I started working with this creative agency that had this new high profile client. The client was a big pharmaceutical company, and most of my design work wound up being for them. They didn’t give enough time for anything; basically every day I was working on several big campaigns that had to be turned around in two weeks.
Even though it was stressful, I ended up adapting to their way of work. I stayed late on most days.
The thing is that the pay was very-very low and I started to realize how important was my job for them. This pharma client was the biggest we had and was very demanding.
I asked for a raise. They downplayed every reason I gave them to demonstrate I deserved more.
Me: I’m working a ton of extra hours for this client.
Client: We don’t pay extra time. This is just normal for agency life.
They looked me with a straight face while saying this.
I stayed for almost a year more after I asked for a raise (I still don’t know why). I received a pitiful “yearly raise” and realized that it made me more angry than anything. I started looking for work that paid better, found it, and quit.
Two months later, I talked to an old friend who was still at that agency. Apparently when I quit nobody could keep up with the workload for this client. They had to hire two extra designers to keep on top of it.