Thursday, July 13, 2006

You're Fired!

J****, an account director at our agency, was in a meeting last week when the client nipped out and called our agency's chairman to say: "I want this guy off my business. Today."

The chairman sent his PA into that meeting and pulled the account director out, and then fired him.

Within 10 minutes of the client's call, J**** had left the building.

To think I joined this business 'cos I heard it was fun...

17 comments:

Rob @ Cynic said...

Your chairman is a complete cock.

But then, so is your client.

Can we put this story on our website? We are into 'shaming corporate stupidity'.

FishNChimps said...

That's just plain disgusting. Ruining someone's life on a whim... Sounds like you have one of those directors who's afraid of the clients.

Scamp said...

Rob, by all means put it on your website.

The only thing I can say in the company's defence is that if they thought J**** was a great account handler they would no doubt have re-assigned him rather than firing him.

Still, I would hate to be a suit - knowing all the time that you can be fired if one individual doesn't like you.

Creatives are lucky in that everyone can think you're a complete cock but it's not a problem as long as your ads are good.

Make the logo bigger said...

I'd ask that too Scamp. Was this the last straw of many previous screw-ups, or is the client just a dictator with a huge checkbook who gets what he wants?

Rob @ Cynic said...

Hi Mate ... of course J**** dismissal must have been the culmination of a number of 'wrongs' - however the manner in which he was dispatched is nothing short of outrageous.

I've put the story up on both cynic's blog and mine ... plus I told some friends at fuckedcompany.com who thought it was worthy of 'telling a few people' because regardless of the reasons, his dismissal was unbelievably humiliating.

I daren't imagine what the mood will be like when you have another meeting with that client!

Apart

Rob @ Cynic said...

No ... I don't know why 'apart' is sitting at the bottom of my entry looking all lonesome.

Make the logo bigger said...

Maybe it was asked to leave the rest of the post?

;-p

I'd agree that the way the execution was carried out was bush-league (amateurish for the UK crowd).

Scamp said...

I asked a suit about J****, who told me he was "an extremely nice guy" but "not that good."

The client in question does command a very big chequebook.

Make the logo bigger said...

(To further clarify, unprofessional on the part of the client to make that request.)

Clay Parker Jones said...

Wrote about it on mine. http://exitcreative.net/blog

Rob @ Cynic said...

Nice guys finish last eh?

Still think J****'s dismissal has alot to do with cranky, self-important clients and a subserveant CEO - because if he wasn't that good - what was he doing being hired and put on that account in the first place.

Alright ... I'll get off my high horse now.

Good luck with 'em Scamp

Rob Mortimer said...

I can't believe they could have any legal basis for sacking him unless it was the last of many failures.

But still...whoa.

Stan Lee said...

We all know advertising is much more fun than having a real job but it can also be a prick of an industry to work in.

I posted the story on my blog Brand DNA this afternoon.

Looks like word is spreading.

Olivier Blanchard said...

Life's not always like a box of chocolates, I guess.

Andrew said...

While I agree that this was probably the result of more than one meeting, imagine how the rest of the suits must feel knowing they'll get so little support.
I'm sticking this on my blog too, outrageous.

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andrew said...

An ad agency wouldn't portray a client as a heartless corporate machine for obvious reasons, why then would it behave like one itself.

Big checkbook, small knob no doubt.