Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated July 1, 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 Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Studio Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Studio Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    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

    Good culture, lots of opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Raises are few and far between.


  2. 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


  3. Agency

    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    bright people, big budgets, global work

    Cons

    long hours, tight deadlines, drink a lot


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  5. Helpful (1)

    the good and the bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant, Marketing Analytics in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant, Marketing Analytics in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The good:
    * good work /life balance depending on your manager and client. fortunately my team was profitable and appropriately staffed. props to our department head
    * better than NY!

    Cons

    * work was boring.
    * inconsistencies across office. some teams marginalized.
    * layoffs from poor staffing planning


  6. 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.


  7. Working at Ogilvy

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    Pros

    Culture, creative, building amenities, gym, accounts

    Cons

    Salary, lack of structure, promotion schedule


  8. Sr copywriter

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    • 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


  9. inspiring and vibrant team to work with

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather

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

    Pros

    inspiring and vibrant team to work with

    Cons

    low compensation rate for internship


  10. senior designer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Stellar reputation within industry, excellent working environment

    Cons

    Long, long hours. Extremely tight deadlines. Too many cooks (i.e. managers) in the kitchen.

    Advice to Management

    Staff up enough so that you don't continue to burn out employees.


  11. Ok place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather part-time

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, decent pay for the work required

    Cons

    none that i can think of



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