Ogilvy Public Relations

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Ogilvy Public Relations Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
80 Reviews
2.7
80 Reviews
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Ogilvy Public Relations CEO Christopher (Chris) Graves
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This place is full of smart people who want challenging work (in 11 reviews)

  • Smart people and many opportunities to learn new things if you are interested (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Zero work life balance, tough to get management to ACT when you have negative feedback (in 12 reviews)

  • long hours, there isn't that much bad i would say (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Used to be a lot better

    Former Employee - Field Representative  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Field Representative in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Ogilvy Public Relations as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent pay, work on your own, enjoyable to get out and meet people in small businesses

    Cons

    Cut backs, made it harder to make good money, lay you off, and they made it harder to enter the data.
    I have worked on and off for them for their many American Express Campaigns which used to be very good.
    I have also worked some short term campaigns that tend to be pretty shaky IMHO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the time and effort you put people through when you made your software system much more complicated. Entering long reports for no good reason

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    a terrible place to work; BAD client service

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    Current Employee - Account Director  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    so many good people are leaving, and that is causing even the most moronic of the leaders to realize how bad they have steered this ship. some of the salaries for senior people are competitive.

    Cons

    no mentoring, no raises, backstabbing culture, extremely poor leadership starting at the top, suck up culture -- not merit-based, good people leaving in droves, poor client service is the inevitable result. salaries tend to be well below the industry average for junior and mid-level employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    leaders are awful and wont take advice. only hope is for parent WPP to wake up and remove the top leaders in the U.S.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Career growth stagnates quickly

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time

    Pros

    Colleagues are generally smart and determined, it is a 'safe' environment and overall the company is seeing global growth

    Cons

    Uncompetitive wages, slow to adapt to changes in the market or PR and social practices, senior leadership is narrow-minded and traditional; other agencies are more progressive in pushing clients on innovation and doing the right work, along with investing in people and training. It can take years to be promoted here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in people and training, be transparent about expectations for growth and advancement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    smart people who make a difference

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    Former Employee - Finance Director  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    great management, smart and creative

    Cons

    long hours, there isn't that much bad i would say

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Would look elsewhere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    There not much that I can say about this office that is a pro.

    Cons

    Incredibly poor senior management. Raises/promotions are practically unheard of.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall a good experience until the past 18 months.

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The people are the best part of the firm. Work life balance is okay as well.

    Cons

    Raises and promotions and few and far between. NY leadership is lacking. No real vision for the company overall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward good work with raises and promotions. Also acknowledge good work on a regular basis in NY.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    RUN, DONT WALK, AWAY FROM WORKING HERE -- DC office of Ogilvy PR

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    Former Employee - Vice President  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC

    I worked at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time

    Pros

    Salaries can be competitive for senior people. some smart people in digital unit. Not much else good to say.

    Cons

    This is NOT a meritocracy. This is a place that thrives on suck-ups and the people who love them. The leadership is poor, very unfamiliar with basic business needs of their clients, defaults to fear and loathing as their management style. This is the culture nurtured from the top, especially the U.S. chief.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tear it down and start again. Learning to say please and thank you would go a long way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong Turnaround

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time

    Pros

    - Ogilvy culture / heritage is inspirational. Great place to work!
    - Integration with Ogilvy means actual skilled resources for creative
    - Promising new MD in Chicago
    - Sharp Social@Ogilvy team. Very tight knit.
    - No drama like other PR shops in town
    - Lackluster/abrasive leaders who had little respect with O&M have left and things are a million times better

    Cons

    - Not a strong identity separate from Ogilvy...just feels like PR people working at Ogilvy. If you work on one of the big, integrated accounts then you feel like you work for O&M not OPR
    - Need more mid-level talent
    - Could use more admin support for VP+ leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pull in your people and get them connected to the greater good in OPR. Continue to develop vision for Chicago and hold team accountable. Find ways to bolster perception of OPR within O&M so it doesn't feel like they are delegating down and so we have a true seat at the table.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Brand Name Means Terrible Service

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    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

    Ogilvy is a brand name.

    Cons

    They will treat you badly. Put on your big girl panties. Here, it's about how you play the game. They don't care how well you serve your clients, how good you are at your job, or how many hours you work. It's about how much you suck up to the right people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are not required to have management training. Can you imagine?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just because it's Ogilvy doesn't mean it's good.

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    Former Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Honestly cannot think of any. I even took it off my resume, because I couldn't point to one thing I did during my time there that I was proud of. The name carries a lot of weight, but not so much that it's worth selling your soul, which is what every day felt like.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. The rest of ogilvy is very good. The ny division of Opr was laughable. Barely enough work to pay all the inflated salaries or deal with the inflated egos. Dc was the office to be in, ny was a train wreck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be consistent. You're not trusted. Be truthful. Don't assume your employees can read your mind. Train your staff. If you want to empower them train them first.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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