DIARY: Adland cosies up with the cushy companies

Does your company treat you like a battery hen? Is the only perk of your job an ill-stocked vending machine that only accepts old 50p pieces?

Do you work in a shoe box above a pet shop with windows that don't open and an air-conditioning system that's slowly destroying you? If so, don't read on, because this will sicken you.

Last week, The Sunday Times published its 100 Best Companies to Work for supplement. And, would you believe, our beloved industry was well represented, with Carat, MediaCom, TBWA/ London, Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO and Redwood Publishing all making the list. (Of course, a cynic could point out that both Carat and TBWA have News International as a client. However, we're not that cynical.)

In all seriousness, though, Campaign would like to say a rousing "hats off" to these five companies. Maintaining a happy house in recession is no mean feat.

And it's interesting for us humble, downtrodden journalists to see just how well you agency people live. Apparently, Carat has an on-site reiki, massage and beauty salon, AMV staff are sent to an alternative therapist and MediaCom has a "fun budget" of £200 per person and offers its staff holiday apartments in Tenerife.

TBWA decided to celebrate its inclusion in the list by making a commercial in which a young man preparing for work is shot twice in the back. The ad claims that most people would be grateful of this fate as they would get a day off. But this particular victim doesn't let gunshot wounds prevent him going in. Why? Because he works for TBWA! What a masterpiece of understatement.


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