Ogilvy & Mather
3.7 of 5 312 reviews
www.ogilvy.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 22, 2014
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Ogilvy & Mather Global CEO Miles Young

Miles Young

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79% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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 15 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work/life balance not easy to find (never is in this industry)"
    in 21 reviews
  • "Giving your best might mean work long and long hours in the office"
    in 21 reviews
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A roller-coaster between launching great work, and knock-backs of great work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
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 Senior ManagementKeep going with the current aims. And try and push for some things to 'just get done' rather than talking about them.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Accounts Executive (Current Employee)
City of London, England

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

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

ConsExpensive 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 Senior ManagementGet some toasters! Move to a bigger office that's not in Canary Wharf!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

ProsLondon 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!

ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementNeeds 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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Company was fun to work for

Media Planner (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

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

ConsThe informality sometimes leads to unprofessionalism.

Advice to Senior ManagementSupervisors should judge when it is appropriate to share personal information.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Accounts Planner (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at Ogilvy & Mather

ProsThe 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.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Solid experience

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Ogilvy & Mather

ProsWorked with one of the teams at Ogilvy HK. Great exposure to the daily operations of an ad agency.

ConsManager-levels are busy traveling most of the time, it's up to you to grow and learn.

Advice to Senior ManagementLess traveling for the manager level, perhaps?

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good Place to Work

Assistant Account Executive (Former Employee)
Bangalore (India)

I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for less than a year

Prosgood place to work, fun loving people, good company rules

Consseniors are partial to foreign candidates

Advice to Senior Managementplease pay equal importance to indian employees as well. A lot of times they hire expats with no or little experience in senior roles.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Sharp, not the very best

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Ogilvy & Mather as an intern for less than a year

ProsVery smart people, teamwork, great clients

ConsSometimes lack-luster environment and energy

Advice to Senior ManagementUp the ante, more innovation, more employee empowerment

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A university for the ad biz

Account Supervisor (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for more than 3 years

ProsI started my career here in the Chicago office and worked for several years, working my way up the account side. The breadth of experiences I was offered were amazing. If you're willing and take the reins, you can get any kind of experience you want across disciplines, clients, and offices in the global network. The strategic output of the agency is top notch, and "we sell of else" is lived up to.

ConsIt seemed sometimes like creative leadership was lacking, and the work occasionally suffered. Promotion and raises within are very difficult, with WPP usually being cited as the reason.

Advice to Senior ManagementPromote your good people and compensate them fairly.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Big name. Big ads. Big politics

Copywriter (Former Employee)
Bangalore (India)

I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat accounts to work on. In house production teams. Good people to work with.

ConsPolitics. Less pay. Take a long time for promotions

Advice to Senior ManagementTry keeping good people from quitting

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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