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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. A good start

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great place to start an ad carreer

    Cons

    Benefits, salary and treatment of staff is not good.

  2. Account management internship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

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

    Pros

    Big brands global exposure
    Good name

    Cons

    Not structured
    No mentorship or followin up interns
    very much up to intern to make the internship

  3. Excellent company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

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

    Pros

    Getting to work in a company that consistently producing high quality, cutting edge communications work, that has a global network to tap into, some of the world's best creatives, managers and brand strategists and an impressive roster of clients.

    Cons

    The compensation and salaries in advertising are not quite as high as in other industries - although the benefits are plentiful.

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  5. 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.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Stressful oppressive work environment

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    Former Employee - Art Director in London, England
    Former Employee - Art Director in London, England

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

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

    Pros

    The best thing about working at O & M is that it's a big company so you get to work on big campaigns for brands that everyone has heard of. If you do well you get to travel to fun locations to shoot. There are some nice people who work here, especially in accounts.

    Cons

    The office culture is stressful and stifling. Get ready for frequent overtime. People think less of you if you leave on time. (Hardly anyone does, at least in my department.) Also, men run the show, are given better briefs, and if you're a woman you're usually taken less seriously if you're under 40 years old. There are quite a few sexist jokes and some quiet sexual harassment that goes on. Also, it's a very corporate, uncool place to work. And the office is really ugly and overcrowded.

    Advice to Management

    Work/life balance needs to be addressed. I constantly overhear people saying they're unhappy and that there's no space to work or quiet places.

  7. Helpful (1)

    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 (More than 3 years)

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

    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 Management

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

  8. Helpful (2)

    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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  9. Helpful (3)

    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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Helpful (1)

    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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. 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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

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