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What are some genuinely great agencies to work for in Chicago? I realize there is no perfect company, but I want to keep an eye on agencies that have a solid mix of work and culture.

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I hate to be the one the break the news, but there really isn’t a genuinely great agency left in Chicago. I would say as of late that High Dive is doing the most interesting work, but that could just be a one year hot streak. In terms of other options, you have the big holding company options from Publicis, WPP, Omnicom, and IPG and none of them are doing noticeably interesting work. R/GA and Mekanism left the city because of COVID making the small pool of options even smaller. There are some small indies like OKRP and C+K, but again nothing that interesting. In house at Allstate or McDonald’s exists but you’ll be getting the scraps of creative that Wieden and Droga don’t want

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That’s good to hear @R/GA 1! I’m rooting for you all from afar

My understanding is any of the big agencies really depend on what team you’re on. People on one team will tell you it’s amazing and people on another team will be running for the exits. So at the big shops it’s more about working for the right CDs. High Dive is definitely killing it. I have heard great stuff about OKRP. Laughlin Constable has some great people and produces some really quality work once in a while. Avoid Escape Pod like syphilis.

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Can I ask for elaboration? Genuinely curious about that place. Had held it in high regard but would love to know if/why I’m wrong.

VSA partners is probably the best. definitely not any of the big holding company agencies.

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Don’t know how you feel about the work being done from our agency, but I can tell you that the culture is good!

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Ahhh well I’m sorry to hear that. I know it definitely varies by team.

I love ddb. I know it’s an agency people love to hate but I’ve been there for 8+ years. No complaints apart from things that come with being in the industry. I’ve been lucky to be on great teams and when I haven’t I have been lucky enough to find that one boss/ mentor to help me out. All to say, the team and people matter more. Sometimes all you need is one strong support.

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