I work in advertising & I hate it. Actually I don’t know anyone who does like it.
The industry is full of young people. The average age in my work place is 27!
People get to the stage when they grow up and think I can’t do this any longer & leave.
They try to keep people working in advertising agencies by giving them what we refer to as shiny things. Lots of alcohol, long boozy lunches, parties and try to make work into one bit party. There’s a work party at least once a month. We get given things from media suppliers like concert tickets, helicopter rides, trips away overseas in hope of bribing us for a portion of our huge advertising budgets. I’ve eaten my way around the best restaurants in my city and not paid a cent. Had many cocktails on the way.
The decent people leave advertising and then the senior people promote the people like them who love to party and not grow up. The leaders of our industry are immature, arrogant, still partying like it’s 1999 & they’re 50. They’re constantly cheating on their wives. My boss is famous for sleeping with grads and he has his partner at home with 2 kids. I don’t really feel that sorry for his partner as she was the other women once & broke up his marriage. Leopards don’t change their spots.
I’m not going to my Christmas party this week. Why? Cocaine will be snorted in the bathrooms and everyone will be off their face drunk. Everyone has to be at work no later than 10.30 am on Friday. Doesn’t matter if youre still drunk and lying on the floor. Or running to the bathroom to vomit. As long as youre there. McDonald’s will be delivered at 10.30 for hang overs.
Sexual harassment is terrible too. Don’t even get me started. I’ve thrown wine all over some guy when I was younger as he wouldn’t listen to no and kept trying to sit on me! He was much older and didn’t remember it on Monday.
The clients (marketers) are mainly bullies & jerks. I don’t work with clients these days for that reason. There’s a huge amount of work that’s never ending & it’s very busy. You get a lot of young people 2 years out of university that get promoted very quickly and get no senior support.
I can’t wait to have a baby. Then I’m gone and not coming back.
In all fairness, I love the work but not the amount of it. I’ve met some of my best friends at work as we are all young. However my friends are all the ones who don’t fit in and want another career. It’s hard for them to leave when they get paid so well though. Always the issue.
I fell into advertising. I studied Public Relations which I believe is no better.
So yeah don’t work in advertising. Working on famous brands isn’t worth it..
Oh and the Donald Draper era aka mad men isn’t dead. It isn’t as bad as 60s to 90s but it’s still there