CAREERS: Where I Work

Number of employees: 400-plus.

Number of employees: 400-plus.

Number of employees: 400-plus.

Office address: 301 E.57th St., NYC

Phone: (212) 715-1609

Web: www.ruderfinn.com

Senior managers: Robert Dowling, EVP and Richard Funess, MD



How long have you been in your job? Six months.

Describe the space you work in It's a very cultured atmosphere. The work space reflects the arts and philosophy ideals David Finn has instilled on the agency (sculptures, paintings, colors, etc.). You could actually feel relatively at home if you set up a mattress near your desk and stayed the night.

Do you socialize with your colleagues? Of course. I came from an agency where socializing was faux pas. They thought it would result in poor work and decreased productivity. The exact opposite is actually true.

Who is the smartest person you work with? Probably Robert, the head of our technology group. He's written two books, one on Lou Reed and one on Keith Richards. Just last week I saw him on CNN talking about President Bush's public image.

Who is the craziest? We're all pretty crazy. We have a 'Prank of the month' each month. Recently we bubble-wrapped an entire office and turned a birthday girl's cube into a tent filled with scrap paper. Individually, it's probably me. I can't help it. I'm a wise-ass.

How comfortable are your offices? Very, but Ruder Finn is a maze. It's so hard to find your way around our offices; there are rumors that clients from a 1976 pitch meeting are still trapped somewhere in the building.

I've also heard rumors that one of the 'more senior' executives at RF sometimes turn into broom closets accidentally, thinking they are offices.

What is the best thing about working there? The culture and the history.

Ruder Finn is one of those places you don't mind waking up in the morning to go to. There is something new to learn every day.

And the worst thing? The elevators never work properly. There's a joke that I started here, about how the elevators don't run well because the men pulling them up and down get tired too easily. On some mornings there's a line of 50 or more people waiting to get into just two elevators.

And your luckiest break? Getting put on a just breaking global account from the very beginning, one that could shape up to be the group's, and maybe the agency's, premiere account.





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