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Updated July 10, 2018
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Pros
  • "Really smart people, almost universally" (in 22 reviews)

  • "Strong leadership and great clients" (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "long hours; what work-life balance" (in 37 reviews)

  • "Poor work life balance - long, long hours and management that doesn't really care about over-capacity" (in 38 reviews)

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  1. "Account Suoervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, smart people to work with - inspired creativity!

    Cons

    Very long hours, some managers were not pleasant to work for

    Advice to Management

    Don't keep people as managers that shouldn't be managing people! It sends the good people out the door quickly


  2. "Good agency and nice perks"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time

    Pros

    Agency offers a great name on your resume and has a good support system to ensure you're not overworked

    Cons

    Could work on integrating services and office services better.

    Slow with raises and promotions

    Advice to Management

    Incentivization could improve for employees deserving of recognition

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Ogilvy PR in DC = Understaffed, overworked, absent leadership, rock bottom morale"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ogilvy's legacy draws talent and appeals prospective clients. Decent pay and benefits. Nice office space in a good location in DC.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the Washington, DC office is an afterthought in the Ogilvy network. It's like we don't exist. The office is understaffed (be prepared to wear multiple hats and do the work of 2-3 people), overworked (long evenings and weekends), underappreciated (no bonuses or recognition) and underfunded (lack of training and tools).

    The morale is rock bottom. The 3 group heads cannot agree on how to function. Little to no collaboration across teams. There's no HR left in the office (hasn't been for nearly a year now). We share an HR resource with another Ogilvy PR office on the west coast and needless to say it's impossible to connect. It's a never ending staff exodus each year. We can't retain good talent. The office space is about 60-70% empty (so depressing).

    Leadership is nowhere to be found (I literally haven't seen our CEO in over a year). Business is pursued and won with nobody to do the work. Everyone here is looking for a job (including at least 2 of the group heads). And now with recent WPP headlines, things are only going to get worse.

    I will not be here in a month or two and I would seriously caution anybody looking to join Ogilvy at this point, especially the DC office.

    It's very sad.

    Advice to Management

    Management? What's that?


  4. "Great company culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy Public Relations part-time

    Pros

    Great management, very team oriented!

    Cons

    Hours tend to be long.


  5. "Assistant Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Collaborative, plenty of opportunities to be exposed to senior leadership

    Cons

    Can be too cliquey and a little uptight


  6. "Terrible culture in the DC office"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Many wonderful, talented, smart, hard-working colleagues.

    Cons

    Management was truly terrible - from HR to senior group leaders. It led to massive turnover in staff. Horrendous work/life balance. It was very different from the other office cultures in OPR across the US.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great People, High turnover, Billable hours focused"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - The Ogilvy name will help get you future jobs.
    - They have some good benefits like Summer Friday, Close for 1 week during Christmas
    - The people are great. Not sure about upper management.

    Cons

    - They rarely give out raises. It's nearly impossible to get a raise unless you are upper management. It's confusing on how someone can get a raise.
    - You will work lots of hours.
    - Not a lot of work/life balance.
    - They used to have happy hour and other fun events but have removed several of the benefits that made the culture great to work at.
    - They used to have awards for the best employee but now they switched it for employees that brought in new business. And most of the compliments for that winner is how they worked 60 hours plus and during the weekends.
    - The salary that you get with them is lower than other companies.
    - High turnover. People realize that it's good to work at Ogilvy to build up their resume and then after a year or so. Go to another company where they can earn much more.

    Advice to Management

    Give out raises and bring back events to bring employees together. Happy Hour can't be that much to fund

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Robotic and unhealthy environment"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot during my time here, whether or not most of it was from being relied on for extensive administrative work
    Decent training
    Big agency

    Cons

    Was not given one writing opportunity during my tenure
    They hire you if you are "moldable" rather than based on what you can bring to the table and your personality
    You have no chance of getting promoted under two years and there is hardly any room for growth
    Toxic work environment where senior leaders do not lead by example, will micro-manage you, not give you any independence, steal credit for themselves
    Horrible HR support
    No work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Hire better senior-level people who can actually provide mentorship to your juniors. Don't forget your junior level staff will one day be the leaders of the company, so invest in them! Bring back the fun perks that once existed.


  9. "Great place to learn and grow in your career - not great for life outside work"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was empowered in a junior-level role to manage clients and execute campaigns allowing me to learn quickly and grow in my career. I would recommend to other entry-level PR pros who are looking to learn and advance quickly, but not as a long-term career prospect.

    Cons

    Experience varied dramatically depending on your supervisor. Some incredible leaders and path-blazers. No work-life balance. Ogilvy PR was in a hiring freeze at this time which also limited the ability to compensate and promote staff appropriately.


  10. "Great team, hard work, but great support system"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The clients were really great and I loved my team. My manager fought for me to get a bonus and a promotion. Hard work, but really smart people.

    Cons

    If you don't have someone to fight for you, you will not get a promotion or raise
    The industry in general has terrible hours and low salaries, not just specific to this company, but it leads to a lot of turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Try to reward those that work hard and do great work before they are ready to leave.


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