CAREERS: Where I Work

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

Describe the space you work in. While I have one of the bigger offices,

I've dubbed it the cave because I have no windows. I've had my nieces

sketch me some caveman-like art to hang on the walls to give it a real

prehistoric feel. Now I just need to hang some red meat from the


Do you socialize with your colleagues? Of course, it's a great place to

work. Tuesday night sushi is common. We also play on a softball team

together. Our team name is 'Pure Evil.' Did I mention that I moved from

New York and still have no other friends in Chicago?

How often do you see the boss? Though Gary's door is always open, I nag

him only when necessary. I leave camping out in the boss' office to

other folks. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

Who is the smartest person you work with? It's definitely our IT manager

Theresa. The way she protected us from the Anna Kournikova virus brought

tears to my eyes.

Who is the craziest? The entire creative department. You know those

wacky creative types.

How comfortable are your offices? My office will be perfect once the wet

bar is installed.

How often are you still there when the cleaners come round? Even if I

stay late, I hide so the cleaning lady won't know that I'm the guy who

puts full Diet Coke cans in his garbage can.

What is the best thing about working there? Slack Barshinger is not a PR

firm. It's Chicago's top business-to-business integrated marketing firm.

Because it's not a PR firm, there are only a handful of

self-aggrandizing PR types like myself.

And the worst thing? There are still a handful of those

self-aggrandizing PR types.

What's been your biggest mistake while working there? Giving a certain

reporter my cell phone number. I have to shut it off when I go to bed

now. We'll just leave it at that.

And your luckiest break? Getting to live in Chicago. New York is the

capital of the world, but Chicago is the best city to live in.

What is the biggest thing to hit your office in the past year? Me.

Number of employees: 55

Address: 444 N. Michigan Avenue, 9th floor, Chicago, IL 60610

Phone: (312) 923-7602


Senior manager: Gary Slack, managing partner

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