People who left Wieden + Kennedy: why did you do it? What are the cons of WK? (Are there any?)

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It was the morning Mr. Weiden-kennedy called me into his office and was like "I want you to be the ceo" and I was like stop being so obsessed with me.

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Lots of people leave. Lots. It’s a lot of pressure and a lot work. A good friend of mine also hated PDX after awhile especially since she was a Black woman and felt like Oregon/Portland was not where she saw herself long term. If you’re on Nike, it’s almost constant work and very intense. Great people. Great work, obviously. But it’s an agency just like anywhere else in many ways. And as a woman/POC it is VERY similar to all the agencies that consider themselves progressive but can’t break the cycle of an inhospitable workplace culture for women and women of color. They’re trying. But I agree (not from personal exp, but having 2 very good friends who are alums) that every place has its own special dysfunction and toxicity because it’s still an agency and still run like an agency.

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Thank you! This is super helpful—especially to hear that PDX isn’t very hospitable long-term for POC.

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Some people want to live elsewhere. Or they are offered more money and a fancier title at another agency. Or they want to try something besides agency life. Or maybe they haven’t been getting much work produced and want to switch things up. Maybe they get an offer to work on an account somewhere that’s more appealing than the one they’re on at Wieden. Lots of reasons. To answer your second question, it depends on the accounts you’re on. Some are higher volume than others. I made three or four things I was at least medium proud of last year, and a couple more that were just fine.

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I work for someone who left recently. They didn’t have anything negative to say, had a ton of success there, loved the people and culture, but just felt intrigued by the new opportunity and decided to make the change.

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Same

Also, if any Wieden fish care to answer...what's your hit rate like working there? AKA how much work would you say you put out on a yearly basis?

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A few reasons. They have a different title structure. I know people who left because they couldn’t get promoted to the next level. CDs elsewhere are just senior creatives at W+K. Or they’d been there for a few years and made great work. So they wanted to use the momentum to take a high paying ECD or CCO job and finally make crazy money before it was too late. Others quit because they wanted to move to a different city or country.

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I had a friend who worked there. She left to get her MBA but she didn’t have anything super negative to say except that there’s a few people with ~pretentious vibes~

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