Ogilvy & Mather

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Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated 20 November 2014
Updated 20 November 2014
380 Reviews
3.7
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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 26 reviews)

  • Giving your best might mean work long and long hours in the office (in 23 reviews)

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  1.  

    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.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stressful oppressive work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Art Director in London, England
    Former Employee - Art Director in London, England

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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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.

    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Top quality agency, one of the best I've worked for, but still an agency.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Director in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Account Director in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Great brand recognition and top quality people. Ogilvy corporate culture is very strong and they do a good job reminding you why they are the best of the best. The top creative that comes out of the building is truly world-class. I genuinely like most of the people I work with.

    Cons

    Zero work-life balance. Good luck if you want to take an evening class, or even schedule dinner with friends. WPP policy is not to give raises, regardless of performance, which they never measure anyway. Bad behavior at senior level is not only tolerated but respected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire leaders of people at Managing Director level and above, not just business builders. Leaders will inspire their people under intense circumstances and should be evaluated not just on contribution margin, but team retention and creative excellence. Make 360 feedback mandatory.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great culture, smart people. Insane hours.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    There's a bravado that comes with working at Ogilvy. We've got big global clients, smart people, and top-notch facilities. Ogilvy does a lot to foster the culture of the agency too with frequent events, free booze, live bands, and even celebrity guest speakers.

    Cons

    You realize quickly that there are so many amenities because they never want you to leave. As in, like, leave to go home. 12-hour days are normal. Good luck making any evening plans during the week, unless those plans involve co-workers and Landmark across the street, so you can come back to the office after those beers and keep working. But if you're on a good account, maybe you won't mind.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Solid culture but needs to work on promotions, raises and career planning

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Ogilvy & Mather full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Unbelievably fun and interesting atmosphere. If you're on the right team, you'll love your boss and management. Surrounded by hard working people you genuinely enjoy getting to know. Excellent benefits and vacation time.

    Cons

    Ogilvy using its name as a crutch. Hopes people will hold out for a pitiful raise every 5 years just because they work at a place with "Ogilvy" on the door. Management has little say on how much or who gets raise pool funds. All controlled by WPP and has a tendency to skew toward account management when it does come through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Competitive raises and promotions will help you retain solid talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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