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Ogilvy Reviews

Updated March 22, 2019
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Pros
  • "Amazing work environment with very friendly people who are always willing to help" (in 88 reviews)

  • "Good working culture and work life balance" (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-Life-Balance kommt zu kurz (Agentur halt)" (in 79 reviews)

  • "Minimum wage pay for interns (in Korea) and long hours" (in 99 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Wonderful People and Wonderful Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Budget Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Budget Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Autonomy with deadlines. They give you the space to efficiently improve past processes. The Atlanta office has an immaculate view of the city. Management is helpful and understanding.

    Cons

    I wouldn't say there are many cons except the pay was not very incentivizing.

    Advice to Management

    Understand what you are asking for before you ask for a deliverable in 1 hour.


  2. "Manager Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    GREAT IDEAS AND PEOPLE. PROJECTS WERE INTERESTING

    Cons

    More work needed to keep clients

  3. "awesome"

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    Former Employee - Junior Art Director
    Former Employee - Junior Art Director

    I worked at Ogilvy full-time

    Pros

    people are the best. best.

    Cons

    work is not good. good.


  4. "Learned a lot, good time to move on"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ogilvy full-time

    Pros

    Around smart and supportive people

    Cons

    Takes forever to get a raise, promotions come without raises


  5. "meh"

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    Current Employee - Senior Writer
    Current Employee - Senior Writer

    I have been working at Ogilvy full-time

    Pros

    good reputation originally but got worse over time

    Cons

    no reviews in 6 years or raises

    Advice to Management

    run for the hills, this model is dead


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Decent experience on a cool brand came with terrible work/life balance"

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

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

    Pros

    Tons of exposure with ownership of projects. I really did like the brands I worked on, they were interesting and engaging with the plus side of undergoing major strategy shifts that I got to support (even lead on some aspects). I cultivated relationships with senior company leadership that made it a bit easier to survive. Great for moms (though I am not one) and generally accommodating. I liked my immediate account and strategy peers very much.

    From a perks standpoint, a cafe on the ground floor meant I didn't have to leave the building on busy days. The medical center in basement was amazing on days when I needed attention but had a major meeting to prep for (and my trip abroad - I got all my vaccines with minimal disruption to my project schedule).

    Cons

    Creative genius/a**hole trope was very real (and surprisingly high up) and poorly managed by leadership that had the power to squash it. Unfortunately a few bad apples spoiled the bunch. I bore the brunt of the bad behavior on my team.

    As for work/life balance, I can likely count on two hands the number of days I worked an 8 hr day (with a 30min lunch break) over the course of two years. Found out at the end of my tenure that I was paid less than other AEs on the team and in the building (despite my original attempts to negotiate a higher salary when offered the job). So that made the outrageous hours even harder to swallow.

    Lastly, as I was told, they call it "slow-gilvy for a reason." I could not seem to get promoted on the team and was told that an internal rotation w/a bump was unlikely.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the people who suck culture dry, overwork your teams, and seem to hold promotions hostage. I would have stayed but for those few things. Hoping with the recent internal reorg, things have changed. There is a great history to this agency. Would love to see it thrive!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Traditional Big Agency to deal with"

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    Former Employee - Vice President, Group Account Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President, Group Account Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    resources to handle most anything

    Cons

    the cost of using those resources sometimes in internally cost prohibitive

  8. "Homey place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Strategist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Strategist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects and opportunities if you assert yourself. Team vibes.

    Cons

    Pay not as competitive as some other agencies. Difficult to identify growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Set career paths and how about bonuses?


  9. "Average at best"

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Enjoyable work enviroment and team work

    Cons

    Lack of advancement opportunities and expected long hours


  10. "Great place to build brands"

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    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 Ogilvy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Global exposure to advertising with immense support in building a career for those who are passionate about building brands

    Cons

    Work can get hectic as clients are often very demanding and as a company we strive to never miss a commitment