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(Adweek)   Privacy be damned, meet the NY ad agency where all employees sit at one 4,400 square foot desk   (adweek.com ) divider line
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2014-04-09 12:09:04 AM  
Seems they laid off a bunch of people before the move in. But they got an article in ad week!
 
2014-04-09 12:47:42 AM  

mrlewish: You people have offices?   I do work.  Threw a truck today.  Only 45 feet though.. a bit small.  Hates little boxes.  fark can't you consolidate for Christs sake? Do you have any idea how heavy boxes of motor oil get after doing that stuff for 3 hours?  Yeah my job sucks but I could beat you up and take your woman.


Are you having a stroke?
 
2014-04-09 12:54:53 AM  
So? Am I supposed to beat my stupid as fark clients in the face in front of everybody or what? Do they offer private beating rooms? What about sexual harassment rooms? I am not liking this concept.
 
2014-04-09 01:09:14 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: I insist on an open office.  You can keep your screen to yourself, but your desk has no front, and I can't abide clutter.

These are awesome by the way.


Empty desktop, empty mind.
 
2014-04-09 01:13:43 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: I can't abide clutter.


jewelhistory.com

endzog.files.wordpress.com

Just sayin'.
 
2014-04-09 01:15:17 AM  

Perducci: Maybe I'm just jaded, but this video seems fake-ish.

The too-serious nature of the guy's goofy comments ("vintage automotive robots", "shipped by flat pack")...
The blank look on the woman's face (as if she's not sure where to focus her eyes)...
The almost-too-casual touching of the surface at various points...
The carefully placed liquor bottles and other props...
The clearly choreographed staff wandering around and under the desk at various points for no particular reason...
The camera panning around unnecessarily in various directions...

It all seems like a lead up to revealing that this is just a viral video the agency made, showing off some of their CGI skills.

On the other hand, I've been in many ad agency offices over the years and this is exactly the sort of stupid, waste of client money, impractical, style-over-substance stuff that I could picture them doing in real life.


Didn't sell me in 2:16, how are you going to sell customers in 0:30?
 
2014-04-09 01:59:30 AM  

Your Hind Brain: fark that! Even call centers have a bit more privacy. But think of all the new buzzwords you'll learn! Where will their bi-weekly corporate meetings be held? At least there's booze. Skateboards and flame throwers for everyone.


True, but only because call centers expect everyone to be talking on the phone all the time.
 
2014-04-09 02:00:47 AM  

untaken_name: Marcus Aurelius: I can't abide clutter.

[jewelhistory.com image 466x222]

[endzog.files.wordpress.com image 620x456]

Just sayin'.


Wow.  That escalated quickly.
 
2014-04-09 02:02:44 AM  

Ghastly: [img.fark.net image 653x367]

Okay I want my desk next to the booze.


every advertising agency I have worked at has had a full bar. it may not be in plain sight but it has a bar.
 
2014-04-09 02:09:16 AM  

mrlewish: You people have offices?   I do work.  Threw a truck today.  Only 45 feet though.. a bit small.  Hates little boxes.  fark can't you consolidate for Christs sake? Do you have any idea how heavy boxes of motor oil get after doing that stuff for 3 hours?  Yeah my job sucks but I could beat you up and take your woman.


Gee, I didn't know the "I pick things up and put them down" guy from that one commercial had a fark account.

Oh, and you know what's even less impressive to women than having a job that a gorilla could do? Treating us as objects, especially as objects you can claim by violence. Go back to your cave, Neanderthal.
 
2014-04-09 02:22:43 AM  
and the whole place smells like feet and yeast infection.
 
2014-04-09 04:14:49 AM  
the open  design concept for classrooms was proven a disastorous attempt from rhe 1980s. this is even dumberer.
 
2014-04-09 04:35:26 AM  
I interviewed at a place with an open floor plan.  Everybody had an unobscured view to everyone else.  It creeped me out soo much I flubbed my interview intentionally.  Plus, they had a strict no smoking on company grounds policy.

/I'd need a smoke after listening to Debra explaining how her kid almost shot a goal for fifteen minutes.
 
2014-04-09 04:48:39 AM  

Mitch Mitchell: I interviewed at a place with an open floor plan.  Everybody had an unobscured view to everyone else.  It creeped me out soo much I flubbed my interview intentionally.  Plus, they had a strict no smoking on company grounds policy.

/I'd need a smoke after listening to Debra explaining how her kid almost shot a goal for fifteen minutes.


I want to jam an ice pick in my ear after a full day of hearing personal phone calls like that. The women in the cube row next to me have these calls throughout the day, I'm not sure when they actually work. Our cube walls are high, so I rarely see them, but I know everything going on in their lives.

Kind of bizarre really. It's like they think once they walk into their cube it's a private, sound proof office.
 
2014-04-09 05:33:22 AM  

davidphogan: untaken_name: Marcus Aurelius: I can't abide clutter.

[jewelhistory.com image 466x222]

[endzog.files.wordpress.com image 620x456]

Just sayin'.

Wow.  That escalated quickly.


Just a simple study in contrast, that's all.
 
2014-04-09 05:36:35 AM  

ornithopter: mrlewish: You people have offices?   I do work.  Threw a truck today.  Only 45 feet though.. a bit small.  Hates little boxes.  fark can't you consolidate for Christs sake? Do you have any idea how heavy boxes of motor oil get after doing that stuff for 3 hours?  Yeah my job sucks but I could beat you up and take your woman.

Gee, I didn't know the "I pick things up and put them down" guy from that one commercial had a fark account.

Oh, and you know what's even less impressive to women than having a job that a gorilla could do? Treating us as objects, especially as objects you can claim by violence. Go back to your cave, Neanderthal.


You should threaten to not sleep with him. That will be about as effective a tactic as shaming on a guy who throws boxes for a living.
 
2014-04-09 05:43:32 AM  

chance4510: That guy in the video is a class 2 douche bag. Nobody cares if you used old automobile robots to cut your desk. Or that you poured resin on the desks or had it flat shipped.

He would be one annoying SOB to hang out with.

"This beer I am drinking - the glass was frosted in an old lead lined fridigaire I bought at a LA antique shop. The hops were grown in an organic, indoor, garden on a rooftop in the south of France and brewed in a small metal vat made from melted down Japanese swords by a druidic metal smith at a castle in Ireland."

Yeah, screw you.


If there is a hell, and I wind up there, it will be this place, that desk, and that guy walking me around and commenting on every hip detail.

So today and foreverafter I will love and serve my fellow man as best I can.

Good god.
 
2014-04-09 05:48:28 AM  
My last job abruptly changed to an open office plan and "huddle rooms" for brief meetings. You weren't supposed to stay in there for more than 90 minutes, but most of us went so farking mad from all the noise (because we were used to the silence) that we would take turns camping in there all day. The best part was that they actually took away the offices from the directors and senior directors to try to squeeze more people in. So imagine the happiness of someone who just went from a private office to a tiny little desk, squeezed in with all the minions (not me, I always had a cubicle). Oh, and the first department in the building that they implemented this floor plan as a trial? HR. Yeah, the one place that actually needs lots of privacy...really stupid. I was at that job for 6 1/2 years, and the new open floor plan caused me to leave. I just couldn't take listening to 20 conversations at once for nine hours a day. It was really too much to handle.
 
2014-04-09 06:10:06 AM  

mrlewish: You people have offices?   I do work.  Threw a truck today.  Only 45 feet though.. a bit small.  Hates little boxes.  fark can't you consolidate for Christs sake? Do you have any idea how heavy boxes of motor oil get after doing that stuff for 3 hours?  Yeah my job sucks but I could beat you up and take your woman.


img.fark.net
 
2014-04-09 06:18:49 AM  
Oh how trendy.

/barf
 
2014-04-09 06:52:29 AM  
I tend to work about half and half remote these days.  Some of my clients have those silly open plan offices, including the ad agency.  I'd go batshiat crazy if I had to deal with it all day, even the perks like beer taps and a liquor cabinet wouldn't be enough.

My favorite workspace?  Bed, with a laptop or three.
 
2014-04-09 07:17:56 AM  

CruJones: No one at my company has an office, not even the CEO.  You get used to it.


Agreed.
 
2014-04-09 07:42:15 AM  
I couldn't get a day's work done in that environment.  Too much jabbering I couldn't tune out and too much noisy shifting and walking around that would be constant interruptions.  I can focus on one thing.  One.  Everything else needs to go to hell because my attention is going to be snapped to the nearest distraction.
 
2014-04-09 08:42:39 AM  
Companies who spend big money on high-concept office renovations have lost their focus, and are probably going to fail soon.
 
2014-04-09 08:52:47 AM  
"laser-cut using vintage automotive robots"

did I hear a niner in there?
 
2014-04-09 09:09:02 AM  
That is just beyond stupid... what a colossal waste of money...
 
2014-04-09 10:07:05 AM  
Cool idea, plywood looks ghetto though. Easy solution would be to paint it.

That being said, I do like my office/personal space to much to ever work in that kind of environment.
 
2014-04-09 11:00:22 AM  
I need to find some Machineyists to do some machineying.

I work at an agency with an open floor plan but it works out a lot better than other executions I've seen. I was dreading it when I got here but I've grown pretty used to it. Desks are all curved about so you aren't sitting directly next to anyone and each person has an 8-10 foot width of their own space. There's also a nice divider that makes it so you aren't looking the person across from you in the face.

That said, I spend a lot of time on calls so I would prefer an office, I'm sure my nearby co-workers would prefer that as well.
 
2014-04-09 11:29:53 AM  

Sin_City_Superhero: meyerkev: Ok, that's pretty cool.

No it's not. You know what's cool?...having a door on my private office.


^^This^^

They talked about having places where people could get away, so they built those arches. What?  They give no privacy whatsoever.  There is no place in that space where I could pick my nose.  That is my litmus test for a private space.
 
2014-04-09 12:42:40 PM  
SUCKS
 
2014-04-09 02:46:05 PM  
Re: can't abide clutter, Einstein & Hitler -- to be fair, Einstein's skills at organizing a populace outshone Einstein's to a degree comparable to how Einstein outshone in theoretical physics. Different techniques for different skill-sets and functions I suppose.
 
2014-04-09 02:52:03 PM  
Argh crap editing but yall get the gist
 
2014-04-09 05:10:47 PM  

Ghastly: [img.fark.net image 653x367]

Okay I want my desk next to the booze.


Ha, good catch.
 
2014-04-09 07:25:10 PM  

AlwaysRightBoy: FlashHarry: Bad move. Account people shouldn't watch creatives at work. It only fosters jealously.

Do you really think they're smart enough and old enough to notice?

The young account kids are really just there to party.


sometimes. sometimes they have to shiatloads of grunt work for little pay.

i worked in an agency that went from a traditional building - creative and account service separated by a hallway - to an "open concept" space. within a year, the creative team had all left, mainly because the account people went crazy when they realized that a great deal of creativity looks like idle time-wasting to the non-creative type. and unfortunately the agency was run by two account people who suddenly cracked down on creatives, making the atmosphere unlivable. never mind the fact that the team had produced highly successful and award winning creative for the two years prior...

so, yeah. laws, sausages... and ad campaigns.
 
2014-04-09 07:52:05 PM  

meyerkev: Won't go green because you submitted at the wrong time of day, but pretty cool.


Time of day has little to do with it.
 
2014-04-10 12:10:35 AM  

evilmousse: Re: can't abide clutter, Einstein & Hitler -- to be fair, Einstein's skills at organizing a populace outshone Einstein's to a degree comparable to how Einstein outshone in theoretical physics. Different techniques for different skill-sets and functions I suppose.


Dude the Einstein & Hitler ad agency rebranded, they go by just "e+h" now.
 
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