I worked at OgilvyOne full-time (More than a year)
Team managers are really accessible, whether their on your team or on another one. Because there are affinity and interest clubs for Ogilvy, if you join those clubs you will have face time with a lot of different and important people. And if you take on a leadership role, you will have direct access to people as high up as the North America CEO. It is an awesome opportunity to have at this huge agency. The people are really nice, and I found HR receptive to my feedback, and even willing to help me make transitions when I saw opportunities to advance. There are also opportunities to participate in projects or pitches. The onus is on the employee to make this place work for your career path. I had to leave suddenly due to personal matter, and the agency was flexible in working with me to make it work when I needed to commute across state lines. Ultimately that became too time consuming, but they understood and I think the fact that they had such a heart was incredible. I thought the pay was fine, but given that it's NYC, could be better. I'll add that I didn't bother negotiating so that could be part of it. The gym and the classes are a huge perk. And at least my team was never run like a sweat shop. I was able to leave the office around 6 everyday unless there was some big project with a quick deliverable. And I never had to take work home. I guess I got lucky.
While everything there was great, you do need to find the opportunities yourself. Your accomplishments will not be recognized unless you yourself bring them to someone's attention. If you want to move up, you might find that you never will unless you make sure others are recognizing that you're worthy. The cafeteria on site is expensive, but our only real option given the horrible location.
Advice to Management
The "required" reviews are a great practice in theory, but they are not well enforced. I had to go to my manager every time, and multiple times, to schedule my reviews. Like I said, everything is based on initiative of the employee, but it might have been nice for my accomplishments to have been recognized without me having to toot my own horn.
I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at OgilvyOne (New York, NY) in March 2017.
I was introduced by a friend directly to the hiring managers of the position. I went through three interviews with top management in the account. The interviews lasted one hour and were all very interesting. I had the opportunity to make questions, they were candid about the client's situation and they had very good feedback after meeting me. Unfortunately they decided to promote someone internally but I would love to work with the people I met.
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