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"it depends what department you join"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

If you are not in Marketing or planning : its very laid back job so lots of time for yourself ; people are alright not much political except senior management; you can drink while at work ; wear anything; benefits are fine ; good company to join if you are in late 30s and after....; work and life balance is good except in Marketing;. Planning department varies. Usually you will be doing lots of work. Marketing and Planning are good to start your career here.

Overall chill company. So join it if you are getting a good salary in your role and you don't want to learn cross functionally or if u r pretty experienced and have kids (For Non marketing poeple).... ((Note : in general: Big companies always kind of least flexible with cross functional work. They create separate departments for that. So you should know what department you are working for. ))

Cons

a) No career growth mostly in all departments except Marketing or Planning
b) If you are in finance; IT; accounting then don't join this company
c) If you are in creative, use it as a Name on the resume. It is not creative at all in North america. Ogilyy is more creative in Europe/Asia/South America. So work for an year at most and do leave.
d) It is good place to start your career in Marketing; you will be working 10-12 hours easily everyday...but thts why its good....
e) This company do not increase salary every year at all. The increase on an average is once in 5 years. Some departments it could increase once in 3 years..So don't expect any raise in salary before 3 years
f) The company is not doing well in the year 2012 and 2013...
g) The Rotation program is good here....

Advice to Management

a) You are every traditional in management and the very fact that as marketing and advertiusing industry, we are the first ones who bring new ideas everywhere. So Change your old school strategy;vision; tactics
b) Move away from David Ogilvy. The Ogilvy outside North America don't believe him, The Creatives don't follow him
c) Reduce your bonuses when company is not well.
d) Do something; don't be lazy.

Other Employee Reviews for Ogilvy & Mather

  1. "Good name to have on the resume but not much for portfolio"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Pros

    When you move to a smaller market than NY, the agency name goes a long way. You do get to swing at some big projects and see how it's done.

    Cons

    Reality is in such a big shop you need a big title to get some work through, or manage to be in the good graces of a big name.


  2. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    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.


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