Ogilvy Employee Reviews about "great people"

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  • "Great people work at this company(in 103 reviews)

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  • "lots of long hours and late nights(in 217 reviews)

  • "Be prepared for long working hours, the HR can do much better(in 72 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Associate Program

      Mar 26, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people work at this company

      Cons

      Nothing of note to share

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    2. 4.0
      Former Intern

      Loved it!

      Jan 13, 2021 - Currently Unemployed and Seeking Work in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Great people -Lots of perks -Cool experiences

      Cons

      -Sometimes there were lulls in the day, not much to do

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    3. 1.0
      Former Freelancer, more than 1 year

      Runaway!

      Feb 13, 2020 - Technician 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people pass through there. Flexible environment.

      Cons

      Log jam at dept heads. No room for growth. Camp pant is bogged down with folks who have been there for 20 or more years,who have been in the same positions for that entire time. No growth or appreciation.

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good exposure to traditional agency, no room for professional growth

      Apr 17, 2019 - Account Executive in West Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people and interesting portfolio of traditional clients

      Cons

      Work moved too slow, salaries/promotions were scarce and overall professional growth was not fostered

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Happy Everyday

      Aug 23, 2018 - Director in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people Excellent creative work Autonomy Feel make huge contribution and impact

      Cons

      Lack of communication from leadership

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Going through a rough patch

      Dec 14, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people, culture, and work

      Cons

      With some of the changes happening in the company and industry, the focus on the people has been ignored and it has caused mass turnover.

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Seek employment elsewhere

      Nov 25, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      A lot of great people who care about workplace comraderie. With the exception of a few people everyone is respectful so you don’t generally have to deal with workplace conflict. Good work life balance.

      Cons

      If you are considering a job here, I’d read the other posts on here. All pretty accurate. There is absolutely no direction or vision for the future of the company. “Goals” are a moving target, and direction changes every six months. Leadership chases every whim. There is very little support on new business efforts, and zero marketing direction. It’s nearly impossible to differentiate Effective from every other UX agency out there. If anything, there are many others that are better. They offer a very one dimensional service, especially since a lot of focus has been taken away from research. Lots of talk about culture, but ended up being mostly fake. Lots of lip service. Leadership is largely unqualified, and too far removed from the day to day. There are a couple that are very difficult to work with and create internal roadblocks to actually getting your job done. Also, it was announced at the end of 2016 that Effective would officially roll up into Ogilvy, the parent company. They have fought this, tooth and nail, instead of figuring out ways to seemlessly roll into Ogilvy.

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      Ogilvy Response

      DIrector, Talent Management

      We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. We know Effective isn't for everyone, but it's a bummer to hear you felt the culture was fake and we have a weak service offering. Based on what many employees have shared here on Glassdoor and in person, those are two of our strongest attributes! There's no denying 2017 has been a challenging year as we work through our integration with Ogilvy. To say we're fighting it tooth and nail feels like an exaggeration but if that was your experience we can't argue it. We will take this as an opportunity to look at our communication practices to ensure other employees are not getting this same impression. It was hard to read your thoughts on the leadership team. We're not always going to get everything right, but we are committed to learning from our missteps, and being authentic and transparent even when it's really hard. We know that doesn't always feel good. Thank you again for your feedback and we wish you the best in your future endeavors.

    8. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      EffectiveUI knows the game, and it shows in the people and the work.

      Apr 8, 2013 - User Experience Designer in Denver, CO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The people. There are some very smart, talented, and genuinely nice folks that work at EffectiveUI. They are what make the company great as an employee. EffectiveUI also acknowledges fully that investing in happy employees, and maintaining a good work-life balance are going to help them retain great people. EffectiveUI has always felt like a family - they treat people fairly and are very supportive.

      Cons

      The work does not come in consistently - more feast or famine. And the nature of much of the work is generally not particularly thrilling or interesting - mostly transactional, portal, financial, etc. There's still a lot of money and opportunity in these fields, so it makes a great deal of sense in terms of business, but it's not the most invigorating work.

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    9. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      down hill

      Apr 22, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      Working in the Merchandise Mart is extremely convenient. 25 cent pop and free ice cream and massages. Although I think those luxuries will be axed soon to increase profit margin. There are opportunities to move laterally in agency from one department to another. There are some great people who work here.

      Cons

      Low wages, no raises, no bonuses, or even cost-of-living raises. What you get as an offer will likely stick with you until you leave. It feels as though managers always seem to scapegoat the Parent company. Losing perks? The parent company needs bigger profit margin. Want a raise? The parent company has to provide additional funds before that can be thought of. Still want a raise? You must be on a list, but if you are not high enough then you're SOL. Want a promotion? The parent company must wait until Jupiter and Mars align with Uranus, and if you do get a promotion, often a title change but no raise. At your interview, they say everything right when it comes to growth. But then you find that performance reviews/feedback never happen, and many hoops have to be jumped through for any growth. There is also obvious favoritism for some departments over others, when ALL departments are needed for an efficient agency. Huge revolving door at this place for a reason. There are also some directors who have no business being directors and have terrible people skills. But, that can be found anywhere!

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    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Mislead by Leadership

      Nov 17, 2016 - User Experience Designer in Rochester, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Excellent place to learn, and develop strong working relationships with people in multiple cities. I learned more here in one year that I ever could have imagined. Very flexible work hours, and freedom given to employees. Great people to work with. Amazing pay.

      Cons

      Leadership tends to hide objectives and long-term plans from the employees, providing a false sense of security and trust. The Rochester office was fully-functioning, and then was starved out of business. Sales and projects that were won by the Rochester office were taken away and given to NYC and Denver. Inevitably, upper management cut off all business from Rochester, and then laid all but a handful of people off. Only 3 still remain, so the office will most likely close by the end of the year. It's hard to trust your CEO after something so blindsiding.

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