Ogilvy & Mather

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Updated February 8, 2015
Updated February 8, 2015
105 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work / Life balance is pretty good and you get the X'mas / New Year week off (in 11 reviews)

  • Amazing and diverse clients, great work environment, incredibly smart people (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Impossible to have a work life balance due to work pressure and insane expectations from employees (in 26 reviews)

  • Giving your best might mean work long and long hours in the office (in 24 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    B/B-

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big agency blues

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the benefits you can provide.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Pretty Cool

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, great environment to work at, hard-working people

    Cons

    Not really doing anything groundbreaking. Clients like SCJ and Unilever stifle the creativity of campaigns. How can we do anything cool if the clients don't want to take risks?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Anonymous

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Coworkers bonded over a not-so great situations.

    Cons

    Cliques, gossip, throwing under the bus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Intelligent People; Lack of Focus or Clear Value Proposition

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

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

    Pros

    Ogilvy definitely has strong brand recognition for your resume, and apart from a few exceptions, you will work with some of the smartest minds in the industry.

    Cons

    Lots of chasing your own tail as a team, and the agency is full of egos and big personalities to manage. The organization has become impossible to navigate-- a result of people in the agency trying to 'do their own thing' to half-baked success, and the agency being a yes-man to every single client, undermining a distinct competitive advantage or value proposition amongst different internal teams.

    Additionally, anyone there will tell you, high performers get punished-- more aptitude equals more work without proper compensation. The only way to get a raise is to have a counter offer or leave and come back. Really.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage a clear organizational structure, and offer a fair compensation plan based on performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Pros

    A world renowned established advertising firm that you would want to have on your resume. Great benefits. Great employee social and sport activities.

    Cons

    Depends on the client you are assigned to but this job could be a thankless job where you could end up working for over 60 hours a week including weekends but all that does not matter unless you know how to schmooze and play the game or they will get rid of you somehow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training, training, training.... across the board and listen more to older established employees versus new fresh employees straight from college with no advertising experience.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great brands, great exposure, non-existent career advancement.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, Great brands – you'll work on some of the biggest brands in the world. Great exposure to the grand agency idea. Lots of killer work for your book.

    Cons

    Get what you want coming in. Don't expect a bonus unless your leadership level. You will get burnt out. They really chew you up here. Sometimes design is at best a tertiary thought.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize your people, don't let the only raises be based on job offers from other companies. Leadership needs to remember the people in the trenches — which they don't.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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