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This review is for Ogilvy Public Relations West, specifically in San Francisco. The office is dog-friendly and beautiful, if a bit off the beaten path. Overwhelmingly, I found the senior management are exceptionally supportive, knowledgable, and respectful of their teams (but also, see "Cons"). As can be expected, the culture of OPR is less playful than it's advertising counterpart, but most employees are laid back and have a decent sense of humor. Employees have a lot of pride in their work, but definitely enjoy a culture that respects and encourages work-life balance. The company as a whole seems to care about their employees as human beings, including making special arrangements during personal crises, allowing long-term employees to utilize flex-work schedules to accommodate the delicate balance of family and career, and understands that sometimes you need to work from home to let the cable guy in. In terms of diversity and gender equality, the company is a bit lacking (although not abnormally so). For example, there are far more female employees than male, but significantly more male employees in leadership positions. With that said, the company acknowledges this is a problem and is open about working to find solutions. Moreover, they sponsor various diversity networks, and at least outwardly seem to value and foster a diverse workforce. Also, SUMMER FRIDAYS.
The Managing Director seems a bit rash and lacking in the maturity and level-headedness that I would expect from a leader. The Parent Company does not value innovation, at least from an IT standpoint. As the behemoth that Ogilvy (and even more so it's parent company, WPP) is, it can be hard to roll out change, and working outside of NY headquarters can make you feel invisible.
Advice to Management
Take a breath. Get the facts before assigning blame. Do so in private. The stress of demands from your parent company, clients, employees, and management in the NY headquarters can understandably add up, which is why it's most important to think, assess, and strategize before throwing a fit. That is, after all, why they pay you the big bucks. Most of you are fantastic.