Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Marketing Communications Agency
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    • 10 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4QB

About Ogilvy & Mather UK

WINNING YOUR INDUSTRY’S ultimate accolade is a clear sign of teamwork, nurtured talent and an engaged workforce. Last year, marketing communications agency Ogilvy & Mather Group UK received the Cannes Lions Network award of the year. It also gained a further 83 Lions across all categories thanks to its record 305 finalists during the festival.
Founded in the 1940s by David Ogilvy, who, in 1962, Time magazine called “the most sought-after wizard in today’s advertising industry”, the agency consists of 11 specialist companies, which between them cover public relations, design and advertising.
Past campaigns include the launch of Dove soap in 1955. The brand is still one of the most iconic beauty products and its maker, Unilever, remains a key client, alongside IBM, SC Johnson, Philips and Ikea.
Employees from the group’s two London offices are encouraged to come together and participate in “welcome Wednesdays”. Pub quiz nights are run every two months, each hosted by a different board member, with the aim of integrating teams and new starters.
Throughout the year, each of the organisation’s companies hosts team-building events, ranging from treasure hunts around London to team trips to Paris and Valencia. Employees feel their teammates go out of their way to help one another, giving them a 77% positive score. They also agree that there is a strong sense of family within the group (75%) and conclude that teams are fun (82%).
Almost half the firm’s 1,495 staff receive support from the agency for work-related study. It also has regional programmes in place available to workers across the business who have been singled out as rising stars. They are mentored by exposure to the company’s European leaders in schemes designed to encourage networking, introduce people to existing opportunities, equip them with the skills they need and give them an insight into Ogilvy & Mather’s vision and direction.
Survey results show that staff believe their jobs are good for personal growth (76%), there are opportunities to learn and grow within the organisation (63%) and they will find the experience1 gained valuable in the future (79%).
The company’s own Many Ogilvy Hands voluntary initiative is in its third year and aims to help the growth of secondary education at Buikwe secondary school in Uganda. Staff say the firm has a strong social conscience (75%) and encourages charitable activities (78%). More than 100 volunteers have been sent over to Uganda and about £200,000 raised, culminating in two new school buildings being built and 80 children being sponsored.

What is it like to work for Ogilvy & Mather UK

My Manager
My Manager
Their managers encourage a mentoring relationship outside of their own relationship with an employee. Their managers always make sure that they set aside time for regular, individual catch ups with each of their team members. They also have methods in place to regularly feedback any information from departmental meetings to their employees. Their managers place a strong emphasis on focus groups and encourage all employees to get involved in order to share their ideas for improvement.
Personal Growth
Personal Growth
Ogilvy place a great emphasis on providing the best training and see nurturing the knowledge and development of their people as a priority. An example of this is their overall approach to the company's Learning and Development programme. This is designed to support company objectives as set out in their business plans, and incorporates the relevant training that supports the competencies and professional skills they value. A core feature of their approach to Learning and Development is that they place the onus on the individual to take primary responsibility for their own development, and then to support this through a clear learning path. The learning path is there to aid career development and succession planning and they underpin this by offering a breadth of opportunities available in an agile way so that everyone, no matter what level or department they work in, has access to some key development that meets their individual needs.
My Team
My Team
They host numerous events throughout the year. This summer they transformed the entire office,(which overlooks the Olympic Stadium) into a stadium of fun and frolics to mark the Olympics opening ceremony in true Ogilvy style. With Olympics medals hanging from walls and life size cut-outs of some of GB’s best athletes dotted throughout, they laid on free food and drink and organised a range of games and competitions. They also hired a photo booth and the band The Young Guns played in the Ogilvy Bar. All staff were invited and they had a great turnout with 85% of our employees attending.
For their Christmas party, they used the Old Vic Tunnels, a labyrinth of unused railway vaults and tunnels hidden away beneath the Waterloo station. With world-class DJs, exotic performers and fire breathers, they ensured that the Christmas party 2011 was a fitting end to another unstoppable year for Ogilvy. They also host a Christmas party for their employees' children and provide free food and drink, a Father Christmas, children's entertainer, and goodie bags for the children to take home. Their parents also get time out to accompany them. Also, every other Thursday they have a guest visitor to the Ogilvy offices. His name is Globilvy and he's a beautiful globe-shaped drinks trolley. He hosts themed parties, inviting any and all to enjoy his seemingly endless supply of cold beer, wine and whatever exotic combination of themed drinks he decides to throw at everyone.

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here


  • Women

    At least 33% of senior managers are women

  • Shares

    Companies where employees are offered share options

  • Gym

    On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships

  • Childcare

    On-site nursery or vouchers

  • Pensions

    Companies offering a final salary or non-contributory pension scheme

  • Maternity

    At least 10 weeks' leave on full pay

  • Health Insurance
    Health Insurance

    Full family cover

  • Dental Insurance
    Dental Insurance

    Dental insurance offer to all employees

Company Statistics

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  • Male : Female:

    46% / 54%

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