Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated 21 September 2014
Updated 21 September 2014
350 Reviews
3.7
350 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 who really work hard to try and make the company successful (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Impossible to have a work life balance due to work pressure and insane expectations from employees (in 23 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.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent and fun if you can get around talking heads

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    There's always some kind of event going on, and everyone hates the company so they has no problem using any excuse to drink on the job.

    Cons

    Lack of planning from management / account managers leads to a lot of saying yes on their part - when changes should of stopped a long time ago and leading to late nights (im talking 2am / 3am style late nights) from everyone else

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize employees contribution better - i never received a raise while at the company after my first year however I was considered the best in my department BY my department, and by other departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Ok Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good place. nice people, good company to learn wkor

    Cons

    management is quite biased and often promotes sexual harrassment

  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Great agency to learn the business

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather

    Pros

    The agency had many training resources

    Cons

    It was challenging to move up and gain compensation for tenure or new skills.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fast Paced

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    Current Employee - Summer Intern  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The Ogilvy community goes out of its way to help and teach. There is a sense of camaraderie amongst the teams and it's very rewarding when you do a good job. It's such an iconic brand that even working 3-6 months opens so many doors for you.

    Cons

    Even though they try their hardest to reach out to the interns, it's difficult because they still have a job so get ready for a lot of rain checks. It's a deceptively chill environment. You always have to be conscious of what you say because upper management could be in the elevator with you while you're talking about your Friday night.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It has been a nice ride but not a place that values or takes care of their people unless they're in the C-Suite.

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

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

    Pros

    There are some really smart people. Open environment leads to collaboration and it is fun (most of the time).

    Cons

    There is no regular raise or bonus process. People get raises every 2-3 years. Bonuses (if given) are completely arbitrary unless in the C-Suite. I've been with large companies and firms and I have never seen more "clicks" in my life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If upper management cared they would have done things a long time ago. Picking one day a year to tell people "they matter" when nothing anyone does shows this is laughable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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