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Agency Tales: One Producer’s Air-Conditioned Nightmare


Whenever we get a tip regarding a certain boss at a certain agency who’s being an asshole to his or her employees, it’s easy to just shove it into the blind item section and whip up a quick post since these things aren’t the easiest to verify and most of the time, it’s pretty subjective.

But in this case, we decided to dig in a bit more and try to get second opinions from other former employees who could verify what was being said by our original source, who alleges that this particular boss is “universally loathed” and several staffers have left because of this person over the past year.

So, we put out a few inquiries and someone finally stood up and had plenty to say about their time at this particular agency. Truth be told, there was little positive to be gleaned from the boss of our source’s department judging by the latter’s comments. Still, to protect the identities of all those involved, we’ve left out names, gender and major clients (yeah, we know it saps the fun out of it all). Read on after the jump for various assorted tidbits from this former employee (who in industry terms, let’s say, was a veteran) at this notable agency and draw your own conclusions on who they’re referring to.

By the way, we’re hoping to turn this into a weekly item, so if you feel like revealing your nightmarish agency experience, feel free to email us (and yes, it shall remain anonymous if you wish) at agencyspy [at] gmail dot com.

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Blind Item: Which Agency CD Allegedly Has No Patience for Your Grave Illness?


Apparently, respiratory illness and being absent for a lengthy period of time because of it will not fly at a certain well-known agency according to one spy. Of course, sour grapes could always be the case when it comes to informing AS of something like this, but here goes (and sadly, we can’t take credit for “the pneumonia” part):

“___________, Creative director at ___________ fired a well respected art director for being out 3 weeks with the pneumonia. On top of that, he didn’t even have the stones to do it himself. He had HR do it while he hid out in LA. He has refused to man up and explain to the creative why he could possibly justify it. Sad, little man indeed.”

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Blind Item: Which Agency’s Hispanic Division is Apparently Getting No Amor?


According to one tipster, there’s plenty of grumbling within a new Hispanic unit at a notable agency. Hate when that happens. Read on:

Everyone at the…hispanic market division of _________ hates it. Most people say they were recruited with false promises and employee morale is depressing. Almost all of them feel duped and want to leave as soon as possible, but the system in ____ is so that they make it very, very difficult for you to do so, even if you have another offer from some other place. As soon as you’re hired you owe them your relocation, your sign in bonus, and are locked in for 3 years. The division is terribly under staffed and they are the only part of ____ that works 70-80 hour weeks. [The] dictator-like style does not work well with people coming from other agencies. That’s why [he/she] hires recent grads often, so they can be brainwashed and drink the…kool-aid from an early age.”

Time to play the guessing game once again, folks.

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Blind Item: Which Agency Creative is One Step Away From Wielding a ‘Will Work for Food’ Sign?


Nothing like a blind item to shake off the post-holiday rust, and this one is rather interesting since it involves a certain well-known agency with a certain well-known flagship client that may or may not have sharply reduced its ad spending last year. Of course, this is all unconfirmed and could just be a case of sour grapes, but that’s the way the blind item world turns. Here goes:

“A ________ creative in charge of their big money ________ account has been taking money in exchange for work from post production companies in ______. Each company gives [him/her] a few hundred dollars, cash, every time [he/she] shows up with a job. [He/she] has had some serious tax troubles in the past and most of [his/her] six figure salary is garnished by the IRS.”

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Blind Item: Which Agency’s Freelancer Fumbles Cause Major Client Grumbles?


Nothing like some wild, maybe true/maybe tall tale out of the agency world to alleviate our case of the Mondays, and thankfully, this doozy that came into the Spy line over the weekend seems to do the trick. Here goes…

A well-known agency’s largest client discovered that some free-wheeling freelancers were posting work online that wasn’t live yet. According to one spy, “They’ve threatened to give ____ their walking papers if they find anymore work online, produced or not and have started suing _____ for any and all portfolios they can find online, and if they are PAST employees they are suing the individuals. ____ has already started firing [people] on the spot, even for old portfolios and actual work.”

We’ll do our best to check in with sources close to ____ to verify this information.

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Blind Item: Which Agency Prez is Reaping While the Staff is Weeping?


Whoops! A tipster tells us that a memo sent out to the entire staff of an agency everyone loves to hate included the president’s “salary for the past three years attached. over 1.7 million a year, with raises and bonuses over the past 2-4 years, when the entire company has taken pay cuts to help with the economy.” Sounds like every Wednesday to us but feel free to provide your input.

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Blind Item: Be Careful What You Wish For


When you’re trying to get a job, be careful to watch your back. And, leave the work computer at home.

Check this out: a creative from ___ headed off to interview at Crispin. Left their computer in the airport. Coulder police found it and CALLED ___’s IT DEPARTMENT. Um, duh &#151 if you travel with your work computer to an interview don’t leave it dumbass.


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Blind Item: What’s Your’n is Mine


Which agency head “put his/her name on several pieces of award wining work done at ___ months before s/he joined?”

Probably lots of them. But this is specific!

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Blind Item: Integration Station, What’s Your Equation?


Which “integrated” agency CEO put a stop work order on any digital creatives touching traditional work?”

No, really.

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Blind Item: Existentialism, Like Whoa


What is advertising if not a means for avoiding our true selves. It is the scurrilous language of capitalism, fraught with data and devoid of anything resembling meaning. Or something:

“Instead of doing the consuming and the spending,the consuming and the spending is doing us!Consuming and spending is taking away all of everyones energy and people are soon going to realize they have been “living” lives of illusion. Finally people will know what Thoreau meant when he said: I went into the woods to learn all that life had to teach…not to find out when it came time to die that I had never lived”. We are hardly connected to ourselves,how can we connect to others except through the ILLUSION of connecting:thevicarious, virtual “connecting” of advertizing.It is mere distraction from the emptyness of our livs that we fill ourselves with instead of doing the hard work involved in HAVING a self TO connect with, THEN reach out from that authentic wholeness (after, of course our own most basic physical needs are met, that is) to others so that EVERYONE can HAVE their basic needs met, too. Only then can authentic connection , instead of materialistic, fake “connection”, happen”

Advertising, ruining the world one connection at a time.

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