Ogilvy & Mather

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Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated 23 February, 2015
Updated 23 February, 2015
417 Reviews
3.6
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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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  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

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues, extremely smart people working there

    Cons

    No respect for family values
    No work/life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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
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    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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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