Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated August 31, 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. good chance to start

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ACD in New York, NY
    Current Employee - ACD in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    idea driven, Good cutrul, learning.

    Cons

    OT is too much, out of control

    Advice to Management

    be management.


  2. Work with the best talent

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Brand Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Global Brand Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Ogilvy is the most networked of all networks, so if you're looking to work for a truly global company, Ogilvy is a top choice -Ogilvy's philosophy is Twin Peaks. All content must deliver creatively and effectively. If you are a believer of this approach, then this is a great place to work in -Ogilvy's work culture is one of the best - divine discontent, informal, diversity

    Cons

    -You have to manage your own career planning, whether it is scaling up in a country, region or globally. The HR function does not focus on career planning, unfortunately.

    Advice to Management

    Ogilvy has great talent which it constantly loses to other companies. People like working at Ogilvy, in general. To continue to retain good talent, it is important to focus on career planning for talent. This needs to be a top agenda for Ogilvy.


  3. Great place

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    Current Intern - Junior Art Director in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Junior Art Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people. Amazing office with anything you can imagine. Clients are great too! The budgets are big so you don't have to worry too much about bring creative.

    Cons

    slow process. The work takes forever to get out there and sometimes people can't handle it properly. The location is horrible to get to.

    Advice to Management

    Make things easier so the work can get out there on time and make a difference. There's no need to wait 6 months to have a campaign made.


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  5. Senior Graphic Designer

    Former Freelancer - Senior Designer in New York, NY
    Former Freelancer - Senior Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great people. Personally conveniently located office building (I reside in Hell's Kitchen).

    Cons

    New Biz could be a bit disorganized, this is nothing new to any agency though.


  6. Overall pretty good experience

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    Former Employee - Digital Strategist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Strategist in New York, NY
    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


  7. Consultant

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    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.


  8. Work Harder, no reward

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

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people, big clients.

    Cons

    Work hard, no reward. Easy to get missed in the big machine.


  9. Ogilvy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people, the atmosphere, interesting work

    Cons

    salary, not much room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  10. Just like a large Family

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    Current Employee - Undercover in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Undercover in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large network of competent and caring people

    Cons

    Like a family, dysfunctional in some sensitive areas

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within!!


  11. Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I can recall very few pros to my experience. I would say if you can find a person willing to mentor or advocate for you there it could be an amazing place of growth. In my experience, very few people take the time to even train you to do the bare minimum your job requires. It's very devil wears prada culture wise. But it is a great place to learn the advertising industry

    Cons

    Lack of culture - it felt more corporate than ad agency. definitely a competitive vibe among peers. Work life balance is non existent if you are a junior level employee.



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