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Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated November 13, 2017
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  • Difficulty in work / life balance (in 68 reviews)

  • Long hours and takes time to get up the ladder (in 66 reviews)

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  1. "Lost Their Edge"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very talented and dedicated people who are willing to do what it takes to get the job done well.

    Cons

    Form over substance seems to rule the day; no pay increases and limited promotional opportunities for staff. The attrition among those with the most talent has increased dramatically over the course of this year. The continuously cancelled or delayed salary and promotional reviews results in a lack of trust in the leadership and prompts attrition of the most talented. This does not bode well for the future of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Salary and promotional opportunities cannot be the first thing to go when trimming. Spend more on those things and not on the "trend of the day" programs that seem to come and go quickly. People don't mind working very hard if something meaningful would result.
    I am concerned about the future of this industry and even more concerned about the possibility of Ogilvy being in the mix when the dust settles.


  2. "Great experience but no opportunity for growth"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid OgilvyRED"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Pros

    nice views of the Hudson from the office

    Cons

    This review is for OgilvyRED only.

    People hate working here and are desperately trying to get out. This is a hostile and toxic work environment. Despite several complaints to HR about workplace hostility and harassment by several employees, nothing has changed. Managers treat their employees extremely poorly and have very little respect for them.

    If you’re considering joining OgilvyRED, I beg you not to come here. Don’t let the recruiter and RED’s marketing materials fool you, this place is falling apart. Just take a look at the other glassdoor reviews on OgilvyRED.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "nothing good here"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Pros

    theres a big name thats about it.

    Cons

    b2b work, traditional old men who think they know everything. unconventional thinking is not promoted. no support to creatives. CDs are mediocre they gage every idea based on whether it will win a Canne Lion. If it won't they kill the idea.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not worth the stress"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Planner
    Current Employee - Media Planner
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great name on resume, will gain lots of experience especially when starting out in your career, amenities in the NY office are cool

    Cons

    Company isn't performing well overall, complete lack of support on teams, upper management doesn't take care of junior employees, completely overstretched each day, taking personal time is looked down upon, no work/life balance, constant hiring freezes, client expectations are mismanaged and we don't have the staff to do great work, hard to move up in promotions/salary

    Advice to Management

    Hire more hands to help and care more about culture and work/life balance


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A dinosaur that doesn't value its people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Pros

    Good for building your resume, some really nice people

    Cons

    Terrible compensation, bad hours, hiring & raise freeze (from June 2016- now, June 2017), lack of transparency with raise cycle, leadership is a mess, creative work isn't good, boring client roster (all B2B). If you're considering working for them, don't. Go elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people. They're your best asset.


  7. "Large, dystopian agency with smart people"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Pros

    Many layers of planning and account management and long-running relationships with blue-chip clients. Benefits and compensation are good relative to other agencies. Front-line people tend to be smart and earnest.

    Cons

    Can be top-heavy and offers minimal advancement opportunity. Outsourcing and thin technical staffing has yielded fragile processes and poor adaptability. Some senior executives manage by shaming and threatening. Cliques and gossip are common. Internal communications about business results and organizational structure are vague. Hiring freezes and attrition lead to poor resource allocation and improperly staffed projects. Formal reviews are not implemented in all offices.

  8. "Increasingly irrelevant; incredibly mediocre agency"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Pros

    Some smart people in certain areas. Even a few creative people. Advice to those considering joining - only do so if you have absolutely no other options. Ogilvy on the resume is a black mark if you care about creativity.

    Cons

    The best and brightest leave Ogilvy quickly. (See revolving door at the CCO level and throughout the creative team) This is an agency that does not want to evolve and is led by old white men operating in their own echo chamber of thinking - most of leadership has not worked outside their own walls for decades.

    Advice to Management

    Milk it for all it's worth as you continue to decline to irrelevance and/or being folded into one mega-WPP agency and the Ogilvy name disappears. David has already rolled over a dozen times based on what you've done to his agency.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "OgilvyRED is not a start-up. Don't be fooled (This is a review of OgilvyRED, not Ogilvy & Mather)"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - OgilvyRED Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - OgilvyRED Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being apart of the Ogilvy network.

    Cons

    OgilvyRED brands itself as a start-up within the Ogilvy umbrella, but it really isn't. I realized almost immediately senior management does this to absolve themselves from any potential guilt they may feel from forcing employees to work long hours and weekends. You will not receive any equity in the company, and compensation is below industry competitors.

    Employees that had been with OgilvyRED for a over a year had a lot to complain about. Some of the more common complaints include, never receiving a performance review or guidance with regards to a promotion or raise, having little to no autonomy and being ostracized for having an individual thought or opinion, and being assigned low level tasks (writing up interview notes, designing power point decks,...) as opposed to the cutting edge strategic consulting that was promised during interviewing.

    I was fooled into thinking it was a start-up, and after about a month of working there i regretted accepting the position. I left OgilvyRED for an actual start-up and I am much happier.

    Advice to Management

    Improve employee morale.


  10. "Creative Director"

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

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great brands, great promise. Great history

    Cons

    Too many pigs at the trough. Too top heavy.

    Advice to Management

    Treat senior people who bring in business with the respect they deserve. They can and will leave. Pay is way lower than any other major agency.


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