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Has anyone who has experienced an abuse of power at their agency (sexually or otherwise) and brought it to leadership had a positive experience? Did you feel valued and satisfied w/ the outcome?

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No. I had my name taken out of a project that was my idea and worked on for 7 months, blood, sweat and tears. I ended up leaving because HR and the CCOs and founders did nothing about it. Retaliation is very common in these cases, that’s why people like DMA are necessary.

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HR should almost be as shamed for abuse and complicity as the abusers themselves. Why aren’t gutless corporate lackey HR shitbags being outed, too?

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Absolutely not. Manager and HR made it the worst place I’ve ever worked at. Totally irresponsible scumbags who one day will have bad karma bite them in the ass

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No. I was shamed for it.

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Nope. My complaints seemed to reflect badly on me, not the abusers.

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No. HR reports to the bully I worked for so it was dumb to think it would work

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not one single time. former director got too insecure when i made it to sup level. credited himself the training of junior staff, put me in their same level, took me off my wings and had me working on monkey stuff and supporting coordinators. sent clients to office without telling me before, and other types of demons to fuck me over. after 1 year of dealing with this, ceo approached two times with random angry emails during the holiday break. as i followed up with in-person conversations, all ended in ‘he said, she said’ high school drama and no cogent or factual concern about my job or performance. when i brought the topic of my director picking on me and possible solutions, ceo went apeshit, started yelling, in total denial and in an aggressive manner. this almost made me vomit but i remained so calmed that it got on his nerves. someone had to be the bigger person. told them thanks so much for everything, im gonna make this very easy for you both, and resigned. i just wonder where is the good leadership nowadays? do work ethics still exist in the adlife? it has been difficult to find a real mentor in florida. i wish this to no one.

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Not once

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Sort of... I had a senior on an account, i was chipping in on the side for, continuously put his foot down on me for everything. I spoke to my ecd about how the senior was being a knob. Ecd told me to go to him and tell him to stop being a fuckwit. True story

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No. HR told me that what happened to me was inexcusable and would not be tolerated, then did nothing. They acted sympathetic and said they were going to get me off the account I was on so I wouldn’t be working for that CD anymore, but the CD asked for me to be on a huge project of theirs right as I was finally supposed to be done with them. The behavior continued and I was stuck with it for several more months until the CD was fired for reasons unrelated to me.

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Experienced discrimination because of my ethnicity; brought it up to the CEO to no avail

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Nope. Best to just leave.

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Tried to and then got fired.

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No. Seriously. Every single time you brought something up. The typical response you heard was “but they are so good with clients!” It got so bad even sexual harassment claims would go unreported. Mostly because there was no faith in the executive team and HR.

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FUCK NO. That’s why I left their irrelevant asses in the dust. May they someday realize how little it was all worth it.

It’s obviously 100% the dude’s fault. Period. But hearing all this about HR managers (which usually skew female) is disappointing as well.

The HR department at IPG made things significantly worse.

Complained about sexual harrassment with someone else who was harrassed the SAME DAY. I felt like hr took me seriously at the time but it took 3 weeks before I got a meek "don't worry about it anymore" response...he kept harrassing my friend who had to walk by him every day :( one of my other co-workers eventually heard the hr rep make a distasteful joke about the incident...he was eventually fired but I have no idea why

yes. and too scared to talk even here.

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