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Updated November 13, 2018
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  • "Hard to plan work/life balance with uncertainty" (in 77 reviews)

  • "long hours and not great people" (in 95 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "HR"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ogilvy is a company that actually cares about its employees. It strives to be the best in class in all ways. It falls short sometimes but I will always pick a company that is making an effort to do better than one that doesn’t care.

    Cons

    The squeaky wheel gets the grease. The more you complain, the more likely you are to get what you want whether you deserve it or not.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing better about listening to employees. Keep that up. It’s working.


  2. "Content Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Cool clients, legacy brand, creative

    Cons

    Lots of org changes happening

  3. "SAE"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great leadership and career development programs

    Cons

    Not a lot of communication amongst regional offices


  4. "consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good environment, flexible, good people there

    Cons

    pay too little to keep people


  5. "OK for some"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and genuinely smart people, if you can find them in the sea of bros and backstabbers. If you can stand the grunt work for a few years, seems like the people who made it to Director level and above had it made.

    Cons

    It's a bureaucratic nightmare. Beholden to a holding company + big clients + being huge itself makes it impossible to navigate. Promotions and raises are hard to come by because of how many rings people have to jump through. Location of the NY office is pretty miserable too.


  6. "Great place to start off"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ogilvy full-time

    Pros

    Learned a lot right out of achool

    Cons

    Hard to make any money after promotions.


  7. "Needs to invest more in their employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent work/life balance, reasonable hours, flexible working arrangements, 401(k) matching, decent benefits, roof deck, many spaces to work privately.

    Cons

    Inept benefits department, hemorrhaging talent, no upward mobility, office is remotely located, prima donna clients.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to stop hemorrhaging talent, pay the talent more. Promote the ones who excel.

    Give workers the option to work from home on Fridays. Give workers more vacation time. Give workers at least six discretionary summer Fridays.

    Get your benefits department to run a tighter ship and communicate more effectively. I endured rampant miscommunication about several crucial issues, and it was often a struggle to get straight answers and resolve situations. I also recommend setting up a new health insurance plan; Aetna is a notoriously terrible insurance "provider."

    Keep 401(k) matching, flexible working arrangements, work-from-home days, and pre-tax transit benefits. Keep the holiday schedule. Keep You Matter Day.

    Pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into renovations of an overpriced cafeteria was foolish and short-sighted. Do not make similar mistakes in the future. Invest in your people.

    Also, think about adding a couple more big umbrellas for the roof deck in the summer. It can get pretty bright up there.

  8. "Slogilvy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great experience, learned a ton, amazing people

    Cons

    so slow to provide a raise and not tied to merit.


  9. "There’s a lot of autonomy in this role, which is wonderful. The transitions, however, have been difficult."

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    Former Employee - Global Account Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Global Account Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy and a lot of work flexibility

    Cons

    Internal disorder and a lack of communication

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate your teams to ensure effectiveness and efficiency. Communicate more.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Technology Group"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ogilvy full-time

    Pros

    Get to work with some great clients that want to do interesting projects.

    Cons

    Management doesn't understand digital and tries to solve this by giving themselves new titles.

    Advice to Management

    Unless you actually put new, young blood into the mix you aren't going to move the needle past rebranding and small optimizations. Having new initiatives every year just burns people out.


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