How would you describe your morning routine? What do you typically do?
Ice coffee first. Probably my favorite perk of the office. I usually get in on the early side to try and read a few articles and eat some breakfast while things are still quiet.
Commuting in a big city, what is it like and what tips do you have about it?
There’s a lot of different ways to commute in this city. My advice is to just experiment at the beginning and find out what works for you (and your wallet). It will really depend on where you live and what your subway access is like.
I decided to go with Citi Bike. I’d definitely recommend, but just watch out for the yellow ones. They don’t stop.
What is your go-to work outfit?
Usually jeans and a quarter zip. People from Boston are easy to spot.
What is something you always have at your desk?
I have this huge water bottle that’s only filled like half the time because it’s too big to fit under the water dispensers, so I have to make an extra trip to the water fountain when I want to fill it. It seemed like a smart buy at the time.
What is your favorite spot in the office?
The roof 100%. I need the weather to be nice again so I can sneak back up there to work on projects.
When you know it is going to be a challenging day at the office, what helps keep you motivated?
We work in a pretty fun industry, so when things get challenging you just have to commit yourself to the end creative product you’re working towards and see it through. That’s when the hours start to slip away and not matter.
What kind of projects have you worked on so far in this current rotation?
Every day is pretty different in account, which keeps this entertaining. We recently put together some billboard ads for the client that came out great and were really well received. I know it’s weird but I actually love OOH (Out Of Home) ads, so it was cool for me to work on that project and see the amazing work our creatives put out.
Lunch break! What do you do for lunch?
I usually bring my own lunch in and eat with my account team. Otherwise, I go to our Café or the deli down the street for a sandwich and try to meet up with the other Associates.
What do you wish someone had told you day one?
Learn how to take your job seriously without taking yourself seriously. It’s a weird, important balance in this industry.
How do you break up your work day?
Lunch breaks and catching up with friends around the office.
If you had to pick, what has been your favorite thing about working at Ogilvy?
Trying not to sound cheesy, but the people are dope. Sometimes this place feels like school and I love that.
Are you involved in any professional networks? If so, which ones and what do you like about it?
Not right now, but thanks for the reminder.
Hell’s Kitchen – what is a cool local spot/restaurant/shop around the office you have found that you love?
Sunrise Deli. Great cheap sandwiches. Landmark is also a classic.
How do you wind down after a long day at work?
Have a beer with my roommate and catch up on the day.
Also Fortnite lately. I haven’t won yet. I’m not great.
When you are not in the office, what do you like to do around NYC?
When I’m not in the office, I’m usually trying to get together with friends to explore the city. It’s literally a giant playground. Sometimes I hide though and spend an entire day on my couch, which is also great.
Ogilvy Facts 101 – what is something interesting you have learned about Ogilvy as a company?
It’s crazy to think that our office used to be a big warehouse that cranked out pounds and pounds of chocolate a day.
If you get to leave the office early…
I would assemble the Associates for a happy hour.
An Ogilvy secret revealed…
The 9th floor usually doesn’t have a line for coffee.