Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
348 Reviews
3.7
348 Reviews
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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 22 reviews)

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    Janitor

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    Former Employee - Janitor  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Janitor in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Place. Great People. Good Environment. Learning Base for Beginner

    Cons

    Over Time.Long Hour. Parking Problems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    way out on the West side, extra commute time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Creativity, Culture, Clients & Colleagues

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    Former Employee - Digital Media Consultant  in  Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Digital Media Consultant in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked as Digital Media Consultant at Ogilvy & Mather Amsterdam for 14 months and had the honor to meet Miles Young in person during the Philips pitch. I was impressed with the creativity, culture, clients & colleagues locally and internationally at Ogilvy.

    Cons

    No cons during my time at Ogilvy & Mather Amsterdam

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to Work

    Current Employee - VBA Developer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - VBA Developer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    All new renovation and installation

    Cons

    Off the beaten path on 11th Avenue.

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    Years of inspiration from working with the best in the business

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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 5 years

    Pros

    Collaborating with smart, exciting people on a daily basis who have a real passion for what they do. They honestly want to find new ways to reinforce the brands they work on.

    Cons

    Taking down walls and eliminating personal space to think and to surround yourself with inspiring images, not to mention some peace and quiet was a big mistake.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the Ogilvy brand. Don't follow.....continue to lead.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A great Network to work

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    Current Employee - Planning Director  in  San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - Planning Director in San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)

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

    Pros

    The Ogilvy network is great, we have special talent all around the world and most of them are totally nice and open.

    Cons

    The company is so big that it has some trouble when it comes to move quickly, specially now in the digital era.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Pros

    Amazing people- smart, sharp, hip, hard workers
    Great mentorship
    Ogilvy works on so many different types of projects, you have the chance to try many different things

    Cons

    Political
    Competitive
    Associates tend to leave bc they feel like interns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication within the company needs to be better. Even though I had a great experience there was an air of disorganization and disjointedness

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Smart. Hard working.

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Smart people. Great client roster. Results oriented.

    Cons

    Too much bureacracy. Too many finance people not contributing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your clients and people more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Developed a strong intellectual foundation for marketing communications across all channels

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    Former Employee - Senior Digital Strategist  in  Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Senior Digital Strategist in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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

    Pros

    Constantly iterating and driving to be the "agency of the future" through investments in social media, analytics
    Opportunities for mentorship - but you often have to find these
    Big brands to learn from
    Global
    Regional, non-US offices have much better cultures and supportive leadership
    Smart colleagues, for the most part
    The Ogilvy brand carries gravitas particularly out of the US

    Cons

    HQ can be extremely political, hierarchical and cliquey.
    Looooooooong hours and high expectations of work
    Let's face it - Ogilvy is a giant, and it takes an organization of that size very difficult to "turn" - people are entrenched in legacy and it takes a special kind of person to fight this tendency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your junior staff. Make them feel appreciated.
    Transparency.
    Walk your talk.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    An invaluable experience at an agency with unrivaled office culture. I loved my time at Ogilvy & Mather in Chicago!

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    Former Employee - Account Management Intern  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Management Intern in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Gave interns a voice
    High level of responsibility
    Great employees
    Awesome perks - coffee bar, food in the office, free ice cream, sports teams and employee massages

    Cons

    Job security seems questionable
    Work long hours when necessary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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