring process of KPMG consulting in Van? Had a partner interview on Nov 21, thought the feedback was positive but haven't heard back yet (no rejection/offer). Is it something normal or the interview just didn't go as well as I thought?

It's an experienced hire for an SC role. I saw the posting is still open atm, and my guess is that the recruiting team is comparing candidates since competition is higher due to recent layoffs.

Thanks in advance!

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Better to be bold and to stand up to a client or just shut up and tell them they're right/take their shit? Senior associate who doesn't care much if fired

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International student and Deloitte C here who was laid off recently. Given the circumstances (COVID, my visa status, Trump’s new executive order), I need to find a new job ASAP or I risk being uprooted from a country I’ve invested so much into. I graduated with a degree in civil engineering, co-founded a social impact startup at 20 and worked for ~2 years in Deloitte. Ideally looking to pivot to something more strategy based but any and all leads will be greatly appreciated at this point!

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Layoffs definitely happening at Capgemini from senior positions down.

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Have offer from a financial services company. Amazing $, benefits etc. BUT they laid off a HUGE chunk of people (30% of company) early this year.... is this typically a cause for concern moving fwd?

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What is the best/quickest way to get laid off? Asking for a friend.

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1st interview for a job tomorrow, besides recruiter intvw, and recruiter was really interested in why I want to leave after only a year. Writing on the wall says layoffs. Is that an “ok” answer?

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Anyone hiring in Houston? About to get laid off from technology sr consultant role. Willing to travel as much as necessary (when possible)

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Seems like Deloitte tech is also going through layoffs. A SL I know just got laid off

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Deloitte layoffs in deals-based groups? 😨

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FYI, be wary if someone calls you saying they’re from unemployment. I just received a call from “Justin” saying he was calling regarding my claims issues. The claim he was referring to 1 that’s been closed already (due to severance) & and I have a new one that’s approved. He asked if the last 4 digits of my SSN were my phone number(?). He couldn’t read me back the digits or any info he had in the system. I was told previously in the message portal they can’t call directly to discuss claims 🚩🚩

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P.S. I know audit isn't glamorous and pay is sh*t, but this is the only opportunity I have currently and want to make the most out of it.

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