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Ogilvy & Mather New York Reviews

Updated October 18, 2017
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  • Difficulty in work / life balance (in 67 reviews)

  • Long hours and takes time to get up the ladder (in 64 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Great company"

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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 & Mather full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The NYC office is diverse and full of great opportunities. They focus heavily on company culture and making it a great work environment.

    Cons

    They are working on integrating their several different sub-companies into one. This will help with internal communication and knowledge!

    Advice to Management

    The HR and management are great resources for younger employees. They are eager to help, listen and offer guidance to those who are newer.


  2. "Best to start off your career but not good for (portfolio) growth."

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather as an intern

    Pros

    Beautiful workplace, highly diverse culture, frequent internal events, best for networking.

    Cons

    Politics! It takes like forever for work to come out. People are playing safe, they are afraid to get out of their comfort zone to do work that's different.

    Advice to Management

    A creative agency first of all needs to be creative and to be creative you have to be bold. Unless you do something, highly creative people will keep leaving your agency leaving behind the mediocre. Champion these giants' voice, let's them speak and encourage them to mentor. They are thirsty. Give them the opportunity to do work that matters. Use proactive and challenging work as a reward to leverage the folks who want to grow.

  3. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to drive your own success; not micro-managed.

    Cons

    Minimal support given to non-traditional agency departments


  4. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great kitchen, and great shuttle to the office, also inspiring mentors

    Cons

    Mostly admin work for an intern and a toxic, competitive culture. Terrible work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Make the decision to hire interns with 3-5 months after they are working there, dont leave them hanging on for 7 months and not give them feedback.


  5. "Good name to have on the resume"

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    Former Contractor - Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Art Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good clients, many creatives, can work on many teams.

    Cons

    Bad pay, no yearly review.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate employees more by giving them yearly reviews and raises.


  6. "Great experience but no opportunity for growth"

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    Former Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The location is great. You get exposed to a lot and can learn a lot if you are proactive.

    Cons

    There are very few opportunities for growth. You don't get paid well and promotions are very hard to come by.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Executive Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good for me.

    Cons

    The training is horrible, There is no trust, loyalty or growth in this company. From the HR department right to the top management.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing is confident. There is no loyalty and you are treated poorly.

  8. "Good benefits for freelancers"

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    Current Freelancer - Web Developer in New York, NY
    Current Freelancer - Web Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very good benefits for freelancers, good atmosphere, nice coworkers. Management is willing to be somewhat flexible with working from home. Remuneration is good.

    Cons

    It can feel a little stuffy compared with other agencies. Management on tech team is on the rocks at the moment, but they're trying to improve things. Projects are often uninteresting unless you work in creative tech, specifically doing hardware stuff.


  9. "Way, way, way too big"

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    Former Employee - Strategist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Strategist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    so many cooks in the kitchen, it's easy to hide

    Cons

    you can't move up until WPP looks a spreadsheet somewhere and says that you can


  10. "Not the place for innovation"

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

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

    Pros

    Some great people but too many layers and way too slow moving. Not the right people for digital work.

    Cons

    Lack of innovative, digitally focused creatives


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