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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 for 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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    A Good Learning Experience, But Not a Viable Long-term Option

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

    I have been working at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting work, smart people, and good training opportunities.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, rare and very low salary increases and bonuses, control from a parent company that could care less about good work and good people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to grow in PR.

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    • 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 for 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
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