Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated 16 October, 2014
Updated 16 October, 2014
364 Reviews
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364 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 25 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
  2.  

    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.

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  5.  

    Great place to work at

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    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart folks, good growth, very little politics and things just get done!

    Cons

    bad if you are not a creative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on the suits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    Pros

    Best 4A brand and good culture

    Cons

    Chalenge from Digital and Social

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    Great place to work at and LEARN!

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

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Pros

    This place is a great place to learn the tricks of the trade. The creative department is a great place to be.

    Cons

    Work-life balance, like in any ad agency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just see that your team is not burnt out to death

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    Pros

    There is a positive work environment. The people working here are happy and friendly. The company has lots of important and interesting clients. There is room for improving the company and making an impact.

    Cons

    Compensation is lacking. People must work long hours without over time pay or bonuses. There is little continuity between offices.

  9.  

    Great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather

    Pros

    Very nice peoples around and hospitality. Well structured company, everything in order.

    Cons

    Might need to work late quite often, because lack of man power (but all for the great work)

  10.  

    Great company, bad pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing and diverse clients, great work environment, incredibly smart people

    Cons

    Bad pay, some entitlement and rudeness coming from people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Corporate Culture

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance, creative environment. The corporate culture really does foster creativity and the hours are great.

    Cons

    lack of transparency among senior management

    Recommends
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