Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
364 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Impossible to have a work life balance due to work pressure and insane expectations from employees (in 25 reviews)

  • Giving your best might mean work long and long hours in the office (in 23 reviews)

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    Project Manager

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

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    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
  3.  

    Fast Paced

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    Current Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The Ogilvy community goes out of its way to help and teach. There is a sense of camaraderie amongst the teams and it's very rewarding when you do a good job. It's such an iconic brand that even working 3-6 months opens so many doors for you.

    Cons

    Even though they try their hardest to reach out to the interns, it's difficult because they still have a job so get ready for a lot of rain checks. It's a deceptively chill environment. You always have to be conscious of what you say because upper management could be in the elevator with you while you're talking about your Friday night.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great agency to learn the business

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather

    Pros

    The agency had many training resources

    Cons

    It was challenging to move up and gain compensation for tenure or new skills.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    look to the future

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

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

    Pros

    great brand, culture and people

    Cons

    too much weight on heritage; struggling to be innovative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop talking and listen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great reputation and experience for resume

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    The legacy of David Ogilvy, a long-standing leader in the industry and global network. Interesting work - depending on the client needs.

    Cons

    Needs more consultative approach to balancing staff and client needs. Growth is stagnant with new business, limits ability to be promoted. Competitive to stay on top of trends to offer/sell into clients and then price it reasonably. Distant culture - no one takes time to know you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strengthen communications to the organization (avoids rumor mill), embrace diversity and take more risk to be more innovative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    O&M

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

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people, the people, the people. Super creative, smart, talented, fun people.
    The commitment to health with the in-house nurse, gym and massage therapist were a nice touch and convenience.
    Training opportunities--in the years they were offering them these were a huge bonus and learning opportunity.

    Cons

    Too much work, not enough people. It's a culture where long hours and exhausted people are considered de rigeur and almost a matter of pride. Maintaining this type of environment is draining to the employees and the morale.
    Also the location is awful. There is no getting around it no matter how much management tries to sugarcoat it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to win business by promising lower prices to clients that are unrealistic.
    Spend some time "in the trenches" so you can be more in touch with the majority of the organization.
    Promote work/life balance and mean it.
    And be honest--the whole move to the new building was handled with so much ridiculous spinning. Stop trying to spin the people who you pay to spin other people!
    Stop having Christmas parties if you can't hand out raises.
    Bring back training opportunities--these were extremely valuable and a unique bonus for Ogilvy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to learn!

    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 an year)

    Pros

    Really fast paced environment with high expectations teaches you to perform to the best of your abilities under pressure. Excellent place to start a career, definitely teaches you valuable time management and performance skills that will help you at other jobs. great vacation policy

    Cons

    as with lots of the big agencies, in the lower tier positions pay is low and promotions are few and far between. raises are small if you see one, and it's easy to get lost in the crowd

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    nice place to work, but not for me

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    Pros

    Cool office. Bike room, showers.

    Cons

    not a place to be a technologist. Tech is very fractured here, and you'll spend lots of time doing time tracking since everything is client driven & must be billed

    coffee is terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start thinking like a tech company. consolidate datacenters. figure out a new billing model that doesnt require a separate aws account / project / client.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather

    Pros

    Amazing cultural dna all around

    Cons

    All they care about is making money. Very hierarchical

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your disenfranchised. turnover hurts and it can be reversed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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