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Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated 1 March 2015
Updated 1 March 2015
418 Reviews
3.6
418 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 20 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 24 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 (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
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    Art Director

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    Current Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    Pros

    Work-life balance, great office & views. Friendly people.

    Cons

    Clients are conservative, accounts are limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more involved and hands on with managing employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It was a great experience working there. Everyone's hardworking and the environment is encouraging.

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    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Market Research Analyst in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    encouraging environment; helping team members; caring leaders; nice company culture.

    Cons

    pressure too much; work overload; people care less about things besides work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more activities besides work; encourage getting the work done on time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    client service director

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    Current Employee - Client Services Director in Moscow (Russia)
    Current Employee - Client Services Director in Moscow (Russia)

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

    Pros

    great team, good corporate culture, great clients

    Cons

    poor opportunities for professional development, a little bit old fashioned

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better investment into career development,

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Brains bigger than creative chops

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    Current Employee - Planner in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Planner in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    - Smart and kind people, solid accounts, options for movement across departments
    - Big believer in true strategy

    Cons

    - Difficulty in moving up, too much red tape, the program for expense reports is archaic and frustrating
    - Often times goes with safe creative work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sorry to say, but you're driving away young talent. Look to foster it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Very good experience. Great bosses.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    Pros

    Collaborative Environment
    Very cool bosses and upper management
    Creative classes

    Cons

    Small office space!
    Limited promotion opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More group activities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Rewarding

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    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    International brands, big budget accounts and production. Civil working environment, people are decent.

    Cons

    Mostly Business to Business accounts. A fair amount of layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the civility, go after consumer accounts. Keep creative management more consistent, too many changes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing group of creatives and talent-

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    Former Employee - Creative in San Salvador (El Salvador)
    Former Employee - Creative in San Salvador (El Salvador)

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather

    Pros

    Personal growth is the biggest pro at Ogilvy, El Salvador. It is an amazing opportunity to work with global brands. Leadership embraces creativity and strategy. As with every teamwork-oriented organization, there are some employees that get most of the work, and others that just cruise along.

    Cons

    Work-life balance? It's advertising, yet compared to other agencies in the country, Ogilvy is decent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve work-life balance.
    Improve incentives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    It's not the smart Ogilvy you knew and loved.

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

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

    Pros

    CCO Chris G. really wants to make the work better, and is slowly elevating the creative.

    Cons

    Dysfunction. Empty suits. Empty promises. No support. Faux empathy. Never any action taken to help its people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up, and take responsibility for your staff. Recognize the extreme morale problem and stop burying your heads in the sand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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