Ogilvy & Mather

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Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated 16 November, 2014
Updated 16 November, 2014
379 Reviews
3.7
379 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.  

    No Work/Life Balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues, extremely smart people working there

    Cons

    No respect for family values
    No work/life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    ok

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

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    No opinion of CEO
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    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
  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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