OgilvyOne Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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  1. tired

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good team, good client, great opportunities

    Cons

    low income, long working hours

    Advice to Management

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


  2. Helpful (1)

    Not the glorious place it once was

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Creative/Interaction Design in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Creative/Interaction Design in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  3. Bureaucracy is the name of the gamw

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Management Supervisor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Less layers.


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  5. Typical big agency waterfall work process

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    Former Employee - Information Architect in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Information Architect in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at OgilvyOne full-time (Less than a 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


  6. Great learning experience.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at OgilvyOne full-time (More than a 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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Ogilvy Consulting can be a good place to work.... can be....

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at OgilvyOne full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Dynamic. Forefront. New challenges. Fast-paced. Lots of responsibility. Learn a lot. You will grow a lot if you can push yourself and problem solve.

    Cons

    Someone next to me was let go with literally no notice of poor performance. Not once did they take him aside and say, "Your PPT's have no storyline." Or something to let him know he needs to improve, and how he should improve. You need to develop yourself, be good right out of the gate, and not rely on anyone else to grow. They do not offer professional development support. You are either good at what you do or they fire you. They don't take the time to help you grow. Positions are very silo'd compared to regular consulting firms. Don't expect support or advice from the Analytics team in another city/country. And don't expect to be working closely with anyone on another account. Not only is each office on its own, but each person in each office works alone. So you'd better be able to handle your account's issues because there's nobody who'll come in to save your ass.

    Advice to Management

    Ditch the silos. You have so little knowledge sharing between colleagues. It hurts people's development and makes a handful of people too important. If you lose the one person who can do brand mapping, the entire office can no longer offer that product. By reducing the silos you open people's careers and reduce the risk of losing product offerings. Plus, you don't have 2 people in an office you can't lose and 20 who have no idea what they're doing.


  8. Lots of change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    When things were going well, it was a great group of people and fun, with a good range of interesting work and a supportive manager. Huge well-known company.

    Cons

    Old & traditional; synonymous with 50s Mad Men/print & broadcast rather than digital (at least it was then; maybe they are working on this).

    Advice to Management

    Get more new business for SF office; also concentrate on high-visibility digital work to keep up


  9. Highly respect the quality of the work - as long as you have the right account people.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OgilvyOne full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have worked with some of the most talented creatives I have ever worked with. By creatives, I mean UX designers, Digital visual designers, and Copywriters.

    Cons

    There are numerous Account people who know nothing about the digital space, meaning your job is 5 million times harder. However, I think Ogilvy is trying to fix that.

    Advice to Management

    Most of the upper management are incredibly intelligent individuals, but they should interact with the subordinates more. It's a company that is so huge that the upper management starts to get pretty disconnected from the day-to-day and the people who are working their asses off for them.


  10. It used to be better.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at OgilvyOne full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Terrific, smart people. Some pretty good accounts.

    Cons

    Few bonuses or salary increases.


  11. Are they still in business?

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great breeding ground for those who've gone on to be MD and VPs of larger companies... RedWorks is great - based on tested and positive track record of NYC Production Studio. NY Staff awesome.

    Cons

    But SF has lots of backstabbing, gossip, short sight - lack of vision.

    Advice to Management

    HR too involved in day to day. HR is not management.



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