Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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Ogilvy & Mather Global CEO Miles Young
Miles Young
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Pros
  • Excellent work life balance, creative environment (in 11 reviews)

  • Some really smart people to learn from (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • There is an effort shown by management to maintain a work-life balance but it definitely has some room for improvement (in 26 reviews)

  • It's a culture where long hours and exhausted people are considered de rigeur and almost a matter of pride (in 24 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Absent Management, mis-allocated talent. (This review is for OgilvyRED, not Ogilvy & Mather)

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - OgilvyRED Consultant
    Former Employee - OgilvyRED Consultant

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    OgilvyRED is very good at hiring and recruiting good people, resulting in lots of smart and highly qualified people in the ranks.

    definitely a good brand name & benefits from affiliation with Ogilvy - good path to go down if you want to be a brand manager or transition to another role in the advertising side of ogilvy & mather (which can be hard to get without an 'in')

    lots of variety in project subject matter, which produces the opportunity to gain some very specific knowledge about some very specific industries.

    lots of perks from being a part of the ogilvy building (roof deck, ping pong, relaxed culture)

    Cons

    management is not great at putting good talent to work in the right places. many employees hired out of top business schools / undergrad programs end up spending large amounts of time on low level tasks (writing up interview notes from recordings, putting together competitive messaging audits, making decks look nice) and not a lot of time on actual strategic work.

    there is a strong lack of 'teaching' culture - management has tried to implement quarterly training sessions but what's missing is an environment in which management/partners take an active role in developing employees, rather than treating them as resources for deck design & procedural work etc. (see above)

    compensation is below market at all levels. bonuses are very rare (and are quite small compared to those received at other brand consultancies) and the methodology for who actually gets them has never been defined and is quite murky. overall, comp has no clear connection to employee performance / evaluations.

    morale is low, specifically among experienced hires. there is a common sense that what is promised to experienced hires during the interview and hiring process (client-facing responsibilities, leadership of project teams, real learning opportunities) is not delivered, which creates resentment.

    Criticism of the organization falls on deaf ears (at best) or results in employees being ostracized or treated with contempt. There is no mechanism to gauge employee satisfaction, and upper management has been consistently absent and does not seem willing or able to make any sort of changes to address these crucial issues.

    There are lots of bright young people in the group - people who care about OgilvyRED and about their careers who only notice structural and organizational flaws because they live within them every working day. People make suggestions to management because of a genuine wish to improve how the company works on a day-to-day basis. If these suggestions are shrugged off (or worse), it's no wonder that morale and company culture continues to decline.

    Advice to Management

    resolve the issue of who OgilvyRED is as a company - a marketing company, a start-up, or a management consultancy? employees see the worst of each world: the low compensation of a marketing company, the lack of structure & learning opportunities of a typical startup, and the long hours and pressure of a management consultancy.

    OgilvyRED is a good place to work for people who want careers in advertising. Part of the problem is that the company tries to recruit people who want to work in consulting or business strategy, who join because they expect things that OgilvyRED just can't provide.

    please note that I am only writing this review not only to voice my own opinions, but to voice those of others in the organization. i have seen too many new employees grow disappointed and frustrated with OgilvyRED, and have heard too many people come to regret their decisions to choose to spend crucial post-degree years at the company. it is important for these views to be heard.


  2. Old school

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good mentors but not the most creative place

    Cons

    The agency felt very big and far away from everything (subway, stores, etc)

    Advice to Management

    do more digital work


  3. Helpful (7)

    Good for your resume, bad for your growth and confidence

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great client names, super creative/ nice/ smart coworkers, good for your resume, incredible learning opportunities = you end up stretching well above your job title, invitations to industry events, opens up a LOT of doors very quickly, make friends in your field

    Cons

    Extremely top-heavy management, no clear direction on department or career goals, no reviews/ raises even when you've already proven yourself capable of handling larger projects, little opportunity to grow beyond the job title you start in, HR is worse than useless = they're detrimental, little training provided, you're at the mercy of your direct manager and they may not be out to help you


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Management Sucks; Some Arrogant Co-workers; Great health insurance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Big brand name
    2. Medical insurance is great
    3. Fast-paced (also means you will hear a lot of "give me this work ASAP")

    Cons

    1. No career development: managers does not care much about your professional development, even if you have tried to address your concerns

    2. Lack of collaboration: the way the manager handle the projects make it difficult to understand what another person is doing even if you all work on the same project

    3. No salary raise, even if your landlord increase the rent, Ogilvy would not

    4. No transparency in terms of promotion: 1) no performance review. Technically, there is a system but only HR claims that they care. 2) sometime you do not even know why some people got promoted but some did not.

    5. Some people are pretty arrogant: people who can work here are, generally speaking, pretty smart and come from pretty good background. However, people are generally also very arrogant. You can some people in the same team who would refuse to talk to you or even look at you in the elevator just because you don't work on the same client project.

    6. Most projects the NYC office have are pretty terrible.

    Advice to Management

    1. Talk to your people. Those juniors may have not worked with you directly but you all in the same team/function. You are all even sitting in the same area.

    2. Try to understand what your employees need. Clients are important, and so are your employees.

    3. Managers who became managers not because they are ready or are capable of managing people but because of their job title. Think about this fact!

    4. You should all go back to take some manager training classes and most importantly put it into practice.


  6. Tiny amount of top creative talent to guide you but not good enough to inspire - nowhere near

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big company with big accounts and potential, no talent in US specially at the very top but there is some elsewhere in the global network.

    Cons

    Creative talent/ambition in NY office non-existent - not an opinion, a fact: Ogilvy was top network at Cannes two years running with zero Lions/contribution from Ogilvy US. A glaring con.

    Advice to Management

    New top management - particularly creative but not exclusively - desperately needed at Ogilvy US NOW! Perhaps Miles Young be more directly involved there?


  7. Account Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You have Ogilvy on your resume

    Cons

    top heavy and no room for advancement. They favor the weak and the ones who actually work, they keep down


  8. Terrible company to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Free Starbucks and nice building.

    Cons

    I thought the place was strange when i when for an interview and they asked me if i would be ok with wearing pajamas to work on "pajamas day"!! i like to think of my self as a professional with a masters degree, not someone who wears pajamas to work. but i needed a job. Let's just say the interview was the normal compared to how the place is ran.

    My advice: do yourself a favor and find a better job. You cant really get much worse.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more intelligent people that actually belong being managers.


  9. Great people and wonderful brands

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Brands and direct report was the best I have ever worked with

    Cons

    Never had a review or raise...had to ask for raise

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the workhorses and at least give reviews ever few years


  10. Will the Real Ogilvy & Mather Please stand up?

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Spectacular view and very comfortable office environment with up to date technology. Great location that makes working here a plus. Most employees have great attitudes and are for the most part good people.

    Cons

    Big office politics drive down morale and destroy culture. Too many bosses make it very difficult to get the job done while constant micro management interfere with good thinking. Constant layoffs, low salaries and reactionary leadership create friction amongst all employees. No room to grow or advance in your career.

    Advice to Management

    Change needs to happen from the top down, senior leadership and middle management are destroying the office from within.


  11. Too many bloated salaried senior managers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great experience working at a huge agency. I've learned a lot and done some great work.

    Cons

    Promotions and salary increases rarely happen unless you're buddy buddy with Seifert. People have gone YEARS without raises despite the agency being quite profitable. We're told there isn't enough money to give everyone raises, yet we keep getting "Co-CFO's" and other senior staffers hired and relocated to make it look like we have amazing talent which is just a new business ploy. No effort is made to keep existing business.

    Advice to Management

    Get caught up on promotions and raises or the steady turnover will continue. People rarely stay longer than 2 years.



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