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Ogilvy Art Director Reviews

Updated Dec 13, 2019

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2.8
55%
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93%
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Ogilvy Global CEO John Seifert
John Seifert
7 Ratings
  1. "Highly recommended. I really love it here."

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    Current Contractor - Art Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ogilvy for more than a year

    Pros

    Tons of great minds & a great atmosphere.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape; very corporate.

    Ogilvy2012-09-08
  2. "Happy environment!"

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    Former Intern - Art Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy for less than a year

    Pros

    Many accounts to work on, very talented people, feels like family. Smart CCO!

    Cons

    There were too many interns so work wasn't distributed well. Can only speak for creative.

    Ogilvy2019-09-17
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  4. "awesome"

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    Former Employee - Junior Art Director 

    I worked at Ogilvy full-time

    Pros

    people are the best. best.

    Cons

    work is not good. good.

    Ogilvy2019-03-12
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Big Agency Bull"

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    Former Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great experience. Great portfolio work. Culture is or was absolutely terrific. A great environment, location, and office space.

    Cons

    Lots of red-tape politics. They hire employees as full-time freelancers so they can gyp you out of benefits. Once you enter conditions, you are stuck there. They promise raises upon achieving 20% profit, then come up with another excuse once that is met. They don't care about their employees or their careers, no performance reviews. "Promotions" are title changes with more responsibility without pay. They don't replace empty positions, just require other people to pick up the slack. No reward for doing a great job. Sometimes you are paired up with people in other cities which creates a difficult working condition. There really is no management. In fact, they let a huge amount of managers and director off so the top elite can get bonuses and called it "restructuring." Most people stay for 1 year only.

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    Advice to Management

    Your foundation is your employees. Your company is currently crumbling, morale is at an all time low. You haven't won any new business in years. Please focus on your workers, they are the ones who can build this company.

    Ogilvy2018-06-12
  6. "Good name to have on the resume"

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    Former Contractor - Art Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy for more than a year

    Pros

    Good clients, many creatives, can work on many teams.

    Cons

    Bad pay, no yearly review.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate employees more by giving them yearly reviews and raises.

    Ogilvy2017-09-15
  7. "Large agency comes with expected large agency lifestyle."

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

    I have been working at Ogilvy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    World class, high end, and award-winning creative work. Very friendly, idea-driven employees.

    Cons

    Difficult to get in and difficult to get promoted. Lots of large agency rhetoric. No review process. They should invest in the employees they currently have a little better.

    Advice to Management

    Take more stock into your employees, keep them happy and reward them. Set goals and and reviews.

    Ogilvy2017-04-03
  8. "Art Director"

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    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ogilvy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great perks, nice people, clients with big budgets.

    Cons

    No mentorship, no growth for mid-level creatives, corporate vibe.

    Ogilvy2017-01-27
  9. "Staple of the advertising industry"

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    Art Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ogilvy

    Pros

    Ogilvy & Mather is huge and in NYC you can feel it. Headquartered in a building of 11 floors, O&M feels like a tank: big, influential and powerful. Like the agency itself, O&M's clients are big, multinational companies that pay big bucks to advertise their product. There is no shortage of work and no shortage of friendly faces doing it.

    Cons

    While O&M has many clients, a lot of the work done for those clients is intended to keep the lights on. Sometimes creativity takes a seat in order to please the client and grant their wishes. O&M churns out work like a factory however sometimes the sense of creative-urgency is missing in their assembly-line.

    Advice to Management

    If it doesn't sell, It isn't creative. But if it isn't creative, it won't sell.

    Ogilvy2016-09-21
  10. "Great Company Culture"

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    Former Freelancer - Freelance Art Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy for less than a year

    Pros

    You meet so many great and talented people. There's lots to learn and many amazing resources within your reach.

    Cons

    It is a HUGE company. It feels overwhelming at times and you feel like such a tiny part of the system. I think it would be hard to grow within this company. I'd say it's a great experience though for about a year.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to who wants to grow and help them achieve that. It's easy to forget about people in such a big environment.

    Ogilvy2016-08-11
  11. "Sr Art Director"

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    Current Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ogilvy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    + A lot of opportunities to do good work

    Cons

    + Too much work, no life balance

    Ogilvy2016-05-18
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