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As an advertising manager, what are your hours like? Do every day's hours generally stay the same?

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Julia’s Answer

Hi Lauren! There are many factors including how the advertising agency operates/how it's staffed, the nature of the client, and amount and size of the projects/campaigns. I've worked at 5 advertising agencies before and depending on the type of work and season the hours can fluctuate. If you're working on launching a new product there can be very long hours leading up to that as presentations are built and work is produced. If you work on a more seasonal client, then there may be some slower times throughout the year that stick more closely to a 8 hour work day.
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Hermione’s Answer

Hi Lauren, it really depends on the company and their ethos. It also depends on the type of work - working at an advertising agency tends to be longer hours, whereas working in-house at a company's marketing department, the hours are typically more predictable. There's pros & cons to both environments, beyond which has better hours, and it really depends what you're looking for.
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Nicole’s Answer

It varies per day and based on the amount of projects/campaigns you are managing at a time. There are days when it is 8-5 but there may be days when you would have to go beyond that - of course this is also dependent on how well you manage your work load. In my experience, the work hours can drag really long especially if there is a client pitch coming up, or there is a commercial production/shoot coming up. You definitely have to be flexible. But regardless of the hours, short or long - these are exciting and action-filled days!
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Anne’s Answer

Hi Lauren. Many companies offer flexible work schedules. When you are interviewing for a job, you can ask upfront about the standard work hours vs. typical work hours for someone in your role. In any marketing field, being available to assist with large projects and proposals will help you advance in your career. A suggestion for you is to apply for jobs that you think you will love. That way, if you do need to put in extra hours, you will find it to be enjoyable and fulfilling. Also, talk to your managers and other leaders within the company to learn more about the business and ask them for advice on career advancement. The more that you engage with your job and co-workers, the more that you will enjoy your job (regardless of the hours that you work).
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Jennifer’s Answer

My hours are M-F 9-6. I work in Marketing in Print Production within a Retail Company and not an Advertising Agency. Generally I work the same hours everyday but there are a few times a year when we have to meet a project deadline when I will work longer hours. I do have the ability to work from home some days as well.
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Stacey’s Answer

I don’t know what it’s like today but the hours varied when I was working in Corporate America. At that time, it would depend on project deadlines and sometimes if I was off-site at a photo or video shoot, it would go into later hours like 7:00-8:00. I think there is so much one can do today to keep hours flexible and productive due to the advancements of technology.
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Lisa’s Answer

My hours are generally consistent M-F 7:30-4:30. Certainly, if a client wants to meet outside of that, I am available.
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Cheryl’s Answer

The hours vary with the client and the type of work you are doing. If I was doing straight Direct Response - I could get that done Monday-Friday with some evening and weekend hours here and there. When I worked on red carpet events, during the live events I may get 4 hours of sleep as I was responsible for ensuring everything went smoothly while staying in the background. When we would have photo shoots, those could be 18-20 hour days because we would have to do the work while catering to the client, take the client to dinner, stay out as late as the client wanted and then go to my room or meet in a lobby/bar area with my team to plan/make modifications for the next day. If we were traveling for meetings that would last for days, again, those days are long and then you have evening events. I found it really exciting and it kept me young.
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Francesca’s Answer

The hours can vary based on the amount of work you have to do. On busy days I typically work from 9 AM to around 7 or 8 PM. It all comes down to how you manage your own time, as well as how much work is going on at the time. It can really vary!
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Lisa’s Answer

My hours are generally consistent M-F 7:30-4:30. Certainly, if a client wants to meet outside of that, I am available.
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