Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated 23 April, 2015
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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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  1. Great experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working with top notch clients and colleagues, high expectations, good training.

    Cons

    Like all agencies, long-hours and low pay are the norm.

  2. No Work/Life Balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues, extremely smart people working there

    Cons

    No respect for family values
    No work/life balance

  3. ok

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    Former Employee - Copywriter in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Copywriter in Montreal, QC

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    a fine place to work - people, culture, distinctly french is a pro for sure. also being able to be part of a big network

    Cons

    in montreal, we are seen as a branch office that does translation but we also do orginal work for the quebce marlet

    Advice to Management

    encourage original work from all offices and not just french adaptation . the office needs to seen as its own identity

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  5. Helpful (1)

    A good place for newbies to cut their teeth.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you are tough enough to stick it out, and if you are truly passionate about your work, you will gain a lot of valuable experience here. There is a large roster of clients and a lot of different characters (good and bad) which will also add to your experience.

    This is a great place to start an advertising career, and for the most part if you can make it here you can make it pretty much anywhere.

    Cons

    Hard work and brains don't always get recognition in this large, often impersonal work environment. You have to make a lot of noise and really put yourself out there to be acknowledged. It's not for everyone.

    It can sometimes be a sweat shop, with more focus on meeting deadlines and billing hours than quality of work.

    There is a lot of staff turnover and a great deal of anguish to long-time employees who constantly have to pick up the slack.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to discover who your most talented and most valuable employees are, and then let them know. Use those people as ambassadors of the Ogilvy way - it will go a lot further than some of the shortsighted (and thinly veiled) tactics used in the past.

    Also, a little goes a long way. Offer your hardest working employees a free lunch or other small token of appreciation. Remember that there isn't a lot keeping your staff there, and it's very easy for them to be tempted by other offers in the industry.

  6. account inter

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    working with super friendly and inspiring people

    Cons

    wish i could work there for longer time

  7. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic if you're lucky enough to work with the design group

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    Current Freelancer - Freelance Designer in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Freelancer - Freelance Designer in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great mentorship, great sense of community within the design group, opportunities to do really cool pro bono work, fun company events, bloody mary bar on fridays, summer fridays

    Cons

    Lack of concern for design outside of design group, lack of communication between creatives and account execs, can get frustrating as a designer

    Advice to Management

    Promote more cohesion between departments, better filter what work gets assigned to designers, art directors, etc., take control of your own finances

  8. Helpful (1)

    Was ok until the management decided to blow everything up

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Many prestigious company events like yearly event, CNY event, etc

    Cons

    - Focus too much on the old advertising stuff and less on technology
    - Outsourcing alot of the technology side now

  9. Account Executive Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fun, young and exciting environment

    Cons

    Can't think of any really.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  10. It is a great place to make a lot of jobs in many markets

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brasil, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brasil, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Many clients
    Many types of interfaces and solutions
    You can create anything with a good background
    The agency has a big network

    Cons

    Less career opportunities
    Less benefits
    Balance with life is hard

    Advice to Management

    Care people and be less burocratic

  11. great place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    Pros

    smart work, driven to win awards and improve clients' businesses

    Cons

    tough work load. long hours. no raises.

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