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Updated June 15, 2017
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  • The workload sometimes is much and it is hard to keep the work-life balance (in 31 reviews)

  • Long hours and interns come and go (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A great company with a great reputation!

    Cons

    Really no downsides - a great firm!

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to hold on to staff and make them feel appreciated!


  2. "Fine for Big Agency"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of variety of clients, ability to work on many projects, access to lots of resources, diverse employee

    Cons

    have to be an advocate for yourself b/c it's easy to get lost in the shuffle, pay is terrible at the entry level because everyone wants agency experience on their resume, clocking your time is so annoying - the focus becomes more about billable hours than the actual work, work life balance is not a thing

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to know what your employees want out of their job

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Pros & Cons"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people I worked with were amazing, and I never felt like I've learned as much from such smart people as I did when I was at Ogilvy. The work we produced was wonderful and I felt like it moved the needle for social and advocacy causes, and I was proud to be a part of the team.

    Cons

    The management was inconsistent. Some people in management were amazing, however, with the incentives to management to compete against other departments for billing/revenue, I often felt like I was being told to "work smarter not harder" but simultaneously congratulated for billing 60hour+ weeks.

    Advice to Management

    Actually work towards a culture of valuing individuals, not just what they do for the work. They can tell the difference and when they feel exhausted and expendable, will always look elsewhere.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to learn; Don't Stay"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people I worked with were some of the most talented and passionate people when it came to public health and really caring about the mission of clients, particularly those in government. Team culture which is great.

    Cons

    Extremely poor work/life balance.
    Pay lower than industry average for most positions, particularly mid and senior level roles.
    Benefits are mediocre compared to other agencies.
    "Big agency" culture which is grueling and puts too much emphasis on billable hours, regardless of client or thinking about individual employee talents and desire for growth.
    Lack of clear vision for growth and improving morale among employees.

    Advice to Management

    Hit the reset button. Diversify beyond government clients. Work on employee retention and benefits.


  5. "Executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Company to work for, would recommend

    Cons

    None, at this time, nothing bad to say

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Healthcare Experience, Tedious Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    At Ogilvy, you are part of a robust team that does great work for top of the line clients. The office culture is laid back and the office is very nice. Experience depends on what department you're in (media influence, brand marketing, healthcare). Great benefits.

    Cons

    You are expected to work long hours for little pay and little recognition. Healthcare work is tedious and turnover is high. Promotion structure is nonexistent.

    Advice to Management

    Place more value in your employees and invest in them. Let them go to trainings and reward hard work with compensation and promotions.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good resume booster, but not long term unless you're exec level"

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    Former Employee - Public Relations in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Public Relations in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good brand name for your resume
    - Big clients on their roster
    - Nice computers and facility/office
    - Good time-off benefits
    - Depending on your manager, you can work autonomously

    Cons

    - Poor work/life balance
    - Large focus on "billable hours" with responsibility falling on employees to fill their hours, not those in charge of bringing in new business.
    - Poor family leave benefits (except for men and EVPs)
    - Vague products expected to be delivered by staff with little training. People use buzzwords like crazy and expect you to know what they're talking about . Many are just winging it.
    - Hiring and salary freezes for lower level staff while executives constantly get promoted

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the employees who know what they're doing. Spend less time figuring out your mission and more time delivering great outcomes for clients. Make new hires take a writing test.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good for Namesake"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time

    Pros

    The name, the people are great (what is left of them), some smart people in the digital group, free alcohol if you care to enjoy a beverage at work, salary and benefits are on par with the industry when you start. Some of the clients are "sexy" but that is only if you work in digital, otherwise hope you like government work.

    Cons

    Lack of innovation, poor work/life balance. Business is not doing well for quite a few years now, which has resulted in very few raises and or promotions. Many mangers encourage you to interview elsewhere in an effort to receive an offer letter, in which case Ogilvy will match. Essentially you have to intentionally screw another employer to get a raise at your current job. How ethical is that? Terrible business practice Ogilvy.

    Have young children and need to leave early? Forget about it. Others without children will ensure that you feel guilty for attempting to parent and leaving anytime before 5:30/6. HR says that there is a flexible work schedule, but honestly it is just not enforced.

    Lack of women in leadership, it feels very much like a good old boys club at times.

    Advice to Management

    You should probably find a job elsewhere too.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time

    Pros

    Being in the same office as Ogilvy & Mather has its perks. Free massages, manicures, cereal and ice cream. An onsite barista and pop-up food delivery, daily. Friday happy hours, and fun team outings. A few big name clients. An incredibly strong and motivated Managing Director. Several big clients.

    Cons

    There are a couple of toxic people on the corporate team who have been with the company for a while. They are bullies to everyone except their inner circle. They sabotage other people's careers. They isolate people. They drive talent and clients out of the agency. It is blatantly clear it is happening, but nothing is done about it beyond a slap on the wrist. As a result, the quality of work suffers, the client retention suffers, and the corporate team continues to be mediocre at best.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat so you can soar.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Worked out of Indonesia office - A place for learning!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive - Associate Account Director in Castro Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive - Associate Account Director in Castro Valley, CA

    I worked at Ogilvy Public Relations (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic people and always something new to learn. Teamwork is essential and strong global network. Awesome office environment that accepts individuality and creativity!

    Cons

    Performance review should stay consistent and weigh out towards career growth and appraisal. As any agency setting, at times it requires long hours.


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