Should I be content to do a poor job?
April 16, 2011 4:01 AM Subscribe
Career: New job, rapidly discovering I don't like the way the place works, but need to stick it out. How to adjust my expectations in order to survive?
posted by Franny26 to work & money (22 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
2 months into a new job with a creative agency I had admired for quite a while. Thrilled to get the job, but am discovering quickly that there is a business model in place that I find really difficult to deal with.
Basically, we sell ourselves in as experts, and are very expensive. When work comes in, however, we do it as quickly and badly as we can get away with, rushing things and producing sub-par work. The agency is over capacity and several people have told me that this is how it is, and everyone is always terrified when new jobs come in about how we are going to find the time to do them. Morale is low, and there are frequent crises.
Unfortunately, my job involves both quality control and allocating time to jobs. so I can't hide from this. In fact, it's my job to make this whole thing work. My job also has a creative element (which is the reason I took it), but I'm the organisation person, basically.
I approached my manager and was told that I needed to become more pragmatic and lower my standards, because this is how agencies work and I should just get used to it, and work harder on making the jobs fit the time we have instead of doing more creative things that are also part of my job. "Bring me solutions, not problems".
I feel so disillusioned. I need to stay at this job for at least a year to make my CV less patchy (I left the last couple of jobs I had after 8 months and 10 months respectively), so quitting isn't an option for me at this stage. I can still get something out of it in terms of creative experience, but I'm feeling both angry and bewildered by the revelation that the management are content with this type of working.
Is he right? Do all agencies do this? Am I just not cut out for this industry? Can anyone share any stories of creative agencies or departments where people actually budget for taking the time to do adequate work, instead of rushing things and dropping standards to maximise profit?