Hello there - I'm new to the forum and wanted to introduce myself! In a nutshell, I spent 8 years working as an in house designer for a fast moving food manufacturer. I left last year to begin freelancing, but was asked back on a year long contract to cover my previous boss' maternity leave. It's been a really good deal financially, which has given me a secure income with only having to work for them for 2.5 days a week, leaving the rest of my time free for other clients... but I have recently been reminded of some of the reasons I left in the first place! After a year of freedom, I've really noticed how much I feel like a 'puppet designer', with brand managers micro-managing design and doing the classic of trying to ensure every pixel of space on a page is occupied (no 'dead space', as they call it). And you can't tell them! And because they are not paying for each amend etc, they experiment with their ideas and go back and forth so many times until they have 'used me' to design their flyer, or whatever! Of course, I knew what I was getting into, and accept my fate, as it's great financial stability for a year, but wanted to share where I knew people would understand! Are there any other in-housers here that find this particularly problematic?