Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Pros
  • Excellent work life balance, creative environment (in 11 reviews)

  • Some really smart people to learn from (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • There is an effort shown by management to maintain a work-life balance but it definitely has some room for improvement (in 26 reviews)

  • It's a culture where long hours and exhausted people are considered de rigeur and almost a matter of pride (in 24 reviews)

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  1. Overall pretty good experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Strategist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Strategist in New York, NY

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very rigorous strategy practice; supportive management and fair treatment; smart and friendly coworkers that help to push your work and career forward; endless resources as a major agency with key clients

    Cons

    Hectic and disorganized client management; some minor organization issues keeping track of all the company's employees; heavy red tape from within and holding company

    Advice to Management

    Continue to help grow new talent


  2. Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Decent work hours, talented co-workers, great work location and relatively good employee benefits.

    Cons

    sometimes you will work long hours for events, but that comes as part of the job for working in the PR industry for every company.

    Advice to Management

    A bit more direction in terms of what's expected from the junior staff. A bit more face to face meetings rather than remote email instructions.


  3. Account Executive

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    great agency and great employees

    Cons

    feels a bit corporate sometimes


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  5. best agency

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    collaborative environment, creative thinkers, nice people, great, supportive culture

    Cons

    hard to move up. seems to be a pretty tight clique at the upper levels of management that is impenetrable.

    Advice to Management

    recognize accomplishment. provide raises more often. more opportunity to move up.


  6. senior analyst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather (Less than a year)

    Pros

    awesome company culture and atmosphere. really love it.

    Cons

    would be awesome if had more training


  7. Step Above the rest

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Group Account Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible, Employee oriented, Strong Ethics

    Cons

    Pay structure, Training, senior management motivation

    Advice to Management

    Pay structure


  8. Interning at Oglivy

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, great benefits. Surrounded by very talented people. Awesome place to get started in the advertising world. Creative, fun, exciting projects to work on.

    Cons

    There is a lot of competition in the ad world. You will need to always be up to date on your skills to produce top notch work for the company. Not really a con but more like you really need to have your stuff together.

    Advice to Management

    Higher ups needs to be more considerate of interns and the amount of work they put into the company. Just because we are interns it does not mean we aren't skilled enough to work with top talent already in the company.


  9. Not bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Planner in New York, NY

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment, competitive colleagues, international exposure, good mentors, diverse cultures, feel like working with the best the brightest of the industry

    Cons

    Location is inconvenient, salary is only ok, disappointing bonus, long working hours...anyway it's a good experience but not sure it's my career goal


  10. Great agency.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ogilvy & Mather is a great place to work. The people are smart and nice and the leadership is getting better compared to earlier years. It's a modern agency with full service capabilities that create big campaigns for big brands.

    Cons

    Ogilvy is a giant, and with it comes the issues of a big agency. Processes can be slow and complicated. Politics play a big role on all levels. People are very nice but culture is lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Better focus on top and young talent. Good people can get lost in the crowd leading them on to find new jobs. It's a shame to see bright colleagues leave because they didn't get the right opportunity.


  11. Sr copywriter

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior CopyWriter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior CopyWriter in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good people, nice office, good accounts

    Cons

    location, office politics, tied to accounts



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