Ogilvy CommonHealth

  www.ogilvychww.com
  www.ogilvychww.com
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Company on the rise

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

I have been working at Ogilvy CommonHealth full-time

Pros

- Diverse collection of bright people
- Opportunities to advance and assert yourself
- Casual environment with appreciation of work-life balance
- Solid benefits package

Cons

- Training opportunities can be limited
- Compensation is not the highest in the industry, but not the lowest either
- Clearer paths to advancement would be helpful

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Turnover is okay and necessary at times, but when you lose good people for nominal monetary gains, you end up paying more in the long run

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Positive Outlook
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too corporate, creativity stifled, too much management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ogilvy CommonHealth full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues at production and mid-management level are wonderful people (unfortunately not many end up staying long). Everyone pulls their weight and those who don't don't last long. Free coffee, nice work environment, opportunities to learn on the job and make contacts in NYC. Good place to get started. Good insurance benefits.

    Cons

    Talk is cheap - you can do your job extremely well and be consistently complimented, but when it comes time to request a salary increase to commensurate with your experience, abilities, and documented successes, be prepared to have to force them into making a counter offer. Even "scheduled" increases get delayed MONTHS because of the corporate structure, bureaucracy and overbearing focus on finances and timekeeping. Management talks out of both sides of its mouth. There are also far too many mid/senior managers who seem to contribute nothing valuable to many conversations yet bill to jobs and take hours away from those responsible for actually executing the project. Too many account people on projects as well. A lot of shortsighted focus on trying to make things look good on paper, which negatively affects those responsible for actually doing the work. There's a lot of "get new business!" followed by "only work on billable projects!" - which is it?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to your employees - there's too much passing of the buck and it makes these people loathe their jobs. Be clear about who's responsible for what financially, and don't depress your entire team on a weekly basis by making them feel they're responsible for a poor market, a slowing industry and a lousy economy when they still work 60-70 hour weeks busting their butts to produce the best work they can.

    The reviews on Glassdoor also aren't consistent with the feedback internal employee surveys are generating. Ask harder questions and don't be afraid of the answers - the current questions are posed in ways that it's very difficult to provide any actual negative commentary. Questions like "Do you agree with CommonHealth's vision?" are not helpful - a vision is a vision for a reason, it's an idealistic statement - if it's written properly of course most employees are going to agree with it. That doesn't mean it's the reality of how the company is run.

    Saw this in another review and thought it was spot on: "Stop allowing finance to run the business like we were a manufacturing operation. Pitches are a cost of doing business, not something you do "on the side in addition to all your billable work". If you want more "hunters" and fewer "farmers", reward hunting behavior--building business ins't necessarily billable."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Creative definitely is not valued

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ogilvy CommonHealth full-time

    Pros

    The chief creative officer is terrific

    Cons

    He's only one guy--the entire culture is set up as an old boy's network with lots of connections at the top that result in "friends" with no clue running various units badly--and getting rewarded for it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop allowing finance to run the business like we were a manufacturing operation. Pitches are a cost of doing business, not something you do "on the side in addition to all your billable work". If you want more "hunters" and fewer "farmers", reward hunting behavior--building business ins't necessarily billable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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