Ogilvy & Mather Reviews in New York, NY

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
350 Reviews
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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 22 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good but can improve

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    Current Employee - Associate Media Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Media Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Ogilvy has an amazing culture with a strong basis in openness and acceptance. Plenty of great and intelligent people.

    Cons

    Compensation is below average relative to some of the other major agencies. As is common in this industry, issues with promotions even when a business case exists.

    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent and fun if you can get around talking heads

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    There's always some kind of event going on, and everyone hates the company so they has no problem using any excuse to drink on the job.

    Cons

    Lack of planning from management / account managers leads to a lot of saying yes on their part - when changes should of stopped a long time ago and leading to late nights (im talking 2am / 3am style late nights) from everyone else

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize employees contribution better - i never received a raise while at the company after my first year however I was considered the best in my department BY my department, and by other departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great brands, great exposure, non-existent career advancement.

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

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, Great brands – you'll work on some of the biggest brands in the world. Great exposure to the grand agency idea. Lots of killer work for your book.

    Cons

    Get what you want coming in. Don't expect a bonus unless your leadership level. You will get burnt out. They really chew you up here. Sometimes design is at best a tertiary thought.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize your people, don't let the only raises be based on job offers from other companies. Leadership needs to remember the people in the trenches — which they don't.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fast Paced

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    Current Employee - Summer Intern  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The Ogilvy community goes out of its way to help and teach. There is a sense of camaraderie amongst the teams and it's very rewarding when you do a good job. It's such an iconic brand that even working 3-6 months opens so many doors for you.

    Cons

    Even though they try their hardest to reach out to the interns, it's difficult because they still have a job so get ready for a lot of rain checks. It's a deceptively chill environment. You always have to be conscious of what you say because upper management could be in the elevator with you while you're talking about your Friday night.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It has been a nice ride but not a place that values or takes care of their people unless they're in the C-Suite.

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    Current Employee - Director - Senior Partner  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director - Senior Partner in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are some really smart people. Open environment leads to collaboration and it is fun (most of the time).

    Cons

    There is no regular raise or bonus process. People get raises every 2-3 years. Bonuses (if given) are completely arbitrary unless in the C-Suite. I've been with large companies and firms and I have never seen more "clicks" in my life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If upper management cared they would have done things a long time ago. Picking one day a year to tell people "they matter" when nothing anyone does shows this is laughable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    look to the future

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    Current Employee - Senior Management  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Management in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    great brand, culture and people

    Cons

    too much weight on heritage; struggling to be innovative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop talking and listen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A killer agency throughout time

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    Current Employee - Online Advertisement  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Online Advertisement in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The agency life can be jarring, difficult, and time consuming, the people at ogilvy make it look and feel easy. The accounts are always top notch, and well executed, and they should be, sometimes there are more than 50 people working on a single account. but from the Creatives to the Kitchen staff and security guards, everyone takes pride and seriousness in their work.

    Cons

    The scale of a company that large will make some people feel like a small a cog in a huge machine, and for all intents and purposes you are. this is a machine that was built a long time ago and relies on creative blood sweat and tears to stay alive. This can be feel daunting and discouraging to many.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I spent a very short time at the agency on a freelance position and a small account, but my time at the agency showed me that a company like Ogilvy was exactly where I wanted to be. I loved the people, the enviornment, and the fast paced excitement and thrill of making deadlines.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good for your resume, bad for your growth and confidence

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    Former Employee - Producer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great client names, super creative/ nice/ smart coworkers, good for your resume, incredible learning opportunities = you end up stretching well above your job title, invitations to industry events, opens up a LOT of doors very quickly, make friends in your field

    Cons

    Extremely top-heavy management, no clear direction on department or career goals, no reviews/ raises even when you've already proven yourself capable of handling larger projects, little opportunity to grow beyond the job title you start in, HR is worse than useless = they're detrimental, little training provided, you're at the mercy of your direct manager and they may not be out to help you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Senior Client Finance Associate  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Client Finance Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, interesting work, nice office

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Annual raises

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    The venerable brand is strong, if lumbering.

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    Former Employee - Project Management Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Management Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    A 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 ManagementAdvice

    Develop places for your employees to act entrepreneurially and them let them...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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