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Ogilvy Public Relations Reviews

Updated 7 November 2018
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Pros
  • "Really smart people, almost universally" (in 22 reviews)

  • "big platform, different projects, nice working environment, great team" (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • "long hours; what work-life balance" (in 38 reviews)

  • "Poor work life balance - long, long hours and management that doesn't really care about over-capacity" (in 40 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "One of the best agencies out there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Having worked as a contractor for several agencies over the past year, I can say that Ogilvy PR is one of the most exciting places to be at the moment.

    There are many great employees, especially many young and innovative employees that constantly bring new ideas and make sure the company is ahead of the curve.

    They work with some interesting client that give the opportunity to work on exciting projects, plus the recent move to the Sea Containers has allowed them to create an ideal space for collaboration and agile work.

    Cons

    Despite appearing to allow a better work-life balance than many other agencies, things can get pretty busy at certain times and occasionally long hours of work were necessary.

    I had a feeling the company was operating almost at capacity and therefore often relies on contractors and freelancers.


  2. "Good agency"

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    Current Employee - Account Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Account Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Take good care of you, big team, lots of new business wins, great office space, friendly people

    Cons

    you have to be quite proactive if you want mentoring, training, guidance

  3. "Doesn't feel like a big agency"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time

    Pros

    Talented PRs who are, by and large, very welcoming, collaborative and don't take themselves too seriously.
    Good atmosphere to work in.
    Good senior leadership.

    Cons

    Promotion is slow and erratic

    Advice to Management

    Recognise existing staff before putting new people in


  4. "Good stepping stone for CV but not to stay long"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    For juniors, Ogilvy is a good place to learn how to work in a fast-paced environment. It's also a great name to have on one's CV.

    Cons

    Ogilvy doesn't look after its employees. Promotions and pay rises are scarce and for those lucky enough to get a salary increase, it is probably likely to be a very small raise. Most employees who have been promoted internally are paid well below market-rate.

    Advice to Management

    Fight for your staff instead of hiding behind WPP group policy.


  5. "Good, but not great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ogilvy PR London has a fun culture - people are very honest with each other and even the most junior staff can have their say.
    Smart people, most of whom are pretty decent
    Generally doesn't have the 'sweat shop' work ethic a lot of agencies have and a good work/life balance is possible

    Cons

    Due to parent company financial pressure pay is often poor and promotions for junior and mid-level staff can be slow in coming
    Very little in the way of real training and support to support staff development
    A lot of effort is put into 'fun' initiatives which are usually a waste of money and do little to improve staff morale
    London office feels like it lacks leadership and vision

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to actually develop staff and something has to be done about the lack of promotions and pay-rises as well as coming up with a leadership team that actually leads


  6. "Ogilvy PR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Greta atmosphere, great boss, great colleagues, and wine every Friday

    Cons

    High pressured, lots of targets

    Advice to Management

    Look at the people and not the figures


  7. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time

    Pros

    Good company culture, good leadership

    Cons

    Long working hours, low salary

  8. "Good place to work in big name clients"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Driven, results focussed environment but with lots of fun

    Cons

    Long hours at times and the usual office politics

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on creating truly industry leading work


  9. "exciting"

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    Former Employee - Accounts Executive in London, England
    Former Employee - Accounts Executive in London, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a very well known company and they work people very hard

    Cons

    They work with a lot of freelance

    Advice to Management

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  10. "Long working hours"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ogilvy Public Relations full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You are able to work with a lot of big name companies

    Cons

    Low pay and long working hours(11-13hr/day average). Usually don't get paid overtime

    Advice to Management

    I don't feel the management levels care about their employees that much. So staff turnover is very high. But the opportunity to work for big companies still attracts people, especially fresh graduates, to join our company.