Ogilvy Public Relations

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Plenty of lip service, no real change.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

I have been working at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time (more than a year)

Pros

- Occasionally, you'll get to work on projects that make a difference.
- There are a lot of good-hearted, hard-working people here.
- Good benefits, 3 weeks total vacation (including Christmas week break) plus additional days/hours during the summer. You are eligible for a pension after 3 years of service.

Cons

- No company culture (besides cliques that tend to stick together for survival). No effort to improve morale, and morale among a lot of people here is terrible (see below).
- Sometimes openly hostile environment, other times passive/aggressive
- Underlings treated like juniors no matter where they are in their career
- Required to be here 9 hours a day, although many of my colleagues are here after 6, weekends, etc. Very poor work/life balance.
- Very demanding leadership that doesn't truly listen to concerns. Their answer is always more expectations, more demands, and trying to inspire by fist-bumping speeches. Lots of "we need to X, Y, and Z." Not a lot of "I hear your concern. Here's what we're doing to address that." Lots of lip service.
- Infighting between departments, competitive and cutthroat environment, gossip abounds
- Large focus on money and billable hours, less of a focus on quality of work

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Turn your priorities to the work and your employees' satisfaction, and the money will follow. There are a lot of unhappy people here you are not truly listening to.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1.  

    Great place to grow in PR.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The staff is all really eager to help each other and learn. Leadership is accessible and approachable with work problems or otherwise. Clients are really interesting and engaging, with a huge variety of accounts to work on. They keep the culture fun with quarterly, themed staff parties and other fun perks.

    Cons

    Problems with promotions/raises - more an issue for WPP but frustrating nonetheless.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Ogilvy Washington: Tough Culture with a Focus on Profit Over People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    For junior staff, big accounts with money and a wide breadth of tactical executions. Opportunities to learn through training. Flexible on working from home. Decent salary and benefits that are in line with other large agencies. Two years ago Ogilvy & Mather (the advertising side) brought Ogilvy PR in line with its benefits, which meant the week off between Christmas and New Year's; four Fridays off during the summer (in addition to personal days, vacation and holidays); and unlimited sick time for SVPs and above.

    Cons

    In Washington, DC in particular, the office supports a culture of bullying and negativity. It's a very, very tough, harsh environment even though the office tries to pay lip service to "fun" with things like a happy hour bar cart on Fridays operated by the Social@ department members.

    Leaders (as defined as VP and above) who take credit for others' work and berate staff are rewarded, while those who stand up for others are viewed as "troublemakers." Ogilvy Washington regularly promotes staffers without giving them raises, but then charges clients the newly promoted rates. A lot of pressure on staffers at all levels to bring in new business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things have changed a lot since Marcia Silverman's retirement. Corporate leaders should re-read David Ogilvy's philosophy on how to treat people (also on the Ogilvy & Mather Corporate Culture web page):

    "Superior service to our clients depends on making the most of our people. Give them challenging opportunities, recognition for achievement, job enrichment and the maximum responsibility. Treat them as grown-ups - and they will grow up. Help them in difficulty. Be affectionate and human."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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