I was the glue in the department to keep folks sane. Great disposition
Senior Production Designer/Graphic Designer (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – March 10, 2016
As a creative / designer / production wizard, day to day expectation could change on a dime. We augmented the other creative departments where we could help out. Sometimes as a team, other times as a sole designer. I excelled at the "one off" projects. And I loved it. I also make wicked scones. Meet me and find out more.
Producer (Former Employee) – New York, NY – October 31, 2015
I worked here many year ago so I cannot attest to how it is now but while I was there I was fortunate to work with some mid to senior level producers who were very patient and I learned a lot from them. Very creative atmosphere and room for growth. Salary was always an issue and there was never money for raises for the up and comers.
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
Finance (Current Employee) – Los Angeles – January 28, 2012
Most things you will find in any corporate job, but the hours stretch longer and longer, the yearly reviews never seem to happen, the raises never seem to come and the stress just piles on top of itself. Cutting staff constantly and never reevaluating the work structure sets people up for burnout. Set your boundaries early, get the money you want when you sign on because you won't be getting any more any time soon.
Receptionist (Former Employee) – New York, NY – June 19, 2013
Ogilvy & Mather is a great place for young, innovative, post graduates to gain a great experience. The environment is very hip and trendy. A typical day at work as a receptionist at this company involved interacting with potential clients which included Senior level executives from companies such as aol, facebook, Gap, etc.
great envirnonment, great perks such as catered free lunch and paid summer fridays off
no room for growth and expanasion, bad benefits package, high turnover rate
Executive Receptionist (Former Employee) – New York, NY – April 25, 2012
Stress-free work environment, yet extremely productive. Devoted employees and very caring, supportive management. Compensation package could be more desirable but overall, an excellent work environment,
Temp Billing Analyst/Clerical/Administration Clerk (Former Employee) – New York, NY – January 11, 2013
As an independent contractor, I worked for the 'Client Finance' department of Ogilvy & Mather for 9 months. Outsourcing had taken its toll on people in more ways than one, as I saw employees leaving left and right. Their responsibilities were being sent overseas to a contract company whose diligence was, for lack of a better term, lacking in many key areas. I was brought along to help point out and rectify any and all professional 'misunderstandings' in regards to what was expected of the outsourced personnel.
I was able to learn a lot from my supervisors and co-workers, and am very sad that my time at Ogilvy had to be cut short. With any luck, my next place of employment will be as educational and friendly, with the added incentive of aiding my professional growth through a strong sense of job security.
friendly co-workers, good work/life balance, nice corporate environment
transitional phase made for very little (if any) job security for new hires.
Production Associate (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – May 9, 2015
A great, creative, fun place to work with great, creative, fun people. It takes a while, but once you prove your competency, you start to take a bigger role in the creative process and really get to collaborate instead of just execute ideas.
Account Services + Graphic Designer (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – June 13, 2012
My goal out of graduate school was to land a full-time role at Ogilvy West—the San Francisco branch of one of the largest and most well-respected advertising agencies in the world. I evolved from a graduate intern in account services to an account supervisor in just two years and learned so much from my incredible mentors while working there. I treated Ogilvy as an educational career move, and it proved that tenfold. I learned something new every day and utilized my skills accordingly... eventually feeling comfortable enough to want to grow further; finding new opportunity at a smaller agency when the time was right.
learning from the best in the business in a big agency environment.
it is often hard to escalate in a company the size of ogilvy.
Graphic Designer / Print production (Former Employee) – New York, NY – March 12, 2013
Great mix of professionals, you will be surrounded by great creative minds. Company is so great that it makes it difficult to come in and have a long term position, only because employees with senior experience are usually kept for the long haul. Great if your already in, enviable if your just coming in.
In the end it's a great place to be.
professional staff and work-life balance
difficult to advance into senior positions, due to high retainment of employees currently with the company
Project Coordinator (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – January 25, 2015
Working for Ogilvy is a privilege. The client work is fast-paced and creative, the culture is fun and productive, and the hope of elevating brands is in the air. The most enjoyable part of the job is definitely seeing a campaign presented in real time.
Studio Coordinator Consultant (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – November 5, 2014
This team was an example of great management, great team work and great commitment to the work. Working with in this team there was no looking at the clock to see what time it was. The work days went buy fast with a great group of production artists and project managers who really cared about their team.
Creative (Former Employee) – San Salvador – January 29, 2015
This was by far the best agency in El Salvador. I loved working there. A typical day would include brainstorming, market research, and a lot of fun with colleagues. We managed some large accounts, and had a lot of interaction with clients. It was a real learning experience.