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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. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at OgilvyOne full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Lots of change

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It used to be better.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Terrific, smart people. Some pretty good accounts.

    Cons

    Few bonuses or salary increases.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Are they still in business?

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OgilvyOne

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

  7.  

    Fun Environment But Experience is Lacking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at OgilvyOne as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The office environment is fun. They offer a lot of small perks that make coming into work enjoyable. People seem to like being there. There is an active involvement in community/charity efforts.

    Cons

    There is a definite lack of experience on the digital side. Account/client facing people have no idea what they are talking about when it comes to digital projects, and this sets the team up for failure. A common quote in meetings is "digital isn't my thing" (even though they use the web daily). Even in creative, there is just a basic lack of understanding about the website design & development process which can result in designs that aren't really usable or buildable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest some time & money in training existing personnel on "Web 101"
    Realize that just b/c someone may be a kick-butt print designer, that doesn't mean they can design for digital/interactive. Bring in experienced people that specialize in different mediums (interactive, print, etc...)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Huge design agency, not great for creative individuals who like to produce great work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    - Ogilvy name recognition
    - Client roster

    Cons

    - Lack of execution of creative ideas
    - Account/Project Management/Corporate silos and hierarchy make it difficult to produce great work
    - Losing talented designers and interesting accounts due to poor project and dept. management
    - Very long hours, lack of work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Put creativity back at the top, top talent leaves because they are overworked
    - Better integration between departments is badly needed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Learned a lot and people are really nice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Architeture in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Information Architeture in New York, NY

    I worked at OgilvyOne

    Pros

    Very high-profile clients and account projects
    Very nice working environment, I like the Ogilvy Roof very much
    People working here are kind-hearted and very nice

    Cons

    Sometimes the projects are really slow paced and sometimes it's pretty fast
    People come and people go quite frequently indeed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the weekly meetings and introduce the freelancers to the rest of the team
    More team get-together dinners after the work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Unsatisfying and stressful environment, with little to gain for career longevity.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at OgilvyOne

    Pros

    Highly advanced technologically, allowing one to work remotely when permitted/needed. The benefits package is complete and very competitive. Exposure to global companies' marketing operations.

    Cons

    Complete lack of management leadership, with an exceptional disregard for employees' motivation, makes the office environment a perfect ground for unsatisfied employees and sloppy deliverables.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great brand, lots of experience... Very little structure/process

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

    I have been working at OgilvyOne

    Pros

    Great company/brand
    Lots of exposure to work with quality clients
    Place is full of smart people - lots of fun
    Flexible work/life balance - time off never seems to be an issue
    They pay competitively

    Cons

    Very little structure and process
    They need to be more transparent
    Such an enormous company needs to have a solid Performance Management Process - people need to understand what they can do in order to get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward those parts of the business that are profitable - otherwise you will lose some top (MONEY MAKING) talent.

    Stop hiring/recruiting people at the Super Senior level... its discouraging. Instead highlight the people who are actually doing the work.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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