Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
365 Reviews
3.7
365 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 11 reviews)

  • Amazing and diverse clients, great work environment, incredibly smart people (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Impossible to have a work life balance due to work pressure and insane expectations from employees (in 25 reviews)

  • Giving your best might mean work long and long hours in the office (in 23 reviews)

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  1.  

    Intelligent People; Lack of Focus or Clear Value Proposition

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ogilvy definitely has strong brand recognition for your resume, and apart from a few exceptions, you will work with some of the smartest minds in the industry.

    Cons

    Lots of chasing your own tail as a team, and the agency is full of egos and big personalities to manage. The organization has become impossible to navigate-- a result of people in the agency trying to 'do their own thing' to half-baked success, and the agency being a yes-man to every single client, undermining a distinct competitive advantage or value proposition amongst different internal teams.

    Additionally, anyone there will tell you, high performers get punished-- more aptitude equals more work without proper compensation. The only way to get a raise is to have a counter offer or leave and come back. Really.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage a clear organizational structure, and offer a fair compensation plan based on performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work at

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Smart folks, good growth, very little politics and things just get done!

    Cons

    bad if you are not a creative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on the suits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It all depends.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Extremely dynamic workplace, definitely a great place to work with given the multiculturalism in the organisation. David Ogilvy left a culture so strong that it can be felt till date.

    Cons

    Culture defers from team to team. As expected in most agencies, working hours are highly flexible. A lot of the time actual hours are spent on meetings that can be unproductive instead of doing actual productive work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR personnel and treatment can be improved.

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  5.  

    Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Pros

    A world renowned established advertising firm that you would want to have on your resume. Great benefits. Great employee social and sport activities.

    Cons

    Depends on the client you are assigned to but this job could be a thankless job where you could end up working for over 60 hours a week including weekends but all that does not matter unless you know how to schmooze and play the game or they will get rid of you somehow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training, training, training.... across the board and listen more to older established employees versus new fresh employees straight from college with no advertising experience.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    Pros

    Best 4A brand and good culture

    Cons

    Chalenge from Digital and Social

  7.  

    Excellent company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Pros

    There is a positive work environment. The people working here are happy and friendly. The company has lots of important and interesting clients. There is room for improving the company and making an impact.

    Cons

    Compensation is lacking. People must work long hours without over time pay or bonuses. There is little continuity between offices.

  8.  

    Great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather

    Pros

    Very nice peoples around and hospitality. Well structured company, everything in order.

    Cons

    Might need to work late quite often, because lack of man power (but all for the great work)

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work at and LEARN!

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    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Pros

    This place is a great place to learn the tricks of the trade. The creative department is a great place to be.

    Cons

    Work-life balance, like in any ad agency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just see that your team is not burnt out to death

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company, bad pay

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing and diverse clients, great work environment, incredibly smart people

    Cons

    Bad pay, some entitlement and rudeness coming from people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Lots of work, no work-life balance

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Executive in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Executive in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    work with big brands, big companies

    Cons

    no one respects your work there, only the big tycoons are repsected

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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