Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated 28 September 2014
Updated 28 September 2014
356 Reviews
3.6
356 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work / Life balance is pretty good and you get the X'mas / New Year week off (in 10 reviews)

  • Great people, good atmosphere and if you pushed hard enough, some good work (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Impossible to have a work life balance due to work pressure and insane expectations from employees (in 24 reviews)

  • Giving your best might mean work long and long hours in the office (in 22 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Ogilvy Sydney - going through growing pains

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    Former Employee - Account Director  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Account Director in Sydney

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people, as in many agencies, are great - pretty much across the board (with the odd jerk)

    Cons

    Opportunities seemed limited; some 'ol' timers' rusted on and never to forsake their positions of comfort

    Still feeling the stain of the change from Singleton Ogilvy and Mather - culturally and structurally

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going - keep pushing - but do much more to recognize its the people inside the business that drive success

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Corporate Culture

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance, creative environment. The corporate culture really does foster creativity and the hours are great.

    Cons

    lack of transparency among senior management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Experience

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Culture is awesome in the Chicago office. Its almost like everyone is your friend. Cant say much about the other offices.

    Cons

    The work could be more exciting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to start

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    Pros

    Smart people, great office, name recognition

    Cons

    Bad compensation, slow bureaucracy, no real creative development program

  6.  

    Good but can improve

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    Current Employee - Associate Media Director  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Media Director in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Ogilvy has an amazing culture with a strong basis in openness and acceptance. Plenty of great and intelligent people.

    Cons

    Compensation is below average relative to some of the other major agencies. As is common in this industry, issues with promotions even when a business case exists.

    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great learning experiences for those uninitiated in advertising world

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great training support that pushes people to develop and grow. Vast network across the globe so traveling and ideas exchanges are fluid.

    Cons

    Lower compensation and could be quite cut throat in the terms of business growth. Expect typical long hour and crazy deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearer transparency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good experience over all. Great people which made the job rewarding even if the work was sometimes mediocre.

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    Former Employee - Art Director (Above the Line)  in  Sydney (Vanuatu)
    Former Employee - Art Director (Above the Line) in Sydney (Vanuatu)

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, good atmosphere and if you pushed hard enough, some good work.

    Cons

    Giving into client demands way to easily which affected the quality of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think longer term objectives rather than short term financial gains

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Lots of work, no work-life balance

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Executive  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Executive in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    work with big brands, big companies

    Cons

    no one respects your work there, only the big tycoons are repsected

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great brands, great exposure, non-existent career advancement.

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    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, Great brands – you'll work on some of the biggest brands in the world. Great exposure to the grand agency idea. Lots of killer work for your book.

    Cons

    Get what you want coming in. Don't expect a bonus unless your leadership level. You will get burnt out. They really chew you up here. Sometimes design is at best a tertiary thought.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize your people, don't let the only raises be based on job offers from other companies. Leadership needs to remember the people in the trenches — which they don't.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Intern at O&M

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Intern in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    BRAND HYPE, Location, easy support

    Cons

    Late Nights, senior pressure, Bad mouthed studio.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please treat people as living beings ... They also have life!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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