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Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.7 331 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Ogilvy & Mather Global CEO Miles Young

Miles Young

(168 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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    Copywriter (Current Employee) Bārdaw (Tunisia)

    ProsIt is a good network for creatives

    ConsToo much bureaucracy when communicating between services

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork-life balance should be improved

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A fun place to work but you'll have to leave to advance your career

    Senior Client Finance Associate (Former Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsGreat people, interesting work, nice office

    ConsBad systems in place, low pay compared to what they bill, raises are rare

    Advice to Senior ManagementAnnual raises

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The venerable brand is strong, if lumbering.

    Project Management Director (Former Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsSmart, nice people
    Lots of capabilities
    Strong culture
    Lots of resources and facilities

    ConsA plodding behemoth
    Generally a few years behind the curve, especially in digital
    The organizational winners tend to have some higher level patron looking out for them
    Account group is all over the map -- some folks are strong and good, others are shockingly incapable of completing the must simple of daily tasks
    Much of the work is riding on inertia, not quality

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop places for your employees to act entrepreneurially and them let them...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great place to learn!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsReally fast paced environment with high expectations teaches you to perform to the best of your abilities under pressure. Excellent place to start a career, definitely teaches you valuable time management and performance skills that will help you at other jobs. great vacation policy

    Consas with lots of the big agencies, in the lower tier positions pay is low and promotions are few and far between. raises are small if you see one, and it's easy to get lost in the crowd

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    A great place to start your career.

    Art Director (Former Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsA great place to work on 360 ideas. A place to grow from a junior position. A lot of brands to work on.

    ConsNo mentorship, no raises, no compensation for positive performance reviews, and conservative clients.

    Advice to Senior Managementit promotes loyalty when you give your employees raises/bonuses at the end of the year. There is a high turn over rate for lower level creatives because of this issue.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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