Better Than Average in Advertising
Digital Artist (Former Employee) – California – August 3, 2015
I averaged 50% overtime (20 hours a week) either with all-nighters or weekends at Ogilvy. It seemed to me that the highest-level creatives would not pull the trigger on an idea until the end of "their day" then left everyone else to polish it until it was presentable the next day. If they would have stuck to the second or third idea (almost always the same as the final idea) we could have saved a lot of hours.
I knew this going in and insisted on two things. 1) I got paid hourly, and 2) 4 weeks off for vacation. I got two weeks vacation and two weeks un-paid leave, which was great. I should have asked for more money, but it likely would not have been worth all the time I gave up from my personal life.
The ad industry is tough. I would pick another industry if you can, if you are in college, do something else - anything else. It's not Mad Men :-)
But saying that the culture at Ogilvy is THE BEST in the ad world. I did a lot of freelance work in all the major agencies and several smaller ones and Ogilvy does give the most to their employees, and the long hours does bond people together. But all said and done, it was not worth my effort.
Fun People, Can Negotiate Salary & Benefits, Good Clients, Prestiege
LONG hours, not enough pay, poor life balance