Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated 13 September 2014
Updated 13 September 2014
348 Reviews
3.7
348 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A roller-coaster between launching great work, and knock-backs of great work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    • Some great people at the agency
    • Are able to get some great work and ideas produced, and also bought by clients
    • Good benefits

    Cons

    • As a large agency, occasionally bureaucracy and layers of process get in the way of producing things
    • Could be easy to get pigeonholed into a specific area, without scope for variance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going with the current aims. And try and push for some things to 'just get done' rather than talking about them.

    Recommends
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Professional, well-structured and creative environment. Great development opportunities!

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    Current Employee - Accounts Executive  in  City of London, England
    Current Employee - Accounts Executive in City of London, England

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great development opportunities
    Discounts
    Room to move up the ladder
    Interesting Lectures and training

    Cons

    Expensive area to work in
    Canteen is good but could be better
    Limited in terms of kitchen area: lack of enough fridges and there are no toasters
    Can occasionally be long hours and stressful environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some toasters! Move to a bigger office that's not in Canary Wharf!

    Recommends
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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to work, but lots of politics and hard to advance.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    Pros

    London office is a nice environment to work in, most staff are approachable and friendly.
    Company has good benefits and are good with supporting staff if there are personal problems.
    Company has in house bar!

    Cons

    Very poor in regard to pay reviews and personal advancement for non account management staff.
    Large company with little interaction between departments.
    Company are slow to action new projects, very hard to get anything done which needs inter-department co-operation.
    Little opportunity to progress unless you're constantly sucking up to management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to be more appraisals for staff and pay reviews or you'll leak experienced staff to other agencies. This isn't a new idea, Ogilvy is known for it. Keep the talent and develop it, stop employing 'new blood' whilst losing unhappy talented staff.

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  5.  

    Company was fun to work for

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    Current Employee - Media Planner  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Media Planner in London, England

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    Pros

    There is a relaxed environment and informality that lends itself to a comfortable working atmospohere. Supervisors recognize good work and leadership potential.

    Cons

    The informality sometimes leads to unprofessionalism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Supervisors should judge when it is appropriate to share personal information.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Great familial atmosphere, lots of camaraderie, downside is the fuddy duddy roster of clients

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    Former Employee - Accounts Planner  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Accounts Planner in London, England

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather

    Pros

    The company's imbued with a real sense of warmth and friendliness. Has a great sense of community and is bursting with camaraderie. The openness and wholesale lack of ego mean it often feels more like a family than a firm. The firm is huge, so awash with global opportunities if you know where to look. Its big, blue-chip big clients mean the company has a greater stability than many other ad agencies. Its 360 approach mean that there are also opportunities to change role and client quite often, if you have the aptitude. Generally a gentle, lovely place to work.

    Cons

    Its upside is also its downside. It friendly, familial attitude is partly the result of its comfortable position as an established brand with a solid roster of clients. This comfortable position means the company can tend towards the complacent. Its mainly conservative, blue-chip clients mean it's also less able to do creative work, as a result of which, ambitious creatives can quickly get frustrated by seeing their edgiest work constantly rejected. The friendliness of the company is partly a result of the lack of competitiveness amongst the employees, which is partly the result of the rather sleepy atmosphere of the place and the glacial pace of change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide young, up and coming talent with more opportunities to explore their creativity, beef up the creative department

    Recommends
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  7.  

    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
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  8.  

    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

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  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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

  11.  

    manager

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    Current Employee - Media Manager
    Current Employee - Media Manager

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

    Pros

    Great learning place. Worldwide presence allows integration and know how depending on the job title you own. Very dynamic and need to be used to pressure.

    Cons

    Not expect to be promoted unless you show your job to the right person: The decision makers. Management is typically changing the structure. Need upgrade in certain areas.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO

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