Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated July 25, 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. Consultant

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Decent work hours, talented co-workers, great work location and relatively good employee benefits.

    Cons

    sometimes you will work long hours for events, but that comes as part of the job for working in the PR industry for every company.

    Advice to Management

    A bit more direction in terms of what's expected from the junior staff. A bit more face to face meetings rather than remote email instructions.


  2. Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative atmosphere Good top management- super supportive Big brands to work on, experiment and put on your resume!

    Cons

    A little crazy in their definition of planning vs. client servicing--- planning seriously under-staffed vs. servicing department


  3. Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    great agency and great employees

    Cons

    feels a bit corporate sometimes


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  5. senior analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather (Less than a year)

    Pros

    awesome company culture and atmosphere. really love it.

    Cons

    would be awesome if had more training


  6. Good Culture

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    Current Employee - Studio Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Studio Coordinator in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Good culture, lots of opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Raises are few and far between.


  7. Interning at Oglivy

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great culture, great benefits. Surrounded by very talented people. Awesome place to get started in the advertising world. Creative, fun, exciting projects to work on.

    Cons

    There is a lot of competition in the ad world. You will need to always be up to date on your skills to produce top notch work for the company. Not really a con but more like you really need to have your stuff together.

    Advice to Management

    Higher ups needs to be more considerate of interns and the amount of work they put into the company. Just because we are interns it does not mean we aren't skilled enough to work with top talent already in the company.


  8. Agency

    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather (Less than a year)

    Pros

    bright people, big budgets, global work

    Cons

    long hours, tight deadlines, drink a lot


  9. Helpful (1)

    the good and the bad

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Consultant, Marketing Analytics in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant, Marketing Analytics in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The good: * good work /life balance depending on your manager and client. fortunately my team was profitable and appropriately staffed. props to our department head * better than NY!

    Cons

    * work was boring. * inconsistencies across office. some teams marginalized. * layoffs from poor staffing planning


  10. Great agency.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Ogilvy & Mather is a great place to work. The people are smart and nice and the leadership is getting better compared to earlier years. It's a modern agency with full service capabilities that create big campaigns for big brands.

    Cons

    Ogilvy is a giant, and with it comes the issues of a big agency. Processes can be slow and complicated. Politics play a big role on all levels. People are very nice but culture is lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Better focus on top and young talent. Good people can get lost in the crowd leading them on to find new jobs. It's a shame to see bright colleagues leave because they didn't get the right opportunity.


  11. Working at Ogilvy

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    Pros

    Culture, creative, building amenities, gym, accounts

    Cons

    Salary, lack of structure, promotion schedule



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