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OgilvyAction Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
41 Reviews

3.3
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  1.  

    Great opportunities for Interning in a large sized company. Every department invests time to ensure growth.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Senior management is good to work with.

    Cons

    Can be sometimes difficult to get immediate performance recognition.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Lots of talk but not enough action.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    Pros

    The people are great and the overall Ogilvy culture is wonderful and inclusive.

    Cons

    Once your in, you're stuck constantly fighting to move up in title and salary. lots of promises but no action. smoke and mirrors are used to delay compensation and title requests. Evaluations but no payoff. Get a good offer going in because you will prob be stuck there for a long time!

    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Three bosses in 6months is not fun

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    Former Employee - Junior Strategic Planner  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Junior Strategic Planner in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Ogilvy has a history of some great creatives, as well as being one of the few ad agencies to have actively embraced the strategic planner role.

    Cons

    I was hired as a Jr Strategic Planner with the idea of bringing ethnography & closer ties to the package design department over to OgilvyAction. However, my Sr Planner wasn't hired for the first 6mo. I had one boss walk out, another wind up realizing they'd been 'fired' while they stood in front of the client presenting the 'new' org chart, the last one got split off to a different direction, reassigned as it were. Not cool.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try to sever the ties your employees make just because they don't officially work with 'those people.' I got emails for a year from folks who had no idea I'd been laid off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    You go into liquor stores and have tasting events with barefoot wines

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Easy job. decent pay and most liquor store managers are nice to you.

    Cons

    Company is completely unorganized. Did not receive all the supplies needed. Never received a barefoot t-shirt even after working for the company for 5 months.

  6.  

    Okay but churn and burn atmosphere with high turnover

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    Current Employee - Business Consultant  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in Philadelphia, PA

    Pros

    Manager is hands off. Can barely even get in touch with him.

    Cons

    Low pay, no raises, no communication with management, job constantly being threatened.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise the pay, lower turnover, and hire better quality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Poor experience overall.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Some smart people. Many perks. Great compensation.

    Cons

    Very turbulent environment. Poor client engagement management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Current Employee - Area Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Area Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

    Stepping stone on a resume

    Cons

    .high work load with no assistance

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Work until you drop and get lost in the crowd. This job is not for everyone.

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    Former Employee - Contract Employee (Account)
    Former Employee - Contract Employee (Account)

    Pros

    - Great name recognition for resume
    - Well known clients
    - Award winning campaigns and programs
    - Free breakfast on Mondays and free Starbucks style coffee bar until noon everyday
    - Nice people in my immediate group. Everyone was extremely professional (no gossip and negative talk about other employees), though I can't speak for other divisions on Ogilvy
    - Open communication with management (ready to hear the negatives and positives)
    - Opportunity for advancement - most of my managers started out as AAE's
    - As with most agencies, having a beer or glass of wine at work is okay (assuming you do so responsibly)

    Cons

    - Cramped work space (though some consider this a good thing for open communication and collaboration - so this could be a good and bad thing depending how you spin it)
    - Very poor salary (not adjusted for city living and expenses) and no benefits for freelance employees (usually lasts for about a 1-2 years)
    - Most, if not all, employees eat lunch at their desk everyday (mid-day breaks are rare)
    - Monotonous and sometimes tedious work (i.e. long hours of data entry) - especially for those lower on the totem pole (though some would call it earning your stripes - once again, depends on your working stamina and if you aspire to be promoted)
    - No defined responsibilities for individual positions which resulted in overlap of work and wasted time on projects (though management is attempting to improve the process). This also makes it difficult to qualify an employee for a promotion because all levels are doing the same thing just scrambling to get the work done on time.
    - In such a large agency, it's difficult to find your place and your significants among the chaos
    - Too many clients, not enough employees to handle the work load.

    - No work like balance - period. Watching senior employees stay until midnight every night for months on end not only makes you feel guilty if you get to leave semi-early but seeing them drained, exhausted, and over worked discourages any desire to be promoted. 9/10 employees did not have kids and rarely saw their significant others. (I have to say I admired them for their undeniable work ethic).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's a lot you can't change about the culture and demands of the advertising industry, especially at a large agency. It is the way it is and it's only for a certain type of personality. However, I would say the biggest issue I had was that management assumed that some new employees knew just as much as the employees that have been with Ogilvy awhile). A good on-boarding/training program would have greatly improved my experience. So many mistakes could have been prevented with a "frequently asked questions booklet" or a standard procedures manual.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I personally found the work interesting, but the culture was a challenge. Smaller fit me better.

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    Former Employee - Account Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Smart leaders, unlimited access to information and resources, brand name that people respect

    Cons

    Too closely tied to the mother ship (Ogilvy&Mather) to be effective, break-thru

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff smarter and you will win more business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Your global family for activation expertise

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

    Pros

    From a global perspective, Ogilvyaction is a collection of very talented individuals focussed on business results over the 'fluffy' brand metrics of it's big brother. Though times are changing and with CMO's now taking a seat at the board, the business of marketing will become key to companies. This may mean Ogilvy beating Action at it's own game over the coming years.

    Cons

    Action has grown through acquisition meaning an inconsistent level of talent around the world. This is most evident in North America. Bloated titles, huge egos and a genuine talent vacuum at the senior end of the leadership team. Any success in this market has been purely serendipitous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to global management: Cut the the fat from the top and promote the rising stars of middle management. Leverage Miles to make Action important within Ogilvy. Sort North America out. Recruit internally from other disciplines - One & Mather.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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