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Ogilvy & Mather Reviews in New York, NY

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.6 108 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

Ogilvy & Mather Global CEO Miles Young

Miles Young

(62 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work / Life balance is pretty good and you get the X'mas / New Year week off(in 10 reviews)

  • Great people who really work hard to try and make the company successful(in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Impossible to have a work life balance due to work pressure and insane expectations from employees(in 23 reviews)

  • Giving your best might mean work long and long hours in the office(in 21 reviews)

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    A fun place to work but you'll have to leave to advance your career

    Senior Client Finance Associate (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat people, interesting work, nice office

    ConsBad systems in place, low pay compared to what they bill, raises are rare

    Advice to Senior ManagementAnnual raises

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The venerable brand is strong, if lumbering.

    Project Management Director (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsSmart, nice people
    Lots of capabilities
    Strong culture
    Lots of resources and facilities

    ConsA plodding behemoth
    Generally a few years behind the curve, especially in digital
    The organizational winners tend to have some higher level patron looking out for them
    Account group is all over the map -- some folks are strong and good, others are shockingly incapable of completing the must simple of daily tasks
    Much of the work is riding on inertia, not quality

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop places for your employees to act entrepreneurially and them let them...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great place to learn!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsReally fast paced environment with high expectations teaches you to perform to the best of your abilities under pressure. Excellent place to start a career, definitely teaches you valuable time management and performance skills that will help you at other jobs. great vacation policy

    Consas with lots of the big agencies, in the lower tier positions pay is low and promotions are few and far between. raises are small if you see one, and it's easy to get lost in the crowd

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    A great place to start your career.

    Art Director (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsA great place to work on 360 ideas. A place to grow from a junior position. A lot of brands to work on.

    ConsNo mentorship, no raises, no compensation for positive performance reviews, and conservative clients.

    Advice to Senior Managementit promotes loyalty when you give your employees raises/bonuses at the end of the year. There is a high turn over rate for lower level creatives because of this issue.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very very good.

    Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsEveryone is really intelligent and nice. The hours are extremely laid-back and flexible. And the work is interesting and rewarding. let alone the company is doing very well.

    ConsThe pay is very mediocre here although most advertising agencies have similar salaries. However, if you stay and work hard you will move your way up and eventually make as much money as you are looking for.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey really need to connect with all of their employees more.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Media Biller

    Media Biller (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Prosgym
    cafeteria
    easy work but too easy

    Consthe people
    the work
    lack of growth
    turnovers

    Advice to Senior Managementtreat your workers with respect and give promotions

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to get your feet wet

    Interactive Project Manager (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood process direction. Production teams crave process.

    ConsCreatives are closed-off to hearing opinions from anyone other than their ECDs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEven a mailroom attendant can have a good idea. Promote cross-pollination of ideas among teams and break down the barriers between production and creative.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I would be happy to continue working for Ogilvy for many years to come.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat atmosphere and benefits like gym, live music concerts, cafeteria. Diverse and welcoming staff.

    Consway out on the West side, extra commute time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, but all the perils of a big agency.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe people here are really great - the kind you'd stay in touch with personally and professionally for many years. It makes the worst days tolerable and the best days memorable. The company name also obviously comes with a great reputation in the industry that's great to carry with you for the rest of your career.

    ConsBig agencies lose sight of the little people. It's hard to get noticed in a culture of sometimes just getting things done and out the door to make the clients happy to make money for the company - leads to work that can be hard to put behind a justification for a raise or promotion. Big agencies also move like snails so the culture and the thinking here can sometimes be dated and slower to catch up to the rest of the industry. If your background is primarily digital, you might find it hard to adjust.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a closer tie between HR and upper management when it comes to reviews, raises, employee anniversaries, internal job openings, etc. This is important in ensuring continued employee growth. Mass HR employees to arbitrarily fill out a self-evaluation and goals template without any direct manager follow up and/or discussion isn't helpful.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Great Place to Work

    VBA Developer (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsAll new renovation and installation

    ConsOff the beaten path on 11th Avenue.

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