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Ogilvy & Mather Reviews

Updated Jul 26, 2014
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3.7 333 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 22 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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    A big agency which does great work for great clients.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIdeas and hard work are appreciated. A highly structured agency that has had to reinvent itself for modern media.

    ConsHours can be long, pollitics and behind-the-back scheming are part of the culture, always a new face with a new idea coming through and making sweeping changes. A wonderful place while you're a favored child, and when you fall from favor you probably won't know why.

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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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    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    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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    O&M

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

    ProsThe people, the people, the people. Super creative, smart, talented, fun people.
    The commitment to health with the in-house nurse, gym and massage therapist were a nice touch and convenience.
    Training opportunities--in the years they were offering them these were a huge bonus and learning opportunity.

    ConsToo much work, not enough people. It's a culture where long hours and exhausted people are considered de rigeur and almost a matter of pride. Maintaining this type of environment is draining to the employees and the morale.
    Also the location is awful. There is no getting around it no matter how much management tries to sugarcoat it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop trying to win business by promising lower prices to clients that are unrealistic.
    Spend some time "in the trenches" so you can be more in touch with the majority of the organization.
    Promote work/life balance and mean it.
    And be honest--the whole move to the new building was handled with so much ridiculous spinning. Stop trying to spin the people who you pay to spin other people!
    Stop having Christmas parties if you can't hand out raises.
    Bring back training opportunities--these were extremely valuable and a unique bonus for Ogilvy.

    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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