Can you stay at the same company and still make a decent living?

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I’m in-house at a pretty large company that owns a lot of different brands. I love my job. I mean.. if Wieden came knocking tomorrow I’d be outta here.. but it’s low-stress, the brand managers are awesome.. it’s a fun brand.. and It pays well.. which is rare.

It’s still kinda starting up and finding itself, internal agency wise, but i could see myself here for a while. The company itself promotes “fast and young”. I’m gonna be 30 in a month which i think is fairly old for the industry. Kinda the age where i should be hitting my prime or looking to become a senior or ACD.

Is It possible to stay here, move around brands eventually, maybe even move to another part of the company in another country for a little, really become affluent in the brands.. and make a living just working here?

Is It worth bringing up with my managers that this is someplace I’d like to stay and grow and see what the plan would be?

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You can definitely make a decent living, but you’ll always be underpaid compared to your co-workers and industry peers. You just need to be ok with it. Your only real pay bump will be when you finally jump ship. Sad but true. I’m in the same boat as you.

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I’m in-house, but on a very big brand and creating “agency-level” work.. so hopefully i can leverage that in a year or two and make the jump, then maybe work my way back.

There are plenty of people who stick with their companies. I think we bounce around in advertising because of burnout, layoffs, and stagnating creatively after working on the same account for too long. If you’re happy and your job values you, I see no reason why you can’t move up in rank there. I mean...is there some reason you think it ISN’T possible?

Oh well that I agree with. Agencies/companies pay you more to entice you than they’d pay to keep a current employee. I haven’t thought of way to work through that. But I think people can still bring home a respectable salary while staying at a company - and it seems you’re at a nice place that won’t jerk you around too much

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