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Ogilvy & Mather Reviews in New York, NY

Updated February 18, 2015
Updated February 18, 2015
134 Reviews
3.3
134 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work / Life balance is pretty good and you get the X'mas / New Year week off (in 11 reviews)

  • Amazing and diverse clients, great work environment, incredibly smart people (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Impossible to have a work life balance due to work pressure and insane expectations from employees (in 26 reviews)

  • Giving your best might mean work long and long hours in the office (in 24 reviews)

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  1.  

    Brains bigger than creative chops

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    Current Employee - Planner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Planner in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Smart and kind people, solid accounts, options for movement across departments
    - Big believer in true strategy

    Cons

    - Difficulty in moving up, too much red tape, the program for expense reports is archaic and frustrating
    - Often times goes with safe creative work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sorry to say, but you're driving away young talent. Look to foster it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    International brands, big budget accounts and production. Civil working environment, people are decent.

    Cons

    Mostly Business to Business accounts. A fair amount of layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the civility, go after consumer accounts. Keep creative management more consistent, too many changes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's not the smart Ogilvy you knew and loved.

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    Current Employee - Group Creative Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Group Creative Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    CCO Chris G. really wants to make the work better, and is slowly elevating the creative.

    Cons

    Dysfunction. Empty suits. Empty promises. No support. Faux empathy. Never any action taken to help its people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up, and take responsibility for your staff. Recognize the extreme morale problem and stop burying your heads in the sand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    #youdontmatter

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Planner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Planner in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Brand name on resume. Big accounts to name drop before they drop the agency.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic dinosaur. No consistency. Management lies about looking after staff, "their most important asset". Occasional free snacks and beer isn't the same as a real pay rise and acknowledged contribution to the smooth running of the business. Money spent on chauffeurs and first class plane tickets for senior mgt more important than providing the talent with a fair wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency. Who got pay raises and bonuses? Why? Put your money where your mouth is. Staff feedback requested so #wethinkwematter but results are never announced. Stop blaming WPP & the economy. You want the money yourselves rather than keeping a loyal, hardworking, skilled workforce. How hard is it to give a little % of your $ to the little people? What advice would you give clients about moving with the times and corporate reputation??? Show not tell. Exactly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent training, David Ogilvy's vision still in the hallways of all offices, inspiring to deivering 360 Degree Brand

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Training, sink or swim mentality, brand name, culture, global work and brilliant creatives.

    Cons

    Too big. Better getting a more hands on experience in a smaller office than the Giant Chocolate Factory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people that are curious, creative and that think different! Don't put them in boxes but allow freedom to create big ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Experience but could be improved on some fronts

    Former Intern - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Extremely talented colleagues, lots of freedom to learn new skills on the job, ability to seek mentorship if you see it out

    Cons

    Can be pretty bureaucratic at times, not as collaborative in some departments, however, if you work in a great team, you can benefit a lot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job at employee retention and training,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Would Rather Not Say in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Would Rather Not Say in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, lots of opportunities and great accounts to get experience on. Great place to grow your career.

    Cons

    Location is the worst - there is not much on 11th Avenue but that area is building up with places like Gotham West market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, great place, great perks... not great creative work.

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    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    It is a global company and one of the biggest names out there. You enjoy tons of perks of a huge company in the advertising industry so it is a very comfortable place to work. Every day is fast paced and keeps you busy.

    Cons

    At the end of the day I am not being pushed to do the most creative work that I can. Everyone in the creative department is more or less coasting on huge clients being happy doing what they've always done. There is no urgency to try new things and be competitive in an increasingly digital creative economy. The bureaucracy of the large company makes it difficult to push creative ideas through, and there is a feeling of widespread consensus amongst most creatives that nobody is truly happy with the work they are producing (unless old school banners and emails are your thing).

    There is also no room for professional growth. It is a known fact in the company that you will not receive a raise or promotion unless you get a competing offer or actually move companies. There is no reward system in place for hard working individuals, instead that hardest working individuals get taken advantage of with uncompensated late nights and working weekends. There needs to be some kind of professional track in place for young motivated creatives to see a path for their future towards management or higher professional creative roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To use your own line... "start in like a start up." There needs to be more space for collaboration and less rigid structures of the traditional two person "copywriter & art director" team. Allow people to grab individuals for different projects based on those individuals' strengths and talents. the creative management team does not understand this and there is a serious lack of communication between those creative managers and the creatives being placed on projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Intern

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    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Friendly working environment and lots of opportunities to branch out.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities for interns.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great culture, smart people. Insane hours.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    There's a bravado that comes with working at Ogilvy. We've got big global clients, smart people, and top-notch facilities. Ogilvy does a lot to foster the culture of the agency too with frequent events, free booze, live bands, and even celebrity guest speakers.

    Cons

    You realize quickly that there are so many amenities because they never want you to leave. As in, like, leave to go home. 12-hour days are normal. Good luck making any evening plans during the week, unless those plans involve co-workers and Landmark across the street, so you can come back to the office after those beers and keep working. But if you're on a good account, maybe you won't mind.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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