The Qwest Fallout at McClain Finlon

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Previous reports about the layoff of 120 of McClain Finlon’s employees seem to be a bit overstated as we’ve just gotten a note from an insider stating the final number is not yet official but rumored to be in the 70s.

Either way, the agency will be going from a med-large agency down to a small-medium agency (based on Denver’s scale). Those who have been cut will remain with the agency until the end of February and the shop is going to help with placement and offer resources for getting books and resumes together. (Classy move.)

Most are keeping their heads up and looking at it as an opportunity to start fresh. One note from us to all those involved: send us your work. Lots of eyes are peering in on what’s going on here and we’ll do everything we can to push quality talent.


I’m sorry to see so many lose their jobs. We are looking for a sharp junior to mid-level writer here in Albuquerque.

I know it’s just one job, but there it is.

It’s a tough part of this business that things like this can and do happen. I just wanted to extend my condolences to the people and their families at McClain who were affected and wish them the absolute best in the future.

Keep your heads up.

It does suck, and can certainly creates some stress for all those involved, but as someone who has moved around a lot in my career, I don’t regret any position I have ever held over the past decade. The things you learn, the people you meet, and the friendships you forge will often transcend your time with any one agency.

I would invite any design or development resource to contact me directly about possible contract work, which could lead to a permanent position with Him Creative.

Good luck to all.

We are stunned by the outpouring of support from the Colorado advertising community — and our friends from all over the country. McClain Finlon has great people and it’s important that we find a way for them to have careers in Colorado. If you have any job possibilities, please contact Heidi Stevenson, director of human resources at McClain Finlon ( She is posting these positions.

The numbers you and other blogs have reported are overstated. Regardless, more important than the numbers, these individuals are superb professionals — and our desire is to keep them here so the Denver advertising community remains strong.

— Lindsey Miller, PR Manager,
McClain Finlon Advertising

Well said Joe. A job is just a job. Talent, experience and relationships are what is really important.

An agency like McClain, that is built around a handful of big accounts is, unfortunately not all that uncommon. And because of this unstable model, we have to be ready to move around and take our hits. They lost one account and half the company is gone. Seems crazy but that’s the reality. All we can do is try to avoid falling in love with our jobs, it just ends up clouding our decisions and screw us up if/when the shit hits the fan.

The fact that they are helping their people out by giving them two months notice and finding them jobs says a lot about their class and ethics. A far cry from a neighboring agency that recently laid off several people with zero notice or assistance.

Sure, business is business but there is a right and wrong way to do things.

Based on the lack of any significant wins to offset the loss of Qwest, perhaps this is just a typical cycle of a small shop that struck gold with one client. A couple of good years, start believing their own press, and then reality hits. Everyone will land, and move on … McClain Finlon will assume its rightful position as a workman like shop. Not surprising.

Giving two months notice was not something that McClain Finlon did out of the goodness of their heart but rather it is a federal labor law when a company is doing a mass layoff affecting either 1/3 of the work force or more than 50 employees. So far McClain has been generous in allowing people to look for work on company time but not really doing anything that would be called “above & beyond”.

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