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Ogilvy & Mather New York Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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Pros
  • I have worked there as an intern and i liked the working environment (in 60 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is very good - especially for consulting (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Difficulty in work / life balance (in 58 reviews)

  • Long hours, reluctance to hire additional staff to pick up the slack (in 57 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "More than just a name"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -amazing office
    -great culture
    -cool, SMART coworkers

    Cons

    -you need to fight for yourself here, nothing will be handed to you. which really could be seen as a pro also


  2. "Greatest Ad agency meets Great ideas"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great Team efforts
    Great ideas around you
    Lots of fun
    Flexible working hours

    Cons

    No fixed hours
    Pressure from clients is way too much sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Doing great! Keep up


  3. "Make Brands Matter"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Management Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great founder culture company with a long view. Leadership is invested in Diversity & Inclusion.

    Cons

    It's a big company and as a result a little slow, sometimes...not all the time. They could pay better, too.

    Advice to Management

    Invest a little more in your people and keep on that diversity and inclusion kick, the broader our backgrounds, the better off we'll be.


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  5. "A great place to work (despite low salaries)"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of hardworking and smart people and an opportunity to work for the legendary "Ogilvy" brand. It's very acceptable (and encouraged) for employees to move to another group or department for career growth (the process may be slow). Good health benefits, company-contributed 401(k) plan, free onsite gym (for staff, not freelance), onsite medical facility that can diagnose and prescribe medications among other things (staffed with a P.A. and nurses), lots of discounts to take advantage of, several professional networks. Good vacation policy and lots of holiday time off.

    Cons

    Infrequent and low raises (across all levels). Depending on your department and manager, promotions can be a long-time coming. Expense report system is very difficult and time-consuming and it can take employees a long time to get reimbursed (major understatement).

    Advice to Management

    Give employees timely (i.e. NOT once every five years or more) and competitive raises. You will continue to lose good talent if this isn't made a priority (i.e. referring to the good talent in the "lower" ranks, not the senior executives or C-suite). Fix the expense reporting problems. Cut out the bureaucracy that stifles the ability to get things done across departments.


  6. "Inhumaine work hours"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Unsure in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Unsure in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The 11th ave office is so impossibly far away from everything in Ny that you won't even be tempted to leave during the day.

    Cons

    The cafeteria food (if you can call it that) isn't even prison worthy
    Employees are expected to endure inhumaine over time without compensation

    Advice to Management

    Invest in project managers


  7. "OgilvyRED - Best of Both Worlds"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Consulting Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Global Consulting Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the sharpest people in the entire company. Clients are top notch, and the projects are very challenging. OgilvyRED gives the chance to solve some truly complex problems for the biggest companies.

    OgilvyRED's culture is phenomenal. People are absolutely wonderful to work with and very friendly towards each other. Work/life balance is very good - especially for consulting.

    Cons

    There is needs to be some structure around talent development. More emphasis needs to be made on L&D and mentorship. We attract the best employees, but we need to do a better job cultivating their skill sets

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people, please.


  8. "Review"

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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 & Mather (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great environment and brilliant people

    Cons

    Poor communication from senior managemnt

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent


  9. "The Best Agency I've Worked At"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Management Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Incredibly smart people, whom are experts at their craft
    - Always ahead of the curve when changes come to changes to the industry and new technologies/platforms.
    - Very collaborative work environment.
    - Top notch creative talent.
    - Inclusive, diverse and welcoming culture.

    Cons

    - Pay raises have become very difficult to attain - due to holding company pressures/pay freezes.


  10. "Decent pay, overcontrolling management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good name for your resume; major Mad Ave advertising agency. Pay is decent.

    Cons

    Work-life balance? fuggedaboutit. Employee input into procedures? Zero. Management? vacillates between micromanaging and total neglect.


  11. "You Can't Beat the People"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There truly is no culture like Ogilvy's. When they say it's a family the mean it.

    Cons

    That said, no family is perfect. Upward mobility in for title and salary can be a little tricky.



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