Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Some Days I Hate My Job

Everyone hates their job sometimes.  Hell, some people hate their jobs ALL the time.  Most days, I am alright with my job, and some days I even find it very rewarding and enjoyable.  But then, there are those days - like today - when I just want to stand up, put both of my middle fingers at full mast, and walk out the door to never look back.

I work in advertising and marketing, for those of you that don't know.  This is great, except for the fact that everybody thinks they are a master at advertising and marketing.  And there are some things that I do that every department in the company (practically) has to have a say in.  And sometimes, none of these people can agree on anything.

This "design by consensus" theory does not work.  And yet, no one wants to give up their control.  I don't know why they can't all just believe that I know what is best.  It seems so obvious to me.  Why did I design this page this way, you ask?  Because it is the best way to do it!!  Couldn't we change this to {insert retarded suggestion here}, you ask?  Sure, we could, if you want this piece to SUCK!

The worst part is how everyone feels they need to come to me to tell me how bad all the other people's ideas suck, and then , of course, drop in that theirs are great ideas.  So instead of spending my time completely redoing me design until it doesn't even resemble the original, I have to spend my whole day listening to people bitch.  That ranks on my fun scale about as high as putting my wiener in a meat grinder.

And then, to top it all off.  Certain people, like the CEO, decide to wait until I am uploading the files to the printers - 2 hours after the deadline - to decide that they also better have a look and make sure everything is kosher.  And then, these ego-inflated individuals determine that there is not nearly enough in the piece to support their ego, and, therefore, we must ad quotes in which they can pontificate on their awesomeness.  Because that is really going to help sales.

So, in summary:  People are stupid.  I'm a genius.  Just go with it.

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  1. Sounds just like software development.

  2. I think you're in the cube behind me. You would think MY superiors would get it when I have a 12x18" glossy of Bill Hicks, mouth gagged with an american flag and his "kill yourself" advertising quote at my desk. But no. Advertising blows - 20 years of it gives me the right to make that comment. I know what - let's get all worked up over something no one will remember in 5 minutes, let alone 6 months time. I feel your pain.