Account Management

Is it normal to jump from AE to Account Manager in 1 year? If so, how does once convince their manager they deserve a promotion? Or if the move AE to SAE? (New to the industry)

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AE to Account Supervisor (or Manager) is one of the hardest jumps I think. I was an AE for 2 years. and that was considered decently quick. I was an AAE for 10 months. AS is extremely tough because you’re expected to be strategic and executional and straddle that line so there’s a lot to prove before you’re promoted. I found it to be the hardest of the levels and I’m glad I’m not back there. :)

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I’m already picturing the long road ahead. Thank you for your insights!

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A lot of places have forgone the AE title in place of “Account Manager”; they’re essentially the same level. Convincing your manager you deserve a promotion is an entirely different thing

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Thank you, this was helpful!

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Personal story - I worked at Ogilvy for about 14 months under very poor management and little support. They were more excited to move me to another team than to give me a review because there was so much turnover on my team and all my previous superiors left. I ended up changing agencies (a much needed move for me, got a raise but not a title change) and my new agency will actually keep you as an AAE until you can fully show at you can take on the AM role with flying colors — some of my peers here have taken at least 2.5 years to get promoted at my new shop but the majority of account people I work with here across levels are extremely competent. For your question, I’d say that it depends on where you are and that you shouldn’t feel self conscious about your title as long as you feel supported by your team

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Mine goes AAM, AM, AS, AD, GAD It’s just a title, changes by agency structure

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Yeah I'm unclear on what Account Manager is exactly. To my knowledge the jumps are AAE>AE>SAE>AS>GAS etc. I think it largely depends on the agency and how good you are at your job. Some don't like to promote no matter how well you do. One of my best friends made the jump from AAE to AS in 3 years with only 1 year at each level but I also know people who have spent 2+ years at the AE and SAE levels. If you feel like you aren't getting a promotion you deserve it's probably a good idea to start looking elsewhere

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Ahh I gotcha, thanks. I never really saw that title around. Good to know!

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On this topic, how long does it generally take to go from AAE to AE? I’ve heard a year to two years

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^leave

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