Ogilvy Public Relations Reviews

Updated December 2, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Great experience!

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    Current Contractor - Producer in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Producer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Ogilvy Public Relations as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Work with smart creative people who appreciate your skill set and what you bring to the table. They understand what it takes to get a job done. Friendly atmosphere. Even though PR agencies can be chaotic given client demands, projects are handled with some semblance of sanity, humor and civility. I enjoyed working with everyone I came across.

    Cons

    There is a high stress level and it feels chaotic at times which is typical of most public relations agencies.

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

    Ogilvy DC-- A LOUSY place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    I've racked my brain and can't think of many pros, other than thanks to the U.S. Constitution slavery has been outlawed so that you don't have to work here. Though working here certainly feels like a punishment and penance for a terrible wrong I must have done in a former life.

    Cons

    Bad managers. Bad leadership. Bad managers. Bad leadership. Did I mention the bad managers and bad leadership? A vicious culture that services clients poorly. Overpriced PR. Employees are treated like dirt. Salaries are low, people are leaving or getting laid off, the place is collapsing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire everyone at the top and then work your way down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 8 people found this helpful

    a terrible place to work; BAD client service

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time (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
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  5. 4 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
  6. 7 people found this helpful

    Brand Name Means Terrible Service

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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)

    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
  7. Smart people, great working environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Part of a global network, very well established, always have necessary resources.

    Cons

    As with any agency, sometimes there are late nights and occassional weekends.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Smart people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    This place is full of smart people who want challenging work.

    Cons

    Promotion cycle is far from consistent. The goal and development plans are a joke. The way to get a raise is to make sure your group head likes you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work directly with your team more

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful

    Sr. Account Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Account Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some great people to work and learn from.
    Benefits and vacation are good.
    The name Ogilvy looks good on a resume when you leave.

    Cons

    No culture anymore, just words. It's who you know or who likes you that gets you promoted or increases. They talk about listening but senior management doesn't acknowledge or respond to concerns. HR is even worse. If you don't have a family and want to work excessive hours, nights, weekends, holidays then Ogilvy is for you. If this is your first job it tends to tarnish your view on large companies. I went to a smaller boutique firm where they actually care about the people, their career and culture. Until WPP actually cares and gets rid of all the senior managers, and the office heads, it will always be a dog-eat-dog company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    WPP should clean house and get rid of all the senior leaders. A reorganization is critical for Ogilvy to survive. They think their reputation is great but but it is not. WPP should step back and look at the lack of business coming in, the turnover and morale and recognize that it's all talk no action, it's sad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    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)

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    • 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 (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

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