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OgilvyOne London Reviews

Updated October 23, 2017
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  1. "Big agency that is not for everyone"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at OgilvyOne London full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good name for open doors
    Big budget projects

    Cons

    No agency energy
    Managements seems to like people who can talk rather than work
    No career progression
    Red taps
     Low pay


  2. "A good company to work for . . ."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at OgilvyOne London full-time

    Pros

    - Fantastic location right on the South Bank
    - Open plan work space with laid back environment
    - Top quality restaurant and bar available to employees with panoramic views of the London skyline

    Cons

    - Can be a little noisy and with hot desking, there is no guarantee you'll be sitting with your team
    - Unless you can make your mark to stand out, you'll just be seen as another cog driving the business along
    - If you don't mind working long hours then this company is great, otherwise trying to figure out a work/ life balance is almost impossible

  3. "Good place to learn, large agency"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing place to learn from, some very talented people work there.

    Cons

    Because of the size of the agency, it can be difficult to get noticed.


  4. "Lovely people and ethos but an agency on the decline and lacking direction"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at OgilvyOne London full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great cerebral culture
    Ambition to focus on strategy (though not often born out by what clients want to pay for)
    Fantastic opportunities to learn in the office with guest speakers
    Create your own opportunities - chance for thought leadership, setting up your own internal enterprises
    Some tier 1 clients that really push the quality of how you need to work

    Cons

    No leadership whatsoever - nothing at CEO/MD level and this trickles down to all levels. There are no targets, no goals, no personal reviews so it's impossible to know what success looks like.
    'Grafters' rather than talented people get promoted, so this also proportionally dis-favours women.
    No bonuses and zero chance of pay rise in role - don't ask, as you will never get.
    In the decline for many years -no strategic focus, lots of redundancies and talented people walking out when they see the lack of growth.
    Clients can be bullies - very little attempt to reign in bad behaviour, meaning the team's graft needlessly and feel undermined.
    Not properly costing / resourcing work so at times on the worst projects it can feel like a sweat shop.
    Don't believe it if they say you're on a fixed term contract and they will make it permanent - this agency is declining rapidly and fixed term is just that.
    Projects can be made overly complex and procedural which makes the agency too un-agile and too expensive

    Advice to Management

    Have a plan and communicate it! Focus on keeping your people - it's not 'all about the work' as you say but it's actually about the people you've got - who feel totally undervalued. They could also be advocating/selling on your behalf but don't feel motivated as there's no personal gain to bring in new work.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great People Not so great Management"

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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 OgilvyOne London full-time

    Pros

    Great People fantastic atmosphere and great building

    Cons

    Bad Management, it's who you know in management that determines whether you have a job. 3 great people and they keep the one that has the most time on and swears the most foul language and the least experience all because that person is personal friends with management. Ogilvyone is nothing about skillset and experience its about who you know.

    Advice to Management

    Start running your company with your head and stop keeping incompetent people on.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Underpaid"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at OgilvyOne London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well known agency group, part of networked agency, good office, bar with £3 pints, some global clients

    Cons

    Underpaid. Overworked. Under-resourced teams and a general staff who are paid a fraction senior management, with little career progression and no structured promotions

    Advice to Management

    Sort out career development, pay staff better, and do more work


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Overworked Underpaid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at OgilvyOne London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some good people, free coffee, looks good on your CV, decent location, flexible working hours, used to be a great agency alas no more

    Cons

    No work life balance, no recognition, no pay rises, politics it's like being in a school playground, management changes NOT for the better, company struggling and as a result more work is piled on you. Ridiculous deadlines.. You are a number not a name your hard work and believe you me its hard is never recognised or rewarded. It's like flogging a dead horse.

    Advice to Management

    Select the correct people to head up the departments not the cheap options. Reward the right people for their hard work not just middle management upwards!

  8. Helpful (2)

    "What hasn't been said!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at OgilvyOne London full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -some great intelligent people work here which you can learn from if their not busy
    -free coffee
    -you can walk away with some experience just really hard ones

    Cons

    -a lot of politics from within that hinder the good deeds of those who try to allow people to grow in their team
    -lack of recognition for certain departments and people
    -promotions very rare (favourites)
    -don't ever expect a pay rise
    -benefits aren't great
    -working is not challenging enough, there's too much bread and butter work
    -majority of projects have too many amends, a lot of back and forth with clients and lack any judgement on realistic deadlines which leads to poor work output
    -they keep reminiscing work they've done years ago to make them sound great...YEARS AGO...Ogilvy bubble
    -poor planning and communication in teams which leads to late weeks, frustration and less care over work
    -allows the client to become the consultant and expert on their own project. Which leads them to dictate the agency on what they need to deliver completely ignoring all the strategic thought and craft. This ends up with an unsatisfied client and poor work coming out of the agency
    -you find that you will be working for other agencies within Ogilvy which you did not sign up for. This means more late nights working for another agency. It has been flagged up...many times
    -poor work life balance
    -a lot of people reflect their experience in Ogilvy as a high school experience with all the politics dramas and social oustings
    -Work gets passed around a lot which also means no ownership over projects
    -your segregated in your departments and rarely see other team mates when on a project. Quite a faceless experience which furthers how bland the work environment can be. You can feel like just a production unit with only the project manger to confer with
    -you can easily work there without being noticed
    -slow process to get things done which inevitably brings down how fast you work
    -you can easily be replaced and your work taken over with no credit to your hard work

    Advice to Management

    -train your managers
    -get departments to mix when working on projects this will help with speeding up the process and get rid of some of the politics that spawn from slow communication
    -show recognition, even for the small man in your team he's the one that holds you all up
    -get the team on a project sitting together and get all of them to attend the meetings right from the beginning so their all on the same page with less friction
    -people need to respect each other roles and not take over jobs it just leads to more friction and poor work
    -pick inclusive people not exclusive ones (big egos)
    -turn this into a serious agency that produces good work not just the one big idea


  9. "Great for contractors"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Content Strategist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Content Strategist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and fun work with an excellent team

    Cons

    Some long hours but they feed you


  10. "Senior Account Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people, are interesting, fun, enjoyable to work with - overall.

    Cons

    Work can be tough, long hours, poor pay, tough to get a promotion or pay rise

    Advice to Management

    bonuses