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Best job I ever had

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Former Employee - Senior CopyWriter  in  New York, NY
Former Employee - Senior CopyWriter in New York, NY

Pros

I freelanced at Ogilvy for nearly 6 years in the creative department. You are pretty much treated like an adult...come and go as you please, as long as the work is done. The atmosphere is very laid back and team-oriented. I'm sure there are some groups within the company that are a bit tougher (depending on client, creative director, etc.) and more structured but honestly, I cannot say enough good things about this place.

Cons

The elephant in the room is the location...Eleventh and 46th is not exactly stimulating. And the commute can be tough. But the positives far outweigh the negatives.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

While I appreciate the efforts, having an on-site manicurist, language lessons, weekly parties and other perks is wasted money. It's difficult to rationalize the budgets for these frills when people get laid off.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Place to learn a lot

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to learn so much, no matter what dept you work in.
    Growth in the company is easy
    Travel is paid for and your budget for trips is really nice
    Company picnics, food trunks, sports team, happy hour...I can go on

    Cons

    HR is crap most of the time in the westcoast office at least
    The constant layoffs make things very uncomfortable
    Raises are like unicorns, you will never see one (WestCoast)
    Upper management make changes without out truly considering the consequences of the work culture, employees, and potential clientele. Results were a few clients left have been lost. One even walked out after coming into the office for only an hour or so.

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    Smart people, best in the industry, flawed model and a bit of good ole boys club

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You will work with some of the best and brightest in the industry at Ogilvy and work on world-class brands. Depending on the department you work in, your boss and the account(s) you work on you can have a very varied experience. It never is dull, there is much to learn and do and if you're a high-performer ability to move from account to account and even move to different departments (although sometimes movement happens way to slow).

    Cons

    While you're working with many bright people, you'll all see many of them come and go. There is not enough emphasis on keeping the best talent at Ogilvy and ensuring they're developing and having thriving careers. Lip service is paid, but actions fall short. Rotations can take forever or be held up, raises can be held off for years due to overall poor business performance even if your personal performance is great and employee reviews are hard to come by (most managers aren't very good and giving honest and timely feedback). Sr. Management is a bit of good ole boys (and some girls) club and when it comes to tightening the belt they are never part of the solution (layoffs rarely include Sr. level executives, expensive car service and business trips still go on for them). Highly matrixed structure (and separate P&Ls) over complicates what could be a more seamless working environment and provide integrated solutions for clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify the business structure, find a way to have less competition within business units and silos. Go back to core values that David had in treating employees like family and not just a number on a spreadsheet. Hold everyone accountable in upper management, stop the special treatment for Sr. Executives. Hold managers accountable for developing their people, and that doesn't just mean filling out only 1x a year the worst possible format of an employee review form...it means connecting with the employee on a regular basis, having discussions, giving feedback and guidance and ensuring they have a sense of career path at Ogilvy.

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