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Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Its a very chilled place and fantastic work environment (in 63 reviews)

  • good work /life balance depending on your manager and client (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Difficulty in work / life balance (in 59 reviews)

  • Long hours, reluctance to hire additional staff to pick up the slack (in 58 reviews)

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  1. "Decent pay, overcontrolling management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. "Make your own way"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you can find a niche, there are opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Feels like a very disjointed set of separate businesses

    Advice to Management

    You need to break down silo's between operating units.


  3. "Art Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great perks, nice people, clients with big budgets.

    Cons

    No mentorship, no growth for mid-level creatives, corporate vibe.


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  5. "Pretty good but change/progress slow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Copywriter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Copywriter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of nice, smart people and blue chip brands

    Cons

    enormous waste and tons of politics. Lack of transparency

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to change and don't just talk the talk. Use the studios to make original content and don't always bill!


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    "Director of Digital Client Services"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Digital Client Services in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director of Digital Client Services in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Ogilvy is a massive network of multi-disciplinary specialists. If it can be done it advertising it can be done at Ogilvy. The opportunity to learn, and grow is as massive as the client roster.
    Work/Life balance is great, and is supported by our policies, such as maternity, remote access, and other special needs options. There are a myriad of extra curricular groups, and a ton of inventive fun, all in the name of the Ogilvy brand.

    Cons

    Because Ogilvy is so large, it can often be difficult to navigate. Your career goals can often be lost in the name of client and project needs. It can be hard to be heard, and easy to be overlooked.
    Advancement can feel unbalanced, and you can often times feel detached from some of the broader success that the agency experiences.


  7. "Life at the Chocolate Factory"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, lots of social events, great cafeteria and a lot of opportunities to learn about advertising.

    Cons

    Long walks from the subway. Long hours. Below market rate pay.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the benefits and increase the salaries.


  8. "Creative Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great roster of big, International brands. The strength of the different disciplines. The opportunity to learn from a range of different specialists. An emphasis on training.

    Cons

    Like many big agencies, they are slow to evolve in a world that is getting faster. Smaller outfits are beginning to make them feel like a Dinosaur. The conflict between competing disciplines creates barriers to genuine integration. The cost of supporting a large network full of high-cost players who deliver questionable value means the offering is very costly for clients. An obsession with creative awards and winning at all costs has completely undermined the value of the offering to clients. It is yesterday's thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Scale back the network. Build client units where disciplines don't need to fight for revenue. Celebrate the right kind of creative work and people. Be big big but try harder to feel small.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Fun while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Account Director in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Account Director in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great flex-time, lots of autonomy

    Cons

    Didn't have an actual O&M office so had to reside at a sister location when the core team was located in another state. A bit discombobulated.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your subordinates especially if they are in a different state than you. Their needs for leadership might not be met.


  10. "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and office culture

    Cons

    Not room for growth with in the company


  11. "Great Place to Start Your Career"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director, New Business in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director, New Business in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - If you want to learn the ins and outs of agency culture because you are uncertain of what your place in the marketing landscape looks like, work at Ogilvy & Mather

    Cons

    - Archaic model, no work-life balance what-so-ever, and likely will work with a senior leader who will make you feel inadequate at some point in time

    Advice to Management

    Retaining solid entry level employees is important



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