Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)

    Intelligent People; Lack of Focus or Clear Value Proposition

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  2. Helpful (3)

    Great company, bad pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Bad pay, some entitlement and rudeness coming from people

  3. 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.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work at and LEARN!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Just see that your team is not burnt out to death

  6. Helpful (2)

    Project Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great Corporate Culture

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

    Excellent work life balance, creative environment. The corporate culture really does foster creativity and the hours are great.

    Cons

    lack of transparency among senior management

  8. Great Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture is awesome in the Chicago office. Its almost like everyone is your friend. Cant say much about the other offices.

    Cons

    The work could be more exciting.

  9. Good place to start

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    Pros

    Smart people, great office, name recognition

    Cons

    Bad compensation, slow bureaucracy, no real creative development program

  10. Helpful (1)

    Good but can improve

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    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.

  11. Helpful (2)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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