So I lied. The previous blog entry was not my last. A lot has happened in the past month and now that everything is official and winding down, I thought I should write an update.
My decision may surprise some of you, given my love of free food and the fact that I’ve had this job for less than a month, so I’ll walk you through what happened.
So about a week into my job at Google, I had met up with the Director of Client Services at Landor (Mimi) who Lorenz, a former Landor London co-worker, had put me in touch with for an informal chat. She informed me that there was a new client services job opening on the Diageo team at Landor. At first I was crushed that I had already started my job at Google and that I would not be able to pursue it; however after asking everyone and their mom (thanks guys!) for their career advice, including strangers I had just met at a start-up launch party, I decided I should at least interview for the position to see where things go.
And I’m really glad I did. As soon as I walked into the Landor NY office, as cheesy as it sounds, I knew that was where I belonged. It was a bit eerie how similar and dissimilar it was from their London office. When I saw a guy running around the office wearing skinny jeans and a flannel shirt, it struck me how long it’s been since I’ve seen a creative. I miss those guys.
After that, everything was a whirlwind. My first interview was a Thursday; my second was the following Monday and I received a call that evening to iron out some details out about the job offer.
Of course in such a situation, I wanted to involve my supervisor at Zagat (Google) and she was extremely understanding and wished me all the best. I gave my two weeks notice and things became official. My last day at Google is this Friday. My first day at Landor is this Monday.
I really couldn’t have hoped for a better situation. I know Google is an amazing company with a power house brand, but I just know Landor is the right choice for me in this situation. If I were in engineering, I’d go to Google; if I were in law enforcement, I’d go to the FBI; but, I’m in branding, so I’m going back to Landor.