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Updated January 21, 2018
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  • long hours; what work-life balance (in 36 reviews)

  • Long hours and a culture that encourages this (in 35 reviews)

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  1. 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.


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. 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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "Going through changes"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great people and diverse portfolio of clients with a focus on government

    Cons

    Parent company controls all decisions, going through major organizational changes


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Considered a joke of an office in the Ogilvy network"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global network
    High profile clients
    Dog friendly office
    Office colors
    Company philosophy
    Company history
    OK benefits
    Great opportunities if you can make it (travel, client pitches, etc)

    Cons

    Glorifies type A personality
    High learning curve without in-depth training
    HR is overwhelmed and do not have the experience to deal with sensitive issues/workplace hostility
    Scapegoating management (they’re never at fault)
    Uncaring and jaded management (listens but no issues get resolved)
    On edge, egotistic coworkers
    Archaic proprietary software with unfriendly UX
    Unwillingness to help or empower each other
    High turnover
    Overworked is the norm
    Open space design doesn’t work for this office
    Horrible company parties (no budget and team bonding is painful)
    Middle management needs more people management skills/training
    Low pay

    Advice to Management

    To practice a philosophy that anyone is replaceable is horrible. You promote the wrong people and fire the amazing people that keeps the office united and sane. This office is considered a joke in the Ogilvy network and the reasons are clear - the lack of leadership, low margins of revenue, little to no awards, and bad client service. The office also needs more diversity in ideas. Invest in your employees, get better HR reps, advocate for your direct reports, and try to grow your teams by empowering them to think big picture.


  10. "Senior Consultant"

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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

    The agency has a great network that is very supportive. You have the opportunity to learn a lot and get advice from industry experts. The agency attracts amazing clients and projects. Employees are encouraged to be creative and given a lot of responsibility if they show promise.

    Cons

    Long hours and a culture that encourages this.


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