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Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated December 14, 2017
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Ogilvy & Mather Global CEO John Seifert
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  • Difficulty in work / life balance (in 70 reviews)

  • Long hours and takes time to get up the ladder (in 67 reviews)

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  1. "Happy on the outside, hating life in the inside"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People: I would describe most people as congenial, outgoing
    Benefits: Good
    Environment: Warehouse/industrial, senior mgmt attempts to provide a layed back environment

    Cons

    People: Behind the nice exterior lies extremely stressed out, and mostly manipulative people, expects you to automatically know everything w/ little or no training.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people to balance out the extreme work load, provide compensation for overtime hours, don't expect everyone to stay till 8-11pm everyday!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Creative are Commodities"

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

    Pros

    Go there later and your career and get big money.

    Cons

    Creatives get little respect by upper management
    Creatives have little voice over direction of company
    Sr Management is arrogant beyond belief
    Raises are tiny and rare, so get it all when you take the job
    Sr Managers have little experience running a giant company like Ogilvy
    Accountants run the place
    It's run by fear and intimidation
    You'd have to be crazy to work there as a Creative.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice to offer Sr Leadership. Because they wouldn't take it.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Too many bloated salaried senior managers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great experience working at a huge agency. I've learned a lot and done some great work.

    Cons

    Promotions and salary increases rarely happen unless you're buddy buddy with Seifert. People have gone YEARS without raises despite the agency being quite profitable. We're told there isn't enough money to give everyone raises, yet we keep getting "Co-CFO's" and other senior staffers hired and relocated to make it look like we have amazing talent which is just a new business ploy. No effort is made to keep existing business.

    Advice to Management

    Get caught up on promotions and raises or the steady turnover will continue. People rarely stay longer than 2 years.


  4. "Will the Real Ogilvy & Mather Please stand up?"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Spectacular view and very comfortable office environment with up to date technology. Great location that makes working here a plus. Most employees have great attitudes and are for the most part good people.

    Cons

    Big office politics drive down morale and destroy culture. Too many bosses make it very difficult to get the job done while constant micro management interfere with good thinking. Constant layoffs, low salaries and reactionary leadership create friction amongst all employees. No room to grow or advance in your career.

    Advice to Management

    Change needs to happen from the top down, senior leadership and middle management are destroying the office from within.


  5. "Great people and wonderful brands"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brands and direct report was the best I have ever worked with

    Cons

    Never had a review or raise...had to ask for raise

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the workhorses and at least give reviews ever few years


  6. "Terrible company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Free Starbucks and nice building.

    Cons

    I thought the place was strange when i when for an interview and they asked me if i would be ok with wearing pajamas to work on "pajamas day"!! i like to think of my self as a professional with a masters degree, not someone who wears pajamas to work. but i needed a job. Let's just say the interview was the normal compared to how the place is ran.

    My advice: do yourself a favor and find a better job. You cant really get much worse.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more intelligent people that actually belong being managers.


  7. "Account Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You have Ogilvy on your resume

    Cons

    top heavy and no room for advancement. They favor the weak and the ones who actually work, they keep down

  8. "Tiny amount of top creative talent to guide you but not good enough to inspire - nowhere near"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company with big accounts and potential, no talent in US specially at the very top but there is some elsewhere in the global network.

    Cons

    Creative talent/ambition in NY office non-existent - not an opinion, a fact: Ogilvy was top network at Cannes two years running with zero Lions/contribution from Ogilvy US. A glaring con.

    Advice to Management

    New top management - particularly creative but not exclusively - desperately needed at Ogilvy US NOW! Perhaps Miles Young be more directly involved there?


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Management Sucks; Some Arrogant Co-workers; Great health insurance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Big brand name
    2. Medical insurance is great
    3. Fast-paced (also means you will hear a lot of "give me this work ASAP")

    Cons

    1. No career development: managers does not care much about your professional development, even if you have tried to address your concerns

    2. Lack of collaboration: the way the manager handle the projects make it difficult to understand what another person is doing even if you all work on the same project

    3. No salary raise, even if your landlord increase the rent, Ogilvy would not

    4. No transparency in terms of promotion: 1) no performance review. Technically, there is a system but only HR claims that they care. 2) sometime you do not even know why some people got promoted but some did not.

    5. Some people are pretty arrogant: people who can work here are, generally speaking, pretty smart and come from pretty good background. However, people are generally also very arrogant. You can some people in the same team who would refuse to talk to you or even look at you in the elevator just because you don't work on the same client project.

    6. Most projects the NYC office have are pretty terrible.

    Advice to Management

    1. Talk to your people. Those juniors may have not worked with you directly but you all in the same team/function. You are all even sitting in the same area.

    2. Try to understand what your employees need. Clients are important, and so are your employees.

    3. Managers who became managers not because they are ready or are capable of managing people but because of their job title. Think about this fact!

    4. You should all go back to take some manager training classes and most importantly put it into practice.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Good for your resume, bad for your growth and confidence"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great client names, super creative/ nice/ smart coworkers, good for your resume, incredible learning opportunities = you end up stretching well above your job title, invitations to industry events, opens up a LOT of doors very quickly, make friends in your field

    Cons

    Extremely top-heavy management, no clear direction on department or career goals, no reviews/ raises even when you've already proven yourself capable of handling larger projects, little opportunity to grow beyond the job title you start in, HR is worse than useless = they're detrimental, little training provided, you're at the mercy of your direct manager and they may not be out to help you


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