Just joined this bowl. Seeing a ton of “What is Agency X’s culture like...” posts. You don’t honestly think one is different than the other, do you? Please help me understand

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I work for a holding company in which there are many agencies. Each is different from the next - it’s the behavior that leadership encourages, role models, and rewards. Often times it’s subtle differences, but there’re definitely there. The trick is finding an insider that can tell you how it really is. But often it’s so dependent on our own needs and style that experiences tend to vary from one person to the next. It’s the aggregate vibe that one should look for then bring your own thing to it to make it better. Or something like that

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Why don’t you think the cultures are different? Leadership is different. And that’s why often when a leader leaves an agency, the culture changes, and it’s better for some and worse for others. I’ve worked at numerous agencies and while there are some problems that are consistent, each agency definitely has its own flavor.

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I totally know what you mean, OP. And, having been at 6 different ones, there are definitely differences, specifically more obvious between the independent ones and the networks.

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There are difference in the social culture for sure. At my first agency no one socialized outside work, ever, and there were no agency events. A lot of the people were also married with kids so there wasn’t interest in socializing anyway. At my current agency there are an overwhelming number of events every week and socializing if very encouraged. I know some people that have become roommates. Much more of a “family” vibe.

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I’d rather not say here because it’s small, but you can DM me if you’re interested

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If you’re talking about the culture differences between pharma shops, hell yes there’s a difference.

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