Ogilvy & Mather

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Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated 21 November 2014
Updated 21 November 2014
381 Reviews
3.7
381 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 11 reviews)

  • Amazing and diverse clients, great work environment, incredibly smart people (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Impossible to have a work life balance due to work pressure and insane expectations from employees (in 26 reviews)

  • Giving your best might mean work long and long hours in the office (in 23 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 (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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Top quality agency, one of the best I've worked for, but still an agency.

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

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

    Pros

    Great brand recognition and top quality people. Ogilvy corporate culture is very strong and they do a good job reminding you why they are the best of the best. The top creative that comes out of the building is truly world-class. I genuinely like most of the people I work with.

    Cons

    Zero work-life balance. Good luck if you want to take an evening class, or even schedule dinner with friends. WPP policy is not to give raises, regardless of performance, which they never measure anyway. Bad behavior at senior level is not only tolerated but respected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire leaders of people at Managing Director level and above, not just business builders. Leaders will inspire their people under intense circumstances and should be evaluated not just on contribution margin, but team retention and creative excellence. Make 360 feedback mandatory.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great culture, smart people. Insane hours.

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There's a bravado that comes with working at Ogilvy. We've got big global clients, smart people, and top-notch facilities. Ogilvy does a lot to foster the culture of the agency too with frequent events, free booze, live bands, and even celebrity guest speakers.

    Cons

    You realize quickly that there are so many amenities because they never want you to leave. As in, like, leave to go home. 12-hour days are normal. Good luck making any evening plans during the week, unless those plans involve co-workers and Landmark across the street, so you can come back to the office after those beers and keep working. But if you're on a good account, maybe you won't mind.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Supportive environment, great place to learn.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Pros

    Smart, mostly nice people. Access to A-list global client roster. Ability to big, cool work.
    Founds some amazing lifelong mentors.

    Cons

    Very big - you'll need to learn how to navigate your way around and make relationships to get your work done.
    You'll need to find for raises and be your own advocate.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Solid culture but needs to work on promotions, raises and career planning

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Unbelievably fun and interesting atmosphere. If you're on the right team, you'll love your boss and management. Surrounded by hard working people you genuinely enjoy getting to know. Excellent benefits and vacation time.

    Cons

    Ogilvy using its name as a crutch. Hopes people will hold out for a pitiful raise every 5 years just because they work at a place with "Ogilvy" on the door. Management has little say on how much or who gets raise pool funds. All controlled by WPP and has a tendency to skew toward account management when it does come through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Competitive raises and promotions will help you retain solid talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Industry pioneer with top-class training

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent agency to work in, especially if it's your first job in the industry. Definitely can benefit from the company's exceptional training programs and vast collection of award-winning cases.

    Cons

    Promotion based on preferences of upper management instead of performances.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good Start

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    Current Employee - Junior Account Manager in Moscow (Russia)
    Current Employee - Junior Account Manager in Moscow (Russia)

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people. Good culture. Transparent network. You do see how international network works. Great for CV.

    Cons

    In Russia the network is not strong enough and feels like it is struggling to win new business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Work hard, play hard

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather

    Pros

    If you work hard you will rewarded with opportunity.

    Cons

    Work hard means long hours.

  10.  

    Very Good

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    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Calcutta (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Calcutta (India)

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good Values & Nice Infrastructure

    Cons

    Limited Growth in Support & Back Office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Working for Ogilvy & Mather was what I expected. A big agency with big heritage and a love of the work.

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    Former Employee - Planning Director Growth Markets in HarbourFront (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Planning Director Growth Markets in HarbourFront (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    The access you have to specialist consultants and big brands with big problems to solve

    Cons

    Unlike smaller agencies it still suffers from lack of integration of the companies within the Ogilvy group. This can make integrated planning frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ogilvy comes into its own when it has an inspirational marketing client who wants to take advantage of what Ogilvy has to offer. In terms of budget, timing and long term commitment to them as a partner.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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