Hi all, I’ve been working in agencies for just under ten years. I’m at the point where I feel so undervalued in agency and I’m beginning to question whether I should pack it all in. Does it get better?

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Hey, I’m sorry this is happening to you. I was in the same position. I worked in different digital shops (R/GA, Huge…). They all felt the same. I eventually left and went in-house, and life is so much better. It has been a year and a half and haven’t been frustrated once. Agencies don’t care about their designers. I should have done the switch a long time ago. I highly recommend it.

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If you become creative director then you’ll be treated a bit better anything below that… I think it would be dependant on the company.

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I think it depends on what you think would make you feel valued. I’ve definitely been there and have felt that on both the agency and brand side. I’d say it can be better, but it probably won’t just happen…. For me it was a matter of finding the right kind of role and having a growth trajectory. To make a big change for yourself I guess… not every change needs to be part of climbing the ladder… maybe there are ways you can specialize that make you valuable in areas you have a particular interest. It’s tough to say specifically whether it will get better or what might make it better, but the good news is that it’s your path to choose.

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