Account Supervisor (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – August 11, 2017
Great place to cut you chops in PR, gain valuable experience and meet future leadership in the industry. The DC office was fun and vibrant. A great place to work. Only downside would be the salaries are on the low side to live in a major city.
Client Finance Analyst (Current Employee) – New York, NY – July 19, 2017
Your experience at Ogilvy really depends on the team you end up with. Thankfully, my team/managers are pretty amazing. However, it seems like the company is constantly going through budget cuts and hiring freezes, which is a huge downside when you're trying to afford to feed yourself in NYC. Don't expect to get any sort of raise or growth opportunities.
Intern (Public Affairs) (Current Employee) – Playa Vista, CA – July 14, 2017
Ogilvy & Mather is a multinational agency and there is definitely a lot to learn. The most sincere advice I can give is to be prepared to work in an environment that changes day to day. Also, the account directors/executives can get very busy at times. Be patient and send friendly reminders to your project manager about your projects and progress.
Anonymous (Former Employee) – Parsippany, NJ – July 10, 2017
Ogilvy was "OK" at best. They don't really value their employees and they expect you to work long hours without compensation. Raises and bonuses are few and far between and compared to industry averages employees are underpaid. A lot of those in senior management positions are hardly qualified to lead a group of people, as they have a "me first" attitude. Also, depending unless you are on the account side of things advancement is difficult. Speaking from personal experience, my superiors often excluded me from opportunities that could have helped me learn and grow. The facilities are really nice but that is the best thing about the company.
bagel mondays, nice offices, summer fridays
work/life balance, no recognition, poor compensation
Freelance Retoucher (Former Employee) – New York, NY – June 6, 2017
Had a great experience on several freelance projects, with different Art directors. Clear communication and set goals for the projects made it easy to work in a stress free environment toward fix deadlines.
(Freelance) Account Supervisor/Program Manager (Former Employee) – New York, NY – June 1, 2017
Ogilvy seems to go through a lot of ups and downs, at times it felt like a rudderless ship. The offices are nice and modern but not located in a great area as it is hard to get to and not much around for lunch or after work events.
workplace culture is still the same in spite of new leadership
Account Group Supervisor (Current Employee) – Parsippany, NJ – May 30, 2017
the culture unfortunately emphasizes monetary importance over employee happiness. They haven't learned yet that employee happiness is what drives success. it does not encourage integrity and support of other colleagues.
free Monday breakfasts, occasional public music events, volunteer day is unique and is worth taking the day to participate.
This was my first job out of college and it was pretty cool. Ogilvy was kind of stuffy as ad agencies go (there were no ping-pong tables or video games in the break room) but everyone was cool and happy-hours were often pretty epic.
Senior Project Manager (Former Employee) – New York, NY – March 20, 2017
My experience with Ogilvy was with a very "non-standard" account so my personal experience isn't worth commenting on. But those starting their careers seemed to like it and were given many opportunities to learn.
As someone who has worked many other corporations but not in advertising, I thought the organization was a bit cultish and spent a fair amount of time patting itself on its back.
cafeteria in building - nice because they're practically in the Hudson
While working at Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide I learned so much about how a project needs to be run in order to be successful. My time as a project management intern was some of the most fun I had over the summer and I think that work environment creates a collaborative work environment. Additionally the skills they taught me have served me well in school and should serve me well in future employment.