Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated June 15, 2015
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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. Account Supervisor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, nice people

    Cons

    The type of accounts and corresponding creative wasn't super interesting or creative


  2. Helpful (1)

    Lots of perks, though raises not one of them

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor

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

    Pros

    Fun, smart people to work with, a focus on company culture

    Cons

    Some awful people in senior management roles to deal with. Raises/bonuses are few and far between for those doing the work while the CEO for WPP gets a 40% raise.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Ogilvy & Mather

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly strategic, "teaching hospital" for Account Managers, culture of precision and perfection, training programs and surrounded by high performers.

    Cons

    Non competitive salaries, terrible work/life balance


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Lots of promise left unfulfilled

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    Current Employee - Senior Planner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Planner in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

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

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues, loads of great opportunities, ample resources. On some accounts there are true opportunities to create really amazing work across channels. Fantastic to be a part of a highly regarded and award-winning agency.

    Cons

    Bloated bureaucracy and rigid hiearchical organization that thwarts risk-taking and innovative behavior. Account-led thinking is fundamentally conservative. Can be a boring, cubicle-rich place to work with high demands on employee time.


  6. Excellent company that continues to innovate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ogilvy is a company that has weathered the storm of a constantly evolving industry. It is founded on solid professional ethics.

    Cons

    Advertising agencies are fighting to determine their relevance in the new digital age. Some are merging, some are diversifying. Either way, their long-term future is questionable.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your core values and you will survive


  7. Helpful (1)

    B/B-

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture. Good people. Good opportunities if you have a supporting manager.

    Cons

    Do not compensate employees. Takes forever to get a raise and when you do it is insulting.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out the compensation so that employees get rewarded as they should.


  8. Excellent training, David Ogilvy's vision still in the hallways of all offices, inspiring to deivering 360 Degree Brand

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Training, sink or swim mentality, brand name, culture, global work and brilliant creatives.

    Cons

    Too big. Better getting a more hands on experience in a smaller office than the Giant Chocolate Factory.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people that are curious, creative and that think different! Don't put them in boxes but allow freedom to create big ideas.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Great people, great place, great perks... not great creative work.

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    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It is a global company and one of the biggest names out there. You enjoy tons of perks of a huge company in the advertising industry so it is a very comfortable place to work. Every day is fast paced and keeps you busy.

    Cons

    At the end of the day I am not being pushed to do the most creative work that I can. Everyone in the creative department is more or less coasting on huge clients being happy doing what they've always done. There is no urgency to try new things and be competitive in an increasingly digital creative economy. The bureaucracy of the large company makes it difficult to push creative ideas through, and there is a feeling of widespread consensus amongst most creatives that nobody is truly happy with the work they are producing (unless old school banners and emails are your thing).

    There is also no room for professional growth. It is a known fact in the company that you will not receive a raise or promotion unless you get a competing offer or actually move companies. There is no reward system in place for hard working individuals, instead that hardest working individuals get taken advantage of with uncompensated late nights and working weekends. There needs to be some kind of professional track in place for young motivated creatives to see a path for their future towards management or higher professional creative roles.

    Advice to Management

    To use your own line... "start in like a start up." There needs to be more space for collaboration and less rigid structures of the traditional two person "copywriter & art director" team. Allow people to grab individuals for different projects based on those individuals' strengths and talents. the creative management team does not understand this and there is a serious lack of communication between those creative managers and the creatives being placed on projects.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Big agency blues

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    Former Employee - Senior Partner, Planning in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Partner, Planning in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The wit & wisdom of founder David Ogilvy, still permeates and inspires, tho in a very attenuated fashion. Some genuinely nice people, decent creative,some quite good amazingly long tenures in that dept.

    Cons

    Head of Planning has been a revolving door.
    WPP stranglehold on finances, salaries lag.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a head of planning with vision and stature -maybe look beyond the usual suspects.


  11. Amazing culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People, flex work arrangements, generous holidays, ample social activities.

    Cons

    Raises (or lack thereof), which are controlled by senior management. Process change involves vetting of too many people.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the benefits you can provide.



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