Bigger isn’t better

April 6, 2009 at 2:35 pm (agencies, Gossip, industry) (, , , )

I was out with a friend the other night who works at a major international ad agency, which shall remain undisclosed, but it’s one of the awards whores and one that every little ad boy and girl vie to get their foot into. When we graduated from school this friend was crazy about the ad biz, just loved it. But after working at this huge and prestigious shop, they are ready to quit forever, and angry and bitter at the world.
So wtf? Getting briefs at 5am, working ’til midnight every Friday, being frequently scolded by the CD, and feeling untrusted because you’re the only one in the office not snorting cocaine, might have something to do with it.
It makes me appreciate working in a small shop that much more. People here are bonded and look out for each other, no one takes credit for each others work, and I can’t imagine my Creative Director every saying anything like, “fuck you, go back to the drawing board”.
To me, Monday morning isn’t even a bad thing anymore. Whereas at some other places, every day feels like a shitty Monday. Even the weekends, because you’re just that bitter. The only benefit of working in a huge international shop seems to be simply the name on your resume. And even that doesn’t sound like it’s worth it. I’d stay loyal to the small shops (especially this one) over the big ones annnyy day of the week.

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