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Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
338 Reviews

3.7
338 Reviews
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Ogilvy & Mather Global CEO Miles Young
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work / Life balance is pretty good and you get the X'mas / New Year week off (in 10 reviews)

  • Great people who really work hard to try and make the company successful (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Impossible to have a work life balance due to work pressure and insane expectations from employees (in 23 reviews)

  • Giving your best might mean work long and long hours in the office (in 22 reviews)

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  1.  

    A killer agency throughout time

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

    Pros

    The agency life can be jarring, difficult, and time consuming, the people at ogilvy make it look and feel easy. The accounts are always top notch, and well executed, and they should be, sometimes there are more than 50 people working on a single account. but from the Creatives to the Kitchen staff and security guards, everyone takes pride and seriousness in their work.

    Cons

    The scale of a company that large will make some people feel like a small a cog in a huge machine, and for all intents and purposes you are. this is a machine that was built a long time ago and relies on creative blood sweat and tears to stay alive. This can be feel daunting and discouraging to many.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I spent a very short time at the agency on a freelance position and a small account, but my time at the agency showed me that a company like Ogilvy was exactly where I wanted to be. I loved the people, the enviornment, and the fast paced excitement and thrill of making deadlines.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    A big agency which does great work for great clients.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Ideas and hard work are appreciated. A highly structured agency that has had to reinvent itself for modern media.

    Cons

    Hours can be long, pollitics and behind-the-back scheming are part of the culture, always a new face with a new idea coming through and making sweeping changes. A wonderful place while you're a favored child, and when you fall from favor you probably won't know why.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A fun place to work but you'll have to leave to advance your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Client Finance Associate  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Client Finance Associate in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great people, interesting work, nice office

    Cons

    Bad systems in place, low pay compared to what they bill, raises are rare

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Annual raises

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

    The venerable brand is strong, if lumbering.

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

    Pros

    Smart, nice people
    Lots of capabilities
    Strong culture
    Lots of resources and facilities

    Cons

    A plodding behemoth
    Generally a few years behind the curve, especially in digital
    The organizational winners tend to have some higher level patron looking out for them
    Account group is all over the map -- some folks are strong and good, others are shockingly incapable of completing the must simple of daily tasks
    Much of the work is riding on inertia, not quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop places for your employees to act entrepreneurially and them let them...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A great place to start your career.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Art Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY

    Pros

    A great place to work on 360 ideas. A place to grow from a junior position. A lot of brands to work on.

    Cons

    No mentorship, no raises, no compensation for positive performance reviews, and conservative clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it promotes loyalty when you give your employees raises/bonuses at the end of the year. There is a high turn over rate for lower level creatives because of this issue.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very very good.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    Everyone is really intelligent and nice. The hours are extremely laid-back and flexible. And the work is interesting and rewarding. let alone the company is doing very well.

    Cons

    The pay is very mediocre here although most advertising agencies have similar salaries. However, if you stay and work hard you will move your way up and eventually make as much money as you are looking for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They really need to connect with all of their employees more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to get your feet wet

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interactive Project Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Interactive Project Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

    Good process direction. Production teams crave process.

    Cons

    Creatives are closed-off to hearing opinions from anyone other than their ECDs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even a mailroom attendant can have a good idea. Promote cross-pollination of ideas among teams and break down the barriers between production and creative.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nice but stressful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good culture, good work environment, nice colleague

    Cons

    too much workload, not balanced, personal growth is not clear

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful and Flawed

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

    Pros

    The environment is extremely collaborative; I think it's one of the most integrated agencies in the business. The people are incredibly intelligent and care a lot about the work they do. It's clear the teams care about their clients and accounts and truly want to produce the best work possible.

    The company is faced paced and you can learn an incredible amount if you're willing to absorb it. I honestly believe you can get the best experience of your career in right away by getting a foot in the door at O&M.

    The culture of the company, meaning the people, bring so much value and fun to the environment. Coming to work is like come in to see your 500 closest friends. Your colleagues become your friends and work family, in the best way possible.

    Cons

    There can be a number of political battles to fight if you want to get to the top. Because it's such a large company, recognition can be hard to come by. Additionally, there's clearly a "boys club" culture, so it can be hard for a woman to break into the leadership team.

    Promotions and raises can be frustrating, as they aren't necessarily always based on merit but on timing (promotions only come so often due to regulations of parent company WPP) and often are given to those who seem to be a high flight risk.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Dynamic company with many offices worldwide.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are several offices worldwide meaning there is always a new, dynamic campaign being implemented. Creative company culture.

    Cons

    It is a large company so any issues that you have can get diluted in a large corporate culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the opportunity to be creative means integrating yourself more with the local culture to broaden your horizons outside the office.

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