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Updated May 17, 2018
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  • Work/life balance encouraged and supported (in 9 reviews)

  • Great people, work-life balance is great (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Supportive and Hardworking Agency"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Director in Playa Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Group Director in Playa Vista, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Neo@Ogilvy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Really smart, thoughtful people in all departments
    - LA HR office always involved whether it's sending out training/wellness newsletters, training opps, etc.
    - Supportive managing director who listens and trusts his leadership team (who happens to be over 50% female. V. important to note as this is outside the norm of your typical "bro culture" agency stereotype. Everyone is treated equally and with respect from assistants to directors. ) He is also very responsive and accessible no matter how busy he is.
    - Work/life balance encouraged and supported
    - Fun, collaborative, hardworking office office culture makes this small but mighty performance agency a joy to work for.

    Cons

    - None for the agency itself
    - Food options are expensive in the immediate vicinity but if you're up for a drive, more variety is available. (V. small con, IMO:)

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. I enjoy being here so far.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to get your foot in the door and not much more."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Neo@Ogilvy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are some very smart people that work (have worked) at Neo. The problem is that many of them found better opportunities elsewhere because their ideas and opinions weren't valued.

    Cons

    Incredibly difficult to get raises and promotions. And when raises are given, they're not comparable to what one would be making with the same title at another agency.

    Company culture is pretty much non existent at this point. It used to be a very fun place to work. It no longer is.

    There is no consistency across teams. Neo is afraid to bring their expertise to the table and rather than tell clients what will be best for them. It is very common for them to agree to use the wrong technology simply because a client "wants it".

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees for their contributions and listen to what they actually have to say. Sometimes the best thing to tell a client is NO. They hired you as the expert in this space. Show why you know more than they do. In the long run, they'll thank you for it.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Warning: Danger Ahead"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Playa Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Playa Vista, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Neo@Ogilvy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well-recognized name that looks great on your resume
    Decent pay
    Beautiful campus in the heart of Silicon Beach

    Cons

    Spread very thin across multiple accounts without additional pay
    Nonexistent work/life balance
    No support from leadership even when concerns were voiced
    There is no HR on site in LA, HR department is located in the NY HQ
    If you're not male, you will have little to no chance of being promoted
    Women are treated poorly, to the point where even senior managers are harassed publicly by male leaders until they break down (even then, there is no consideration for their well-being or the fact that this is carried out in front of other departments and direct reports)
    When the abuses are reported to HR, instead of being taken seriously, HR makes victims feel as if it was their fault. HR would then work with the local leadership to further degrade the women who were courageous enough to speak up about unprofessional behavior, until those who are abused either leave or are pushed out

    Advice to Management

    HR should serve as an objective mediator and advocate for employee rights, instead of a lackey for leadership's harassment. Male leaders should not receive extra protection over subordinates, whether male or female.

    Ogilvy was once a name that people were proud to stand behind. It is appalling that now (at least in Playa Vista), it is a name that male partners can hide behind to abuse their power and demean women in the workplace. Many of the top female executives have already left, and if things don't change drastically for the better, the company will continue to bleed out top talent while repelling potential new hires.

    Neo@Ogilvy Response

    Feb 12, 2018 – Associate Director, Marketing & Communications

    Thank you for taking the time to give feedback. We strive to ensure that all employees can have their best career years at Neo. We’re concerned that you’ve outlined the above as your experience... More


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Best Performance Marketing Agency!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Neo@Ogilvy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company uses a clear media planning approach with a focus on driving customer performance. Management cares about the employees and helps with career growth. The culture is fantastic - work hard and play hard!

    Cons

    The location is several avenues from a subway, but they provide transportation from the major stations and there a lot of new restaurants and stores opening nearby.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate to the teams on the direction and growth of the company.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Learn"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Planner in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Media Planner in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Neo@Ogilvy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked at the Chicago Office, and loved it.

    The culture in this office is very warm and welcoming, your not micro managed and actually allowed to think outside the box and bring innovative ideas to the table. You are also able to wear many different hats that may not fall into the traditional media role which is refreshing, and provides great learning opportunities.

    Cons

    WPP's promotion freezes can often be long, and effect even offices that are performing extremely well.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Neo@Ogilvy full-time

    Pros

    Amazing CEO and leadership team who care deeply about the people and culture and mentor all levels of the organization.
    A start up mentality within a creative organization which allows the freedom to try new things and push the boundaries to produce great work.
    Higher salaries than other media companies.

    Cons

    As with any agency, it is a client service organization and hours can sometimes be long when you have a big deliverable. Unlike at other media companies I've worked for, the team here makes a big effort to promote a work life balance (e.g. if you had to work very late for an assignment, figuring out ways to give people extra time off etc.)

    Advice to Management

    Share more about the raise/promotion cycle timing widely (vs. one on one) and also share how senior executives have offered to hold off on taking compensation increases in order to make sure mid level and entry level employees get raises and promotions.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Neo@Ogilvy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Great people
    -Growing company
    -Growth Opportunities for high performers
    -Young/cool environment/culture

    Cons

    -got to work hard to get ahead
    -location on west side can be tricky for some people

  8. "On the rise"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Neo@Ogilvy full-time

    Pros

    The people are awesome. Bright, good people across the agency.

    Very supportive working environment. It's important to speak up if you need something. Management and teams are generally very accommodating.

    After many months with many unknowns, it's a very exciting time to be part of the company as Neo re-energizes its brand, teams have access to new resources and new opportunities emerge for employees.

    Cons

    There are still outstanding questions that don't have answers yet.

     We need more training for all employees.

    The career growth path needs clarity.


  9. "mixed bag"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director
    Former Employee - Associate Director
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Neo@Ogilvy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    the good - some truly brilliant people. starting with Naz, the Global CEO. Great big ideas.

    work perks - casual dress.

    my manager liked me and let me do my job. he left me alone.

    huge name on your resume that will follow you for the rest of your career.

    generally speaking, work life balance is good on most teams. depends on your client and how will you manage your time.

    Cons

    the politics. If you're not 25, you'll feel out of place.
    the politics - my manager liked me, but the managing director didn't and that stunted my growth. went 3 years without a pay raise until i showed my boss an offer from a competitor for a 20% raise and promotion. it was matched within hours.
    the politics - completely random who is promoted and when. Neo has such a microscopic perspective on salaries. Don't avoid the $10K raise when its going to cost you that much more to replace someone when they leave.

    Advice to Management

    treat your employees the way David Ogilvy would want you to. Don't play favorites and encourage the clique environment. Treat your employees better, churn will decrease, you'll have to hire less and there will be better work as an end result.


  10. "Leadership Team Feedback"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Neo@Ogilvy full-time

    Pros

    Work friends/relationships, big name on your resume, young population, relaxed dress code, autonomy.

    Cons

    The leadership team blames everyone besides themselves on lack of culture - employees are just mimicking their 10+ years of bad management behavior. People don't trust the leadership team, and all they do is boast about how they go on fun work expense paid trips when they could instead take a pay cut like other CEO's in this world to help fund well deserved promotions and increases. The leadership team needs to focus on the real people doing their grunt work and thank them, versus taking all the credit for their hard work. The leadership team needs to take management training, or even better basic new manager training.

    Advice to Management

    Take a pay cut to help fund promos and increases for the people doing your hard work.


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