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Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Its a very chilled place and fantastic work environment (in 69 reviews)

  • Culture is amazing - very family oriented with a good work-life balance (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • Difficulty in work / life balance (in 64 reviews)

  • Long hours and takes time to get up the ladder (in 63 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Admin"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Global brand with great energy.

    Cons

    Open seating is not best option.


  2. "Great place if you find your niche"

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    Current Employee - Senior Planner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Planner in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Amazing people, great work-life balance, cool opportunities f you can find them

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, low pay, too many cooks in the kitchen too often

  3. "Great People, Poor Compensation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with and you have the flexibility to occasionally work from home,

    Cons

    Compensation package, merit increases are given very infrequently. Limited career opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees at every level, reinvest at all levels and within every department.


  4. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Ogilvy & Mather is indeed a creative, organized and innovative company.

    Cons

    The work schedule is unsteady. Sometimes, you have to work very late.


  5. "Large agency comes with expected large agency lifestyle."

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    Current Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    World class, high end, and award-winning creative work. Very friendly, idea-driven employees.

    Cons

    Difficult to get in and difficult to get promoted. Lots of large agency rhetoric. No review process. They should invest in the employees they currently have a little better.

    Advice to Management

    Take more stock into your employees, keep them happy and reward them. Set goals and and reviews.


  6. "The Chocolate Factory"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Culture & casual dress code
    Flexible working hours & work from home occassionally
    Lots of time off (Vacation time, summer and winter break)
    Onsite cafeteria, credit union, medical facility and gym

    Cons

    Not competitive
    Infrequent & low raises
    Not many opportunities to grow

    Advice to Management

    Give employees timely and competitive raises.


  7. "Digital Media Planner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Co-workers are all energetic and nice to each other. Great environment located in the center of Taipei.

    Cons

    The hours of working are too long and there's no compensation for working late. The pay is low comparing what you've done.

    Advice to Management

    It would be better to have a more horizontal management.

  8. "Large, dystopian agency with smart people"

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    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.


  9. "Greatest Ad agency meets Great ideas"

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    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


  10. "Make Brands Matter"

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    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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