Ogilvy & Mather
3.7 of 5 329 reviews
www.ogilvy.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

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

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

ProsYou 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).

ConsWhile 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 Senior ManagementSimplify 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Smart, decent and solid but should be a leader...

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    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for more than a year


    Pros: Lots of big clients, interesting project and good creatives, still a… Cons: Understaffed and somehow not always as good as it should be, increasingly driven by… Advice to Senior Management: Follow your best instincts -- its a good place that… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Only good if you are in a senior position or a local office

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather


    Pros: Opportunity to work in different offices around the world if… Cons: Do not work at the corporate head office in New York.. Lacks creativity or the feel of an agency. If you have a family there… Advice to Senior Management: People have families and a pay increases once in a… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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