OgilvyOne

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OgilvyOne Reviews

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
74 Reviews
3.3
74 Reviews
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OgilvyOne Chairman and CEO Brian Fetherstonhaugh
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The content strategy practice managers urge work-life balance (even if they don't do it themselves) (in 4 reviews)

  • Some very smart people work at Ogilvy (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • No regard for work-life balance, ridiculous workload at times (in 5 reviews)

  • long working hours and a bit crowded (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good shop to hone your direct response skills and be exposed to the inner-workings of a legendary agency.

    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at OgilvyOne full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Smart people, strong strategy department, strive to do great work.

    Cons

    Can be somewhat overly political

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Remote work opps but no support

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Content Strategist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Content Strategist in New York, NY

    I have been working at OgilvyOne as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The content strategy practice managers urge work-life balance (even if they don't do it themselves). They were very gracious when family health challenges came up and I needed to, first, work remotely, then, reduce my hours. Even as a contractor, my "position" was held while I tended to my family. Surprised and impressed with their level of concern and empathy. Good-hearted people when it comes to family.

    Cons

    The content strategy practice managers don't support you. You are left hanging in the breeze -- from lousy briefs to incoherent digital strategies. Where other departments are falling down, you're expected to roll with it -- or pick up the slack and do your colleague's work. Exceptionally frustrating.
    No upward mobility. The practice is flat.
    Other departments don't understand what we do or our contribution. Although one of the managers has a seat at the table with senior execs, I'm not sure what exactly he's doing to "spread the gospel."

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to learn and grow. Great name to have on your resume.

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

    I worked at OgilvyOne full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people in the biz.
    Very professional.
    Well-respected brand.
    Access to a world wide network of colleagues and clients

    Cons

    Very big. Very 'corporate' (also a "pro," as in, "very professional")
    Disparity between work load aka poor resource allocation -- some peers have immense amount of work while others go home early.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more involved in day-to-day client management/business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great benefits, Smart people

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

    I worked at OgilvyOne full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Surrounded by the best brains all around. Wonderful benefits (pension plan, fully decked out gym, full bright horizons benefits, free access to museum) especially for working families (moms and dads), great bring your son and daughter to work days, awesome cafeteria. Flexible working schedule. friendly collegiate environment. Very driven to win. Company very focused on strategy and learn so much from them.

    Cons

    Rules are unwritten and you get around by building influence of power with the people who matter - and the people who matter aren't always the people with the biggest titles. 60% of the game is how well you present, look, and talk. You can be a real airhead and have no substance (like their head of mobile) but because you are handsome and young, you have the CEO eating out of your hands. Also boys network is alive well and present. And even acknowledged. If you are a woman you will certainly struggle to be heard or seen, esp if you tend to look young. they definitely work you to the bones. Raises comes once every two years so when you negotiate, account for that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Poor financial management - Ogilvy as a company can be making plenty of profit but because Finance has no sense of how to run a tight ship, plenty gets expensed and uncharged to clients. And then they turn around and tell us they are not profitable enough to give you a raise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    tired

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OgilvyOne

    Pros

    good team, good client, great opportunities

    Cons

    low income, long working hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    well, you guys explicitly said you don't care about entry levels.

  7.  

    good exposure

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Copywriter in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Copywriter in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at OgilvyOne as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    great work culture
    opportunity to grow

    Cons

    working hours
    stressful work environment

  8.  

    Not the glorious place it once was

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Creative/Interaction Design in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Creative/Interaction Design in New York, NY

    I worked at OgilvyOne full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Not many pros any longer.

    Cons

    Bad location, incompetent management, lots of churn, losing clients, laying off people, subletting out floors of a building once overcrowded. Not much left in the way of creative juices. No pay raises. No job security. This once was a GREAT and EXCITING place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit before WPP decides to close the NY flagship office completely and let people who know what a CREATIVE agency needs to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Bureaucracy is the name of the gamw

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

    I worked at OgilvyOne full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Goos benefits and great structure. You can learn a lot if you connect to the right people.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is heavy at Ogilvy. Performing well is not enough, you must know who to connect with to move up. HR is useless and they are open to say the easiest way to be promoted or get a raise is to leave and then come back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less layers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Typical big agency waterfall work process

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Architect in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Information Architect in New York, NY

    I worked at OgilvyOne full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Name recognition, experience working at a large NYC agency, lots of young talent

    Cons

    Not innovative, large bureaucracy with no momentum to innovate, high employee turnover

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great learning experience.

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

    I have been working at OgilvyOne full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Really is an agency education. Politics are there but overall most people are nice and laid back/down to earth.

    Cons

    Turn over and lay offs make it risky.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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