JWT to close storied Chicago office

Almost two years after it lost its anchor account in Chicago, advertising agency JWT will close its storied office here. Full Story
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nein

Chicago, IL

#1 Apr 3, 2009
The grammar in this post is just stunning.
Matt

United States

#2 Apr 3, 2009
nein wrote:
The grammar in this post is just stunning.
Yes, stunningly bad. I guess the Medill kids don't take basic sentence structure coursework anymore--in middle school, that is.
olucy

Hammond, IN

#3 Apr 3, 2009
I guess no one cares about grammar or proofreading anymore. It's a disgrace.
Monica Z

Chicago, IL

#4 Apr 3, 2009
I worked there for a few years and it was a horrible place. Bad management, bad H.R., and horrendous peers who didn't know what they were doing. It's not surprising this happened in the end. Hallelujah!
Cat

Villa Park, IL

#5 Apr 3, 2009
Yes, the grammar in the article is astoundingly bad. I do hope the writer did not go to Medill. I went there, worked my proverbial tail off, and ultimately worked with a lot of people from the JWT office. I am very sorry to learn this news. At one time, there was talent, spirit and great atmosphere in JWT's Chicago office.
Leo Burnett

Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong

#6 Apr 4, 2009
Ha Ha Ha! My conquest for world domination continues.....BEWARE MY ALL POWERFUL AD CAMPAIGNS!!!!
lago

Chicago, IL

#7 Apr 4, 2009
Sad to see all these Chicago ad companies disappearing.

Its time the management of the Chicago Ad companies start looking at doing things relevant to the 21st century.
Phil

Chicago, IL

#8 Apr 4, 2009
It's amazing that the city of Chicago & the State of Illinois stand by and let another Chicago company leave the state. I guess if I was a corporate CEO I'd think about leaving to since the Democrats insist on increasing the taxes in this state. Pretty soon it will be like New York.
Man

United States

#9 Apr 4, 2009
Ad agencies in Chicago are circling the drain. They're upper management screws the very employees that brought them success at one time.

Schawk Retail Marketing is an example of this. They are driving their operations into the ground with non profitable accounts such as Nike.com , while they screw over long time accounts like Sears Holding by pulling their assets to Nike. The employees are forced to work 12+ hour shifts at reduced rates under sweatshop conditions.

Once Sears pulls out, Schawk will close as well.
Merv

Chicago, IL

#10 Apr 4, 2009
Wouldn't be surprised if Leo Burnett is next. When they were acquired by Publicis, it was the beginning of the end. Contraction in the industry will probably hasten their demise Sad.

Alz

Since: Oct 08

Chicago

#11 Apr 4, 2009
Under Socialism, there isn't as much of a need for marketing, advertising, etc.

How many different posters of Obama are needed?

So all the marketers, graphic artists, voice talent people, etc. that expect the markets to improve soon, you should read up on how much of your services are needed under similar conditions in Cuba or in the old Soviet Union.

It's change that will cause a lot of people to "whither on the vine". But, this is what we voted to accelerate last November and what the trajectory has been since the 60s liberals took over the Democratic Party.
Man

United States

#12 Apr 4, 2009
Alz wrote:
Under Socialism, there isn't as much of a need for marketing, advertising, etc.
How many different posters of Obama are needed?
So all the marketers, graphic artists, voice talent people, etc. that expect the markets to improve soon, you should read up on how much of your services are needed under similar conditions in Cuba or in the old Soviet Union.
It's change that will cause a lot of people to "whither on the vine". But, this is what we voted to accelerate last November and what the trajectory has been since the 60s liberals took over the Democratic Party.
Wasn't much of a need for advertising under the nazi fascist regime of Germany either, which was what we were becoming under the republicans and Bush.

Obama is far from being a socialist. I wish he was!

You right wing nuts are what caused this mess that we're in. Try being an American and work to solve this instead of being the fascist idiots that you are, driven by greed and ignorance!

Alz

Since: Oct 08

Chicago

#13 Apr 4, 2009
Man wrote:
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Wasn't much of a need for advertising under the nazi fascist regime of Germany either, which was what we were becoming under the republicans and Bush.
Obama is far from being a socialist. I wish he was!
You right wing nuts are what caused this mess that we're in. Try being an American and work to solve this instead of being the fascist idiots that you are, driven by greed and ignorance!
Well that's mostly wrong.

Read up on Fascism and Socialism. They are very close to each other. They were rivals, not opposites or very different. In the German election of 1933, the Communist Party was ordered by its leaders to vote for the Nazis -- with the explanation that they could later fight the Nazis for power, but first they had to help destroy their common enemy: capitalism and its parliamentary form of government. Maybe another way to say it is that Fascism and Socialism both are opposed to Democratic capitalism based on a moral foundation (Western Civilization). So update your definitions.

Fascism is from the Left. Progressives were enamored with Fascism. The left wing ideologies (Fascism, Liberalism, Modern Liberalism, Progressivism, Communsim, Socialism and Marxist) are ALL cousins.
Conservatism, Classical Liberalism, Libertarianism, etc. are right wing and the right wing is about individual responsibility and freedom.

The left wing ideologies are against the individual and they insist (by force) the interest of the government over the individual - all with central control by elites. Progessives were enamored with Fascism until Hitler's atrocities came out.

Our relative Conservative society/culture is why people have wanted to come here over the decades and other country's relative Liberalism is why people try to escape those places. Fences are used to keep illegals from coming into the US; fences, etc. are used to keep citizens of left wing countries from escaping their own countries!

Please read up on Fascism. The background and who supported it are quite a bit different than how the media and the left wing portrays it. Look up Margaret Sanger, who founded Planned Parenthood. She was a Progressive and she was a Eugenicist. The liberals of the day and the Naziís had much in common.

As for wanting Socialism, this is peculiar. Why would anyone want Socialism? It doesn't help people.

Look at the places with the most control by liberalism/socialism: the inner cities. The people in these areas have been utterly controlled by liberals/socialists/Democrats and about all we can say is that there is a lot of hopelessness, despair and death.

This is what you are advocating. As I pointed out, you're wrong. Wake up and learn about Conservatism.
amc

Lisle, IL

#14 Apr 4, 2009
Alz wrote:
<quoted text>
Well that's mostly wrong.
Read up on Fascism and Socialism. They are very close to each other. They were rivals, not opposites or very different. In the German election of 1933, the Communist Party was ordered by its leaders to vote for the Nazis -- with the explanation that they could later fight the Nazis for power, but first they had to help destroy their common enemy: capitalism and its parliamentary form of government. Maybe another way to say it is that Fascism and Socialism both are opposed to Democratic capitalism based on a moral foundation (Western Civilization). So update your definitions.
Fascism is from the Left. Progressives were enamored with Fascism. The left wing ideologies (Fascism, Liberalism, Modern Liberalism, Progressivism, Communsim, Socialism and Marxist) are ALL cousins.
Conservatism, Classical Liberalism, Libertarianism, etc. are right wing and the right wing is about individual responsibility and freedom.
The left wing ideologies are against the individual and they insist (by force) the interest of the government over the individual - all with central control by elites. Progessives were enamored with Fascism until Hitler's atrocities came out.
Our relative Conservative society/culture is why people have wanted to come here over the decades and other country's relative Liberalism is why people try to escape those places. Fences are used to keep illegals from coming into the US; fences, etc. are used to keep citizens of left wing countries from escaping their own countries!
Please read up on Fascism. The background and who supported it are quite a bit different than how the media and the left wing portrays it. Look up Margaret Sanger, who founded Planned Parenthood. She was a Progressive and she was a Eugenicist. The liberals of the day and the Naziís had much in common.
As for wanting Socialism, this is peculiar. Why would anyone want Socialism? It doesn't help people.
Look at the places with the most control by liberalism/socialism: the inner cities. The people in these areas have been utterly controlled by liberals/socialists/Democrats and about all we can say is that there is a lot of hopelessness, despair and death.
This is what you are advocating. As I pointed out, you're wrong. Wake up and learn about Conservatism.
If people like Rush, Michael Steele, Palin, McCain, Glen Beck, Hannity, Bush, Rove, Cheney and others of their ilk are the face of conservatism - I'll take anything but that.
ted

United States

#15 Apr 4, 2009
This has more to do with Cheney and his pet dog Bush killing the world economy in general. It's not Chicago. They lost accounts.
NYJoE

Des Plaines, IL

#16 Apr 4, 2009
An article on advertising but comments about political ideology. Advertising couldn't be more dead, here in Chicago or elsewhere.
illanoyed

Chicago, IL

#17 Apr 4, 2009
When was the last time you saw a truly original idea expressed in an ad? The agencies' "creatives" crank out nothing but tired derivatives of other ads. The entire industry needs an infusion of true creativity.
daniel

Grayslake, IL

#18 Apr 4, 2009
a big blow to chicago advertising
FaithWalk

Chicago, IL

#19 Apr 4, 2009
they were a very talented ad agency. Alot of businesses are closing. Scary.

http://www.faithwalkclothing.blogspot.com/
Robert Salm

Chicago, IL

#20 Apr 4, 2009
Man wrote:
Ad agencies in Chicago are circling the drain. They're upper management screws the very employees that brought them success at one time.
Schawk Retail Marketing is an example of this. They are driving their operations into the ground with non profitable accounts such as Nike.com , while they screw over long time accounts like Sears Holding by pulling their assets to Nike. The employees are forced to work 12+ hour shifts at reduced rates under sweatshop conditions.
Once Sears pulls out, Schawk will close as well.
You are exactly right--crappy pay, long hours, and they tend to hire temps seasonally for crappy pay. The only thing that's bringing in money are Sears inserts and circulars, and once that's gone...Schawk is gone.

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