Any recommendations for any good pharma agencies with a decent life balance and good leadership? Preferably DTC. Thanks in advance

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It probably depends more on the team you work on then the agency. If you’re working on a launch, no matter the agency- you won’t have a work life balance. Also you have to click with your team and manager - more important then clicking with the agency as a whole.

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If you are in Chicago, San Diego or Atlanta, SCOUT is awesome. I worked there after Edelman and don’t have enough good things to say about it.

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I tend not to like Area 23 because it seems like all of the attitudes and egos of general agencies that we all hate about this business have ended up there, like they think they're the Wieden of Pharma. Doing good work and "good for Pharma" are *not* the same thing.

FCB - Ive seen way to much restructuring and layoffs in a short period of time, and too much of a revolving door to be comfortable there, personally.

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Yeah because actually trying harder to do good work reflects a bad attitude and an ego. I don’t know what it means to be the Wieden of pharma but I can tell you the creatives there don’t think they’re all that. Plenty of good old fashioned self loathing.

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Does that exist?

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Area 23!

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FCB Wellness division in Chicago!

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Ssw

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When I was there I loved it.... until....
They started hiring a whole slew of clueless people. I had to leave.
But work life balance was incredible

What city are you looking at? Cultures and client work can vary by cities for some agencies.

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Evoke in NYC

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Area23 doesnt do much DTC and the work/life balance can be pretty rough there.

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Thanks everyone for your help, this is helping a lot. Area23 1 would you mind describing what’s the culture like over there?

Evoke’s not terrible. If pharma’s your game.

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I second that. Great leadership. Not a country club though. It’s a work hard company.

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