Survey: Should Julie Roehm Have Been Fired?

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With all the news and analysis last week regarding Wal-mart's Julie Roehm, let's get down to the most important issue at hand. Do you think Julie Roehm should have been fired? Take a quick yes or no survey here.

by Steve Hall    Dec-10-06   Click to Comment   
Topic: Agencies, Research   

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Question: Why are the recent rants focused on disparaging remarks about the people who work for Draft or FCB?

I am a client to one of the best creative agencies in the country. Crispin Porter + Bogusky. And yes, they are a pleasure to work with.

My question comes to you based on thoughts around the D/FCB people. The ones who are not the elite 5 at the top of every typical company. I'm an EVP, Director for a well-liked big brand, I close to my EVP counterpart at CPB...and at previous agencies. They had no force to change and alter the various agency policy that you rant about...It’s still with the top fab 5 at every agency. The rest of us dance each day to feed our kids and dream one day, “if I get the chance I will change some things.” Even on the brand side.

The hatred and tyranny that is written is disgusting and disappointing. Here is what I do know...The people who work at D/FCB are working at an agency 9000 large across the world. It’s the second largest agency. Period. Only about 2200 of the 9000 are in the US! But what about the actual people? For most of you who shout we should “hate them,” - my friends there are working class creative and account folks who would love to pump out CPG creative. Who wouldn’t? But since you have all pointed out that not enough brands are willing to take the risk, who is left to produce the majority of the work?

I have many middle of the road friends that work at D/FCB. And, I also have friends who work there that came from DDB, Leo, Chait/Day, BBH, Fallon and yes, there are a few from Crispin actually working for D/FCB. (I just confirmed this) There are so many good, normal, mature and visionary leaders at every agency who get muddled in the crap. Just like you do. Of the 1200 in Chicago, and 800 in NY…how many are assholes? Don’t say most, it’s just not true. Most are great people who landed from other respected agencies. And folks, they’re simply not the rejects from those agencies. It’s just not true.

Hate the top 5 execs for making stupid selfish mistakes. Acknowledge that unless there’s a sea-change in a market, D/FCB client’s will not allow them the risk of breathtaking work, or they wont ever meet the challenge to do so... but as John Stossel would say, “Give me a break.” In Chicago where the Wal-Mart account was won, 1195 are people who struggle to keep their kids in college, pay their mortgages and buy gas. The younger people there just want to get a job after college, or mid-level creatives/account/planning/HR and more who found a home in the city of Chicago. Please, hate? And the sources tell that the they did one thing right, they didn’t hire yet even 1 of the 200 poor souls who would be out of a job this Christmas.

I hope I get wind of who any of you are...who hide behind hatred. If my company ever considers you for a win. I would love to hear a slip from you at dinner. (You're paying) I read these blogs and your prose cannot be faked or duplicated.

Oh, subtext for the self-loving purest creatives here. At CP+B they do care about data and tangible results. They obsess about it. And they are under-cutting price behind your backs, you just don’t know about it. For them, they just know how to also deliver the goods.

Give me a break.

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Posted by: client_side_pitcher on December 10, 2006 10:56 PM

Her name is spelled Roehm...

Posted by: Lis on December 10, 2006 11:06 PM

Nodd to you client_side_pitcher. I'm in the boat of coming from the loved to that not so. But I've kept two of the three initials and some how that changed everything. Most of the people I work for and with are just looking to break the machine and make a difference. We will.

Posted by: agency_side_pitchee on December 11, 2006 12:03 AM

In the last two days, the story has shifted from one of possible serious improprieties that might warrant the new review to a tale of a brash young upstart who was too cutting edge for a stodgy client. The media seems to have really decided to go with this.

However, the reality is nobody really knows what went on. We may have to wait until some of the mukety mucks from Draft, Carat and Walmart leave their companies, or possibly the business.

Posted by: Buzz on December 11, 2006 1:13 AM

In the last two days, the story has shifted from one of possible serious improprieties that might warrant the new review to a tale of a brash young upstart who was too cutting edge for a stodgy client. The media seems to have really decided to go with this.

However, the reality is nobody really knows what went on. We may have to wait until some of the mukety mucks from Draft, Carat and Walmart leave their companies, or possibly the business.

Posted by: Buzz on December 11, 2006 1:13 AM

NO!

Posted by: arthur on December 11, 2006 10:03 AM

Client side: blah blah blah, I stopped reading after the first couple paragraphs. Ever posted a comment before? Most are short you dope.

Now one to Roehm: if she didn't know Wal-mart was "stodgy" (some might say ethical) then she got what she deserved. Wal-mart's aversion to any gift to employees is known by anyone who has read anything about their corporate-office culture.

Since cutting-edge in the case included taking client offerings that are against company policy, she got what she deserved.

Posted by: snake on December 11, 2006 10:04 AM

Client side is full of shit. Talk to anyone that works with CPB and they will tell you the same thing: CPB is an arrogant, difficult to work with, agency that has ridden a stroke of luck (by CPBs own admission) called Subservient Chicken to fame. They openly admit that they take a scatter shot aproach to marketing; doing 100s of things and hoping one sticks.

As for their focus on ROI; I'd like to know how they'd explain the decreases in sales for Haggar, Miller, and SlimJim.

Posted by: Teddy P on December 11, 2006 11:54 AM

Teddy P,

client_side+pitcher may actually be The King, who is enjoying all the new publicity and star power. he's definitely thrilled to be working and appearing in commercials, and probably banging the production crew hotties.

Posted by: HighJive on December 11, 2006 12:38 PM

In the barn yard if you work around the pigs and goats long enough you start to smell like one or the other. The same goes for advertising and agencies.

Posted by: Old Red Neck on December 11, 2006 1:06 PM

Or is it Alex himself?

Posted by: Teddy P on December 11, 2006 1:07 PM

No question that clientside is Chuck Porter himself.

Also, any truth that Neil French and Julie Roehm are starting an agency together?

Posted by: Brother from another mother on December 11, 2006 1:36 PM

Dearest Snake,

Since when has Wal-Mart known anything about ethics?

Posted by: Patrick on December 11, 2006 2:25 PM

I don't care what you people say, I think she is very very hot! I'll give up a bagged lunch (mine) to "do" her in the "bad or dirty place." All you guys want that but too chicken s*** to admit it.

Posted by: Rex on December 11, 2006 7:42 PM

I would plant my seed in the cheeks of her choice at the drop of a hat. My vote is for More Naked Julie.

PS--You can't steal that. I just made it up.

Posted by: dean on December 12, 2006 4:55 AM

Roehm, Roman, Romans; who gives a rats.

"Her name is spelled Roehm..."

Posted by: Lis on December 10, 2006 11:06 PM

Are you her GIRLFRIEND Lis or is it Lise-girlfriend.

Posted by: D.Stanton on February 25, 2007 2:21 PM







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