What are the benefits of moving from agency life as an art director to in house as a designer? What are the cons? I’m really needing that work life balance for my mental health.

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I struggle with that decision a lot. I’m agency but worked in-house before agency. Started as a designer and moved into more of a traditional art director. But now I’m starting to see the 2 positions meld together. My advice would be. If you’re wanting to go in-house make sure you really believe in the brand. Because you’ll burn out quick if you don’t. Also consider if you’re ok doing more design than concepting.

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Thank you. This is helpful for my search!

Agency: a team of marketing professionals with established processes to service clients creative needs. In-house: a group of marketing people trying to figure out how to make it work while managing everything under the sun up, down, and across. I made this transition. I thought we were lacking resources on the agency side, but I wasn’t expecting an absence of resources in-house. Essentially it feels like “agency life was a training ground” and now the in-house feels like a test “can do it all by myself?” A lot of ownership, but you h e to be ready to actually own it and call the shots.

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Cool. Thank you!

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Cons: Politics you can’t ever escape. Generally, most of what you make is for direct-response marketing. Pros: You will produce a ton of work and some of it has the potential to be good. You get to learn a lot about how businesses actually run and how clients think.

That’s good to know. Thank you!

I moved from an AD/Design role at an agency to in-house UX, so not sure if that’s entirely what you’re looking for, but I’ve generally liked the transition. — You become deeply knowledgeable/involved with a single topic/product. Agencies have you sorta bouncing around between clients/products/mediums, but being in-house allows you to learn about your users and product in ways you just can’t when you’re external. Offers new opportunities to innovate when you know all the ins n outs. — Some people mentioned politics. That’s true, but I don’t know that it’s all that much worse than an agency (especially if you’re at a big one) For example, I went from Ogilvy to Google, and if anything, they were less hierarchical. — Perks and pay are better. Especially if you go into tech. — Work/life balance is light years better for me since leaving an agency. I haven’t worked a weekend in years. — You can end up a little creatively stifled. Especially if you get all your inspiration from your coworkers. In-house tends to be more risk-averse, and decisions tend to come from PMs/Marketing people rather than creatives. — I find it’s easier to align yourself with the mission of a company if you’re in house. Like, if you’re passionate about sports, and go to Nike, you’re gonna bring that passion to your work because you love the field. Alternatively, if you love sports and get stuck on Bloomingdales at an agency, chances are you’ll be less excited. There’s probably more... but it’s early on a Sunday so I’m drawing a blank 🤷🏻‍♂️

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