Well, this was bound to happen if totally legit, but since yesterday, we’ve received multiple notes from spies telling us that Campbell Ewald let go of several staffers this week (we’re hearing anywhere from 25-50) as a result of the U.S. Postal Service’s decision not to renew its contract with the Motor City stalwart once it expires at month’s end.
As is per usual with any sort of C-E feedback (or lack thereof) unless it’s positive, of course, we’re getting nowhere with the agency after putting in multiple emails and phone calls. Last we reported, Campbell Ewald’s relationship with the USPS hasn’t completely been extinguished, though, as the former has been invited to participate in the latter’s upcoming RFP’s. Since yesterday, spies have been telling us about Facebook posts regarding people “saying goodbye to some friends at C-E,” but we’ll keep digging on this to get some sort of clarification. If you have more on this, feel free to chime in in comments or hit us up at agencyspy [at] mediabistro [dot] com.
Update: Another source familiar with the matter has chimed in to say that the C-E cuts weren’t just made due to USPS, but in order hit certain dollar figures, so people that have never worked on USPS are being let go. From what we’ve been told senior planners, account and digital folks, not to mention the head of the biz, have been affected. The alleged number has now been increased to 50-60.