Ogilvy & Mather
3.7 of 5 305 reviews
www.ogilvy.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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3.7 305 reviews

                             

85% Approve of the CEO

Ogilvy & Mather Global CEO Miles Young

Miles Young

(155 ratings)

79% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Tiny amount of top creative talent to guide you but not good enough to inspire - nowhere near

Associate Creative Director (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for more than 3 years

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

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Account Executive (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for more than 3 years

ProsYou have Ogilvy on your resume

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Terrible company to work for.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Ogilvy & Mather

ProsFree Starbucks and nice building.

ConsI 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 Senior ManagementHire more intelligent people that actually belong being managers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great people and wonderful brands

Graphic Designer (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for more than 5 years

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

ConsNever had a review or raise...had to ask for raise

Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to the workhorses and at least give reviews ever few years

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Will the Real Ogilvy & Mather Please stand up?

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for more than a year

ProsSpectacular 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.

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Too many bloated salaried senior managers

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

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

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Creative are Commodities

Creative Director (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Ogilvy & Mather

ProsGo there later and your career and get big money.

ConsCreatives get little respect by upper management
Creatives have little voice over direction of company
Sr Management is arrogant beyond belief
Raises are tiny and rare, so get it all when you take the job
Sr Managers have little experience running a giant company like Ogilvy
Accountants run the place
It's run by fear and intimidation
You'd have to be crazy to work there as a Creative.

Advice to Senior ManagementI have no advice to offer Sr Leadership. Because they wouldn't take it.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Happy on the outside, hating life in the inside

Program Manager (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

ProsPeople: I would describe most people as congenial, outgoing
Benefits: Good
Environment: Warehouse/industrial, senior mgmt attempts to provide a layed back environment

ConsPeople: Behind the nice exterior lies extremely stressed out, and mostly manipulative people, expects you to automatically know everything w/ little or no training.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire more people to balance out the extreme work load, provide compensation for overtime hours, don't expect everyone to stay till 8-11pm everyday!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Pretty bad experience with Ogilvy & Mather, even after getting recruited in Campus recruitment drive

Executive Marketing Communications (Public Relation) (Former Employee)
Chennai (India)

I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for less than a year

ProsFew of the colleagues have been very nice and helpful

ConsThe organization behaves as if it is owned by the senior management and they run it on their whims and fancies.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease keep the brand as high as it is considered by the new entrants. Your employees are ruining it at the Chennai office. I am sure, all of you seniors know that the biggest brand building tool is the "Word of Mouth".

I had to quit because of a horrible lady boss. Even though I joined after completing my MBA, I was being paid peanuts. Only to realize shockingly later that the HR dept and the Bombay office was told that I had demanded extra money to stay back. Got is clarified later though.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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account executive at ogilvy

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

Prosbig global company
happy hours on friday evening
bar at the office
casual attire on fridays
renown company worldwide
good interior

Consno work life balance
no bonus
no increment
lost a big local client
low salary for fresh graduates
hours are long and there is no overtime pay for workers

Advice to Senior Managementleadership roles are constantly changing in this company. ineffective leaders are always given a new "regional" role; expat come in for 2 years as the country CEO.

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