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"Amazing people, great culture, average creative work."

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Current Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL
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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Employees are treated great. Parties, perks, tons of culture, sports teams. They truly care and work hard to keep their employees happy. You won't get locked into a single account here. The resource managers strive to keep people fresh. There are a lot of seasoned creative directors to learn from. Compensation is great, and they aren't stingy about expensing dinners and cabs for working late.

Cons

From a creative perspective, O&M Chicago has VERY conservative clients. It results in very safe, vanilla work. Ogilvy seems to be tipping from a creative-led, to an account-led agency. It's a great place for creatives looking to wind down their career and make good money. Younger people looking to build their book might look elsewhere.

Advice to Management

Focus. The O&M Chicago has grown exponentially during it's recent success. Management is blood-thirsty and focusing completely on new business. At the same time, the creative culture and focus that David Ogilvy built the company around seems to be slipping through the cracks. With all the new hires, there seems to be no effort to make sure these new people are the RIGHT people for the job.

Other Employee Reviews for Ogilvy & Mather

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Smart people, great brands, lots of opportunity. Struggles with digital transformation still."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Agency with great heritage, strong processes in place, and a lot of very smart people that push your thinking. Opportunity to work with really big brands often on very big marketing and business challenges. Great benefits and good work/life balance. Teamwork oriented culture, very friendly and pleasant working environment. Office in crazy location, but is beautiful with lots of light, a gym, bike parking, showers, nurse's office, cafeteria, roofdeck.

    Cons

    Talks constantly about being all about 'digital' and transforming to a 'digital' agency throughout, but has never really followed through from a senior management perspective. Fits and starts at hiring 'chief digital officers' but never really getting serious about hiring senior account staff who are digital natives and can sell in digital work.

    As an added challenge, the agency's zillions of P&L silos separate out disciplines in ways that are truly disservices to delivering for clients. Social is separate from Media which is separate from "digital" which is separate from CRM which is separate from Advertising. Need better integration.

    All this being said they do have great digital creative if/when it can be sold through to clients. The work itself is first class. Helped by strong strategic focus of agency.


  2. "Great Place!"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, team oriented, nice perks and always striving to make their employees happy and successful.

    Cons

    Location but the company does their best to make things as easy and comfortable for their employees as possible.

    Advice to Management

    Nice job!

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