Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic if you're lucky enough to work with the design group

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    Current Freelancer - Freelance Designer in Chicago, IL
    Current Freelancer - Freelance Designer in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Great mentorship, great sense of community within the design group, opportunities to do really cool pro bono work, fun company events, bloody mary bar on fridays, summer fridays

    Cons

    Lack of concern for design outside of design group, lack of communication between creatives and account execs, can get frustrating as a designer

    Advice to Management

    Promote more cohesion between departments, better filter what work gets assigned to designers, art directors, etc., take control of your own finances

  2. Great Intern Program

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather

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

    Pros

    At Ogivly I really felt as though the company provides the tools necessary in developing your skills.

    Cons

    It's hard to navigate around the office, the work is very relationship based and it seems as though its a difficult place to start

    Advice to Management

    Providing more time off to employees seems like it would be vital to the company. Most employees are very overworked.

  3. Great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather

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

    Pros

    Ogilvy is filled with some of the smartest, nicest, and cleverest people around. As others have said, they'll throw you in at the deepest end, and that's not for the faint-hearted – but if you're up for a serious challenge, on the biggest brands, the biggest problems, and can handle a bewildering array of collaborative networks, it's a great experience.

    Cons

    Raises were non-existent, even with a record of outstanding achievement. Hours were frequently long, sometimes back-breaking. It is a very big place, and if you're not extending your connections at every moment, you will get left in the dust. Location is not the best, far out on 11th Avenue.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are hyper-multi-talented, and should be given more opportunity to contribute in an organic fashion that extends naturally from the project at hand.

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  5. Friendly environment with helpful staff

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    Former Contractor - Associate Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Associate Consultant in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    large organization with useful resources and efficient team members, learned a lot from working there!

    Cons

    your voice could get lost when so many people are involved in one project

    Advice to Management

    I like the office culture, would like more benefits while I was working there.

  6. Art Director

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    Current Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Art Director 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

    Work-life balance, great office & views. Friendly people.

    Cons

    Clients are conservative, accounts are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Get more involved and hands on with managing employees.

  7. It was a great experience working there. Everyone's hardworking and the environment is encouraging.

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    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    encouraging environment; helping team members; caring leaders; nice company culture.

    Cons

    pressure too much; work overload; people care less about things besides work.

    Advice to Management

    more activities besides work; encourage getting the work done on time.

  8. Brains bigger than creative chops

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Smart and kind people, solid accounts, options for movement across departments
    - Big believer in true strategy

    Cons

    - Difficulty in moving up, too much red tape, the program for expense reports is archaic and frustrating
    - Often times goes with safe creative work

    Advice to Management

    Sorry to say, but you're driving away young talent. Look to foster it.

  9. Rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    International brands, big budget accounts and production. Civil working environment, people are decent.

    Cons

    Mostly Business to Business accounts. A fair amount of layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the civility, go after consumer accounts. Keep creative management more consistent, too many changes.

  10. Great Experience but could be improved on some fronts

    Former Intern - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Extremely talented colleagues, lots of freedom to learn new skills on the job, ability to seek mentorship if you see it out

    Cons

    Can be pretty bureaucratic at times, not as collaborative in some departments, however, if you work in a great team, you can benefit a lot

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job at employee retention and training,

  11. Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Would Rather Not Say in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Would Rather Not Say 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

    Great place to work, lots of opportunities and great accounts to get experience on. Great place to grow your career.

    Cons

    Location is the worst - there is not much on 11th Avenue but that area is building up with places like Gotham West market.

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