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  • clearThoughts

    Did anybody experience moving from Agency side / Freelancing to a full time job client side?

    Had a great offer and wonder whether it could be a good step or suicide.

    On the positive side I see:
    - Security & monthly cash coming in
    - The salary is best than most agencies can offer if not double
    - high position within the company
    - scale of projects would be BIG and with big budgets, i.e. working with the best creatives and best agencies
    - great for cv even if I can't take it no more after 2 years

    On the downside:
    - loosing freedom
    - reporting to vice-presidents, presidents,and a whole lot of people probably
    - working with one brand only
    - dealing with company politics which is something that as a freelancer you don't have to worry much about

    .... The list goes on both for positive and negative points...

    Thoughts? Has anybody done it?

    Jan 30, 12, 3:06 a.m. – Permalink
  • maikel

    I am currently working client side after many years in agencies.
    Honestly it goes down to what you want to do with your career.

    If you are steering into MKT or Management, it can be good.
    If you like designing, you better stay agency side.

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    Dog-earJan 30, 12, 3:42 a.m. – Permalink
  • toodee

    Is it an amazing client?

    How does the pay compare to freelancing?

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    Dog-earJan 30, 12, 4:42 a.m. – Permalink
  • clearThoughts

    It's an interesting brand, a lot of potential.
    I would say it's the same money I could make freelancing or a bit more. Essentially because as a freelancer you also have a lot of expenses.

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    Dog-earJan 30, 12, 5:18 a.m. – Permalink
  • rson

    Really depends on what client. If it is company that you respect and love the brand then it may work. The good thing about agency world is the varies brands you work on. Working in-house you live and breath that brand 24/7. Now if you are talking about working for Google it is a no brainier. I worked in-house a few years ago, lasted about 6 months. I could not take all the bureaucracy BS.

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    Dog-earJan 30, 12, 5:32 a.m. – Permalink
  • Kiko

    Tried it and hated it.

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    Dog-earJan 30, 12, 5:35 a.m. – Permalink
  • section_014

    100% depends on the client.

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    Dog-earJan 30, 12, 6:23 a.m. – Permalink
  • k_temp

    Question, client side meaning in-house department?

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    Dog-earJan 30, 12, 6:42 a.m. – Permalink
  • clearThoughts

    yes

    • after working for 5 years at in-house dept at a museum, i can say that i do miss dealing with clients. That's my biggest downside.k_temp
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    Dog-earJan 30, 12, 7:20 a.m. – Permalink
  • Nicelydrawn

    I've worked for both in-house and agency and can say your initial assessment is pretty accurate. I would argue it is good to try new things and try to stick it out for a couple years if it is rough, then move on. I tend to do 2 years and then move on and it works well for me both from an experience gaining perspective and increases in pay. Good luck in your decision-making.

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    Dog-earJan 30, 12, 7:37 a.m. – Permalink
  • clearThoughts

    Overall I think my decision is to do it, but interested in sharing opinions. I worked about 10 years in agencies, freelance and now have my studio... have to say that getting work, dealing with clients, accounts and managing people has already taken 95% of my 'creative' time away... so kind of interested to give it a shot for a high-profile in-house position.

    Guess you can always leave in about 2-3 years...

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    Dog-earJan 30, 12, 8:03 a.m. – Permalink
  • nocomply

    It sounds to me like you have enough experience in the industry to know what to expect and know what's going to be best for you.

    As a freelancer I've wrestled with this question on occasion, not because I've gotten offers from client companies but just giving thought to the idea.

    I think the most important thing is to know yourself. For me, I don't think I would do well in a large organization. I need to know everyone in my workplace and anything over around 50 people would feel huge. But that's just me.

    What ever you decide best of luck!

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    Dog-earJan 30, 12, 8:22 a.m. – Permalink
  • vaxorcist

    hmm.. I did this once, some time ago..

    1.Is this a new position, or an existing one?

    2. Is this a case where the client is hiring inside staff to REPLACE the work done by an outside agency, due to some business concern like cost, time, flexibility, direction / control / answer-ability?

    3. Is this a case where the client is hiring inside staff to do some of the inside work and to be a direction-keeper for outside agencies and freelancers that you will now control?

    I was hired in a "case #2" above situation, as I found out when I got there that they mistrusted their vendors, felt like they were taken for a ride, and yes they were in some ways, but not how they thought they were. It was an interesting gig, but I did find out the HUGE importance of maintaining internal political good-will, as my friendly boss left and I had a suddenly more difficult environment.

    Also note that you may be a rock star with authority for the first 6 weeks or so, after that, you'll hopefully have set some expectations well, because you'll be more of a local resource and "ordinary worker" suddenly, something that's odd if you're from agency/freelance background...

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    Dog-earJan 30, 12, 10:03 a.m. – Permalink
  • clearThoughts

    1 - exhisting one.

    I think it is 3.

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    Dog-earJan 30, 12, 10:13 a.m. – Permalink
  • panacea

    Better be damn good money, if you're reporting to the man and don't like reporting to the man.

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    Dog-earJan 30, 12, 1:15 p.m. – Permalink

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