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Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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Pros
  • They focus heavily on company culture and making it a great work environment (in 58 reviews)

  • teams are well-staffed, good work/life balance (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Great people, solid work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Pros

    The people here are amazing. They're smart, they're kind, they're funny, and they don't care about rank. They care about who has the best thing to say. Of course, if you're an introvert or tend to take a lot of words to say very little, this sort of environment might be a bit challenging as people overlook you for more confident and concise idea sharers. Still, it's a great way to learn how to shape your craft and navigate working with different types of people.

    Cons

    The brands we work on are big, established players with so many stakeholders involved. It can sometimes take a really long time to gain buy in on an idea from all of them, and by the time you do, it might be too late to execute the full vision. Can be kind of a bummer to see great ideas continuously whittled down.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing to ensure smart strategies turn into fully realized creative.


  2. "Solid"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart and grown-up with great resources

    Cons

    The location in Hell's Kitchen!


  3. "Staple of the advertising industry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Ogilvy & Mather is huge and in NYC you can feel it. Headquartered in a building of 11 floors, O&M feels like a tank: big, influential and powerful. Like the agency itself, O&M's clients are big, multinational companies that pay big bucks to advertise their product. There is no shortage of work and no shortage of friendly faces doing it.

    Cons

    While O&M has many clients, a lot of the work done for those clients is intended to keep the lights on. Sometimes creativity takes a seat in order to please the client and grant their wishes. O&M churns out work like a factory however sometimes the sense of creative-urgency is missing in their assembly-line.

    Advice to Management

    If it doesn't sell, It isn't creative. But if it isn't creative, it won't sell.


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  5. "Senior Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great friendly environment. The culture is one of the best I have worked in.

    Cons

    It is really tough for junior level employees to move up. Employee reviews are not consistent and do not lead to much action when actually done.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fun place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Eclectic environment
    - Supportive people
    - Good inclusion of interns with full time employees

    Cons

    - Long hours can be stressful at times

    Advice to Management

    No specific advice, good company to work for


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Great Exposure
    - Great Opportunity
    - Great Benefits

    Cons

    - Top Heavy
    - Low Pay
    - Bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the little people!


  8. "Great advertising agency"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    worldwide known clients, creative atmosphere, friendly team

    Cons

    too much overwork hours, last minute meetings


  9. "Talented and fun strategy team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Pros

    Some of the best brains in advertising and people with 20+ years experience mean there's someone who can help you with any problem you're facing. North America clients are large and often B2B. There's a gym, cafeteria, health clinic on-site at NY HQ. Teams are especially talented and fun! There's potential to transfer within Ogilvy's global network.

    Cons

    Some of the teams have too many layers of middle management and a very serious/Corporate culture, despite being an agency! Find the fun teams like the strategy or the Content+Social group.

    Advice to Management

    Remove P&Ls between the teams to encourage "one Ogilvy" way of working.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Summer Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Inter (Planning) in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Inter (Planning) in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great, organized program with speaker series, social events, and trainings that help you familiarize yourself with the industry
    - i worked in the strategy department (planning) on global accounts and enjoyed working with senior planners to uncover insights that ultimately inform advertisements on TV / digital

    Cons

    - the ad industry is an interesting place to be right now. especially for a young person, your agency really has to adapt to digital to stay relevant. i think ogilvy is doing a lot to stay current but also has a long way to go

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to change and expand the digital parts of your business. It's part of WPP so it's undeniably held by other interests. Still, the culture is great and i enjoyed every day i worked there


  11. "Ogilvy Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at Ogilvy are very nice; many well-seasoned professionals that have been there for years that really know their stuff.

    Cons

    Pros said, some people can be stuck in their ways.1

    Advice to Management

    Try to help individuals shine more.



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