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Plenty of lip service, no real change.

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  • 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)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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 Management

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.

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  1. Great place to grow in PR.

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    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)

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

    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.

  2. Great place to start out.

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

    I worked at Ogilvy Public Relations

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

    Pros

    -Many talented people to learn from.
    -Office is young and fun.
    -You can get involved in whichever projects interest you.
    -Your experience is what you make of it.

    Cons

    -Low pay, but that is the nature of PR
    -Much of the work is boring and tedious
    -Rigid promotion ladder

    Advice to Management

    Let the cream rise to the top, fast track the best and brightest up the food chain faster.

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