This might be just a NYC thing ... but I think I'm seeing signs elsewhere
Is it my imagination or is it getting really hard to get top-tier talent to
It just seems to me that everyone (almost everyone) is moving to create
their own consultancy. I can't think of a single "guru" in the field who is
in-house (not working for a consultancy theirs or a big name) anymore.
What's w/ dat?! Many of them have recently made the switch from in-house to
consultancy in what could be perceived as a mass evacuation.
I can see a few things that may be causing this:
1. the in-house experience is just well not condusive to the personality
patterns that "experts" share.
2. the in-house clubs ain't payin' enough
3. how long can anyone be expected to work on the same problem sets
4. Since most in-house's don't put design as a direct link to the CEO it
might feel like a glass (steel) ceiling
5. The "contractor" cycle that has sprung up (I know in NYC) makes it almost
impossible to be a full-time employee for anyone, b/c moving from full-time
to contractor is almost impossible, so you might as well just stay outside.
As someone who is lookin' for a top-notch IxDer I'm really interested in how
this can change. I know for myself that I like the long term feel of working
in-house. I wish their was a more transparent line to the CEO, and I wish
there was less scorn in moving between jobs every 2-5 years to get that
"problem set" variation. Not every company has the lateral mobility of a
giant supercorp like IBM, Microsoft, Adobe, etc.