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Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated September 18, 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)

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  1. "A great place to work (despite low salaries)"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of hardworking and smart people and an opportunity to work for the legendary "Ogilvy" brand. It's very acceptable (and encouraged) for employees to move to another group or department for career growth (the process may be slow). Good health benefits, company-contributed 401(k) plan, free onsite gym (for staff, not freelance), onsite medical facility that can diagnose and prescribe medications among other things (staffed with a P.A. and nurses), lots of discounts to take advantage of, several professional networks. Good vacation policy and lots of holiday time off.

    Cons

    Infrequent and low raises (across all levels). Depending on your department and manager, promotions can be a long-time coming. Expense report system is very difficult and time-consuming and it can take employees a long time to get reimbursed (major understatement).

    Advice to Management

    Give employees timely (i.e. NOT once every five years or more) and competitive raises. You will continue to lose good talent if this isn't made a priority (i.e. referring to the good talent in the "lower" ranks, not the senior executives or C-suite). Fix the expense reporting problems. Cut out the bureaucracy that stifles the ability to get things done across departments.


  2. "Creative"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Pros

    Amazing group of people to work with

    Cons

    challenging environment for creative work

  3. "Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment and brilliant people

    Cons

    Poor communication from senior managemnt

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent


  4. "Account Executive"

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

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Pros

    Nice coworkers. Lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    The salary wasn't competitive at all. Working overtime was so normal.


  5. "designer"

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

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Pros

    very good for your personal portfolio

    Cons

    very hard working environment, and political


  6. "The Best Agency I've Worked At"

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

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

    Pros

    - Incredibly smart people, whom are experts at their craft
    - Always ahead of the curve when changes come to changes to the industry and new technologies/platforms.
    - Very collaborative work environment.
    - Top notch creative talent.
    - Inclusive, diverse and welcoming culture.

    Cons

    - Pay raises have become very difficult to attain - due to holding company pressures/pay freezes.


  7. "Decent pay, overcontrolling management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.

  8. "You Can't Beat the People"

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

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

    Pros

    There truly is no culture like Ogilvy's. When they say it's a family the mean it.

    Cons

    That said, no family is perfect. Upward mobility in for title and salary can be a little tricky.


  9. "Digital Production"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Pros

    teams are well-staffed, good work/life balance

    Cons

    boring at times, no raises


  10. "Make your own way"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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