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Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
338 Reviews

3.7
338 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good First Job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice culture, flexible, quality chasing, maticulous

    Cons

    No real room for individual ideas surpassing managers, reserved in their process, not open to too much change or improvements inter-department wise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider ideas and suggestions more often

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A killer agency throughout time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Online Advertisement  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Online Advertisement in New York, NY

    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
  3.  

    Great reputation and experience for resume

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    The legacy of David Ogilvy, a long-standing leader in the industry and global network. Interesting work - depending on the client needs.

    Cons

    Needs more consultative approach to balancing staff and client needs. Growth is stagnant with new business, limits ability to be promoted. Competitive to stay on top of trends to offer/sell into clients and then price it reasonably. Distant culture - no one takes time to know you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strengthen communications to the organization (avoids rumor mill), embrace diversity and take more risk to be more innovative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    A big agency which does great work for great clients.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Ideas and hard work are appreciated. A highly structured agency that has had to reinvent itself for modern media.

    Cons

    Hours can be long, pollitics and behind-the-back scheming are part of the culture, always a new face with a new idea coming through and making sweeping changes. A wonderful place while you're a favored child, and when you fall from favor you probably won't know why.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    O&M

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Director in New York, NY

    Pros

    The people, the people, the people. Super creative, smart, talented, fun people.
    The commitment to health with the in-house nurse, gym and massage therapist were a nice touch and convenience.
    Training opportunities--in the years they were offering them these were a huge bonus and learning opportunity.

    Cons

    Too much work, not enough people. It's a culture where long hours and exhausted people are considered de rigeur and almost a matter of pride. Maintaining this type of environment is draining to the employees and the morale.
    Also the location is awful. There is no getting around it no matter how much management tries to sugarcoat it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to win business by promising lower prices to clients that are unrealistic.
    Spend some time "in the trenches" so you can be more in touch with the majority of the organization.
    Promote work/life balance and mean it.
    And be honest--the whole move to the new building was handled with so much ridiculous spinning. Stop trying to spin the people who you pay to spin other people!
    Stop having Christmas parties if you can't hand out raises.
    Bring back training opportunities--these were extremely valuable and a unique bonus for Ogilvy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to learn!

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

    Pros

    Really fast paced environment with high expectations teaches you to perform to the best of your abilities under pressure. Excellent place to start a career, definitely teaches you valuable time management and performance skills that will help you at other jobs. great vacation policy

    Cons

    as with lots of the big agencies, in the lower tier positions pay is low and promotions are few and far between. raises are small if you see one, and it's easy to get lost in the crowd

  8.  

    Media Biller

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    Former Employee - Media Biller  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Media Biller in New York, NY

    Pros

    gym
    cafeteria
    easy work but too easy

    Cons

    the people
    the work
    lack of growth
    turnovers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your workers with respect and give promotions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Copy

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    Current Employee - Copywriter  in  Bārdaw (Tunisia)
    Current Employee - Copywriter in Bārdaw (Tunisia)

    Pros

    It is a good network for creatives

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy when communicating between services

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance should be improved

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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

    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. 1 person found this helpful  

    The venerable brand is strong, if lumbering.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Management Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Management Director in New York, NY

    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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