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Updated 13 December 2018
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Pros
  • "Work/life balance encouraged and supported" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Great people, work-life balance is great" (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "Demanding clients make work/life balance hard" (in 23 reviews)

  • "could have better communication from upper management" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Account Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Neo@Ogilvy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Family and positive environment
    Capable and hard working people
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Good career progression and perspective, but not always salary wise.


  2. "Finance"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Neo@Ogilvy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn.
    Good atmosphere to work in and exciting company socials,

    Cons

    Very clicky and no annual pay rise unless you get a promotion

  3. "Run for the hills"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Neo@Ogilvy full-time

    Pros

    - Truly amazing people at an AE/AM/AD level, smart passionate people who deserve better.
    - Social calendar
    - You’ll learn how to deal with difficult people.

    Cons

    - Senior management forget that they are dealing with people.
    - Big push to outsource everything.
    - Too much concern with profit and margin than people management.
    - Moved Ogilvy to Mindshare with very little change management
    - People leaving in droves with little communication from management on why or what they’re doing to stop it.

    Advice to Management

    If you look after people and listen to them then they’ll stop running for the doors


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible management team"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Neo@Ogilvy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Good people around.
    - If you are young, ambitious and good at talking/complaining, you can get promoted very fast.
    - Good work/life balance, but some people take advantage of it.

    Cons

    - Senior management are too busy to talk to their employees, no people management skills. They don't listen to what's happening in the real world and make decisions based on their own assumptions, or just follow what other companies are doing.
    - The male client lead treats juniors like working machines, takes all the credits, and don't know how to say thank you.
    - Don't respect work from middle-senior level, relying on AEs or grads heavily.
    - People are either quitting or are looking for a move.

    Advice to Management

    - Start going out doing new business pitches and gain some real value clients.
    - Social activities don't motivate your employees, career progression and compensation does.
    - Treat your people with different personality and culture background fairly. The loud people don't always work as hard as they sound.


  5. "Good to begin, rapid progression but terrible human management"

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    Former Employee - Paid Search Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Paid Search Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Neo@Ogilvy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    loads of responsibility and learning through trial and error (ie. learning by doing; minimal training) available, rapid progression, friendly co-working environment (good place to make great friends), great name on CV

    Cons

    terrible salary, no/minimal training, terrible upper management (complete detachment from reality on the ground), not treated with respect and dignity (eg. never paid what you're worth and have to fight just to get bare minimum for your position/level compared to industry average, then being made to feel like you're being paid too much while upper management is treating themselves to £1K dinners and running the agency into the ground)

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your teams like human beings who work hard to keep and bring in business. Be transparent and pay them what they're worth and reap the rewards of success together as a team.


  6. "Great to start a carrier"

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    Former Employee - Data Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Data Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Neo@Ogilvy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great accounts, culture of the company

    Cons

    Low salary if you are junior


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Political, cliquey and lost."

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    Former Employee - Digital Account Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Digital Account Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Neo@Ogilvy (More than a year)

    Pros

    On paper, it's a good idea, have a media arm of one of the most recogniseable networks and advertising brands in the world. Use that clout to then activate media for some of the biggest brands in the world. It's a good sell, if you believe the hype.
    Office at Sea Containers is great - although you get the feeling with the sparse decoration that neo was the poor relative in that network, last in the queue for budget. Still. Bar upstairs and roof terrace - no one is complaining about that. Especially after being stranded in Canary Wharf for the last 10 years.

    Cons

    The sad thing about neo is that there's a strand of old guard staff - bloated because of their longevity, promoted as routine rather than as recognition of industry leading skill - and they make no effort to reskill, grow or adapt - there's only a handful of exceptions.
    This is coupled with a constant churn of AE's and AM's who arrive having bought into the idea of being at 'Ogilvy' rather than neo.. they are paid too little, unsupported, not trained, and managed by the last crop of Execs who were promoted ahead of time solely because they outlasted the redundancies or the politics, or the call of recruiters offering more.
    They are ill equipped to manage, and they don't have the best examples in the non-existent leadership. Eventually they get tired of an agency which doesn't pitch, doesn't even have its own idea of who or what they are, and an agency you have to spend 5 minutes explaining who they are to others in the industry.
    There was a long term CEO who was ousted rather uncerimoniously a couple of years ago, and while passive was at least a figurehead for the agency - since then an 'any-port-in-a-storm' megalomaniac concerned solely with their own profile and speaking engagements arrived and systematically ousted or sidelined anyone who was remotely good at their job seemingly either through ego or insecurity.
    The culture is awful - expect to work until 8 or 9 as standard, there's a terrible buy back culture where everyone at some point (or several) threatens to quit in order to get a pay rise or better offer. For the few who can game the system, expect to rise from an intern to AD in the space of a few years only because you whinge to the right people and you are the only option left to promote when everyone else leaves.
    Outside of all that - the agency is completely behind the times. With the exception of maybe SEO, the strategy and practice is years behind competitors, and you won't come away from neo having had time and money invested in your development. Expect to have to reskill when you leave. And as a manager expect to have to consistently apologise to your team that you can't promote them or recognise them financially when they truly deserve it.

    Advice to Management

    Redundant now as it's been folded into Mindshare, but hopefully that means the culture will disappear and the people will get the training and attention they deserve.
    Get a clue about what your offering is, and have a reason to exist. Else, failing that assimilate entirely into Mindshare and FAST and just invest in the team

  8. "Not a good company"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Neo@Ogilvy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The view from the London office was nice

    Cons

    The higher management are non existent
    Do not expect any support
    Expect to work on one client
    They do not pitch
    No utilization of new methods for clients
    Extremely unorganized
    Not particularly helpful to new staff members

    Advice to Management

    Work with your team and employees - higher management, especially Account Directors do not have people skills at all.


  9. "Temp to Perm or not"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Office is great and great buzz all around as you'd expect from an advertising company. Great brands to work with having the reputation.
    I remember being hired by a great manager and gave me opportunity to develop their BI. That was the best of my experience. To this day my manager who also have left still greet me now and then during Christmas and New Year. A great manager and a great person.... shame about the others.

    Cons

    I was meant to go temp to perm but my manager had to chase a number of times the management for my perm contract. I said to my manager, don't worry I've found a job with 35% pay rise at an investment fund.
    People were recognised based on social (which I know is important too) relationship.This review was based on the department I was in.

    Advice to Management

    If someone doesn't complain please make sure they are given what they are entitled. Treat people based on work.


  10. "SEO Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - SEO Account Executive in London, England
    Former Employee - SEO Account Executive in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Neo@Ogilvy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fair, genuine and great people

    Cons

    low salary, poor work life balance