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considering offers from anomaly and droga5...any advice? I hear droga5 is where to be to do creative work and win awards but is very political. anomaly sounds cool but I can't really tell... thanks

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Go to the people and specifically to the boss you'd like to work with and gives you better feels. Nothing is more important and/or detrimental to your career and everyday job satisfaction than the team you're surrounded with and your immediate boss. and congrats on the slightly humble brag 😜

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I’d fear Droga being Accenturized somehow. And I’m not totally sure what that means, but sounds scary.

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Well what’s more important?? Doing good work and “playing the game”, or go to Anomaly?

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Can’t say much about droga but Gareth at anomaly is lovely. At this point in my career moving for people is as important as anything else.

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Agree. Gareth is the best and an incredible department head.

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Droga is indeed very political and you'll need to play that game to work on the truly creatively rewarding accounts. on the other hand, have heard Anomaly is plenty political as well, without the payoff of any good creative tbh, so....

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I'm obviously biased, so the best I can do is provide a few questions to guide your decision-making. Which one has been Effie Agency of the Year, 4 out of the past 5 years? Even if you think the Effie awards are BS, take them as a proxy for how much an agency cares about its strategists, to enter and win. Both will promise creativity, so which one offers the better chance for career-defining creative work? Line up the best work from each and think about the heights you can reach at each place. Others fishies have argued that not all accounts do interesting work, at both places. But which one reaches higher? Who can you learn from and grow with? It's not just your immediate team. Think about connections to brand, communications, and data strategists at each place, and about access to a larger world of business and digital experience thinkers. No doubt you'll gain experience at either place. Good luck!

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Go to anomaly! Imagine having to answer these rhetorical questions all day. ;-)

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It’s been a few years but I’ve worked at both. I was really impressed with Droga’s strategy department. Anomaly, not so much. Both have upside, both are imperfect. At both, it really helps if you become an insider/favorite. But really you can’t go wrong. It’s not like you’ll choosing between Droga and VMLYRTCVMN.

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Seconding this. Droga just has stronger strategy, especially with comms planning and how integrates into the creative idea. Johnny Bauer is one of the best in the world too.

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Anywhere you go, you’re going to be dealing with politics. First, what does your gut say? Second, do you feel it will be rewarding (mentally & professionally)? Third, will I be okay around these people everyday? Hopefully once you really think about those things, you have your answer. Sometimes we forget to listen to ourselves.

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Sounds like you did a few things right if you’ve got those two offers in-hand. You know what to do.

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If you're a GSD and not sure...how? Your seniority (assumed) would indicate you know how to assess the situation by now, no? 🤔

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every agency is political FFS....a lot of the Anomaly guys are ex Fallon London btw....three words - Game Of Thrones

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Politics happen when there are too many mediocre people around. As a creative don’t judge them by the stellar work they produced (not a lot from them these days), but by looking at their day to day work that didn’t make the adage or adweek.

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Anomaly historically is very strong strategically. I sense droga is more creative led

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Droga is equally strategic it’s just the creative is stronger too. Worked at both

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