How would you describe your morning routine? What do you typically do?
I get to the office by 8:30 a.m., and drop off all my stuff at my desk. The first big stop is the kitchen on my floor to get a cup of coffee, and then I sit at my desk to go through some emails.
Commuting in a big city, what is it like and what tips do you have about it?
I actually still live at home in New Jersey, so I don’t have a typical commute. I take a bus into Port Authority, and my biggest tip for the commute is having a good playlist or several shows downloaded from Netflix because you never know how long your commute will actually take with traffic or delays.
What is your go-to work outfit?
A pair of blue or black jeans, a big comfy sweater, and some ankle booties. Comfy, but work appropriate.
What is something you always have at your desk?
A cup of coffee in the morning and a cup of decaf tea in the afternoon. Always.
What is your favorite spot in the office?
The rooftop is my favorite. In the fall I used to sit up there all the time, but now during the winter, my go-to spot is the 9th floor to sit on the comfy red chairs and look out at the city because there’s an amazing view.
When you know it is going to be a challenging day at the office, what helps keep you motivated?
Knowing that I have a group of friends in the Associates Program who are always there for me to ask questions, discuss ideas or even have a venting session for a few minutes. Having this Associates “community” is my favorite part of this program, especially with this being my first job.
What kind of projects have you worked on so far in this current rotation?
During this rotation with RED, I have taken part in a lot of phone interviews. The first project was to develop personas for the client, so we interviewed C-suite executives all over the country. The second project I’m currently working on is interviewing employees that work at our client’s company to get their views of diversity and inclusion and provide ways for the client to improve their overall strategy and program.
Lunch break! What do you do for lunch?
I usually pack my own lunch, but when I have to buy lunch, I go to Sunac or Gotham. Some days I eat at my desk, but other days I reach out to other Associates on Slack and ask to meet up in the café.
What do you wish someone had told you day one?
The dress code is very business casual – you can wear jeans!
How do you break up your work day?
I change the spot I’m working in. I’ve worked at my desk, in the kitchen, the comfy red chairs on 9, the rooftop; you name it, I’ve probably sat there.
If you had to pick, what has been your favorite thing about working at Ogilvy?
Getting to rotate between the different areas within Ogilvy and meeting new people. I really enjoy being able to see the different ways people work because it helps me figure out what will help me best in the future when I am out of the program.
Are you involved in any professional networks? If so, which ones and what do you like about it?
Yes, I am in Women’s Leadership Professional Network (WLPN), and Young Professionals Network (YPN). I like that they have events going on where we meet new people and hear about other experiences. WLPN had a yoga event in the fall and it was so fun!
Hell’s Kitchen – what is a cool local spot/restaurant/shop around the office you have found that you love?
Kiabacca has this amazing spinach and artichoke dip that I always get when we have Happy Hours. Fun fact, they also have a pizza named after us – the “Ogilvizza.”
How do you wind down after a long day at work?
I try to take either a Pure Barre or yoga class once I get home, and if that isn’t possible, I catch up on some TV.
When you are not in the office, what do you like to do around NYC?
My sister lives in the city so I always go straight to her apartment and include myself in her plans, whether that’d be brunch on the weekends or a night ordering in.
Ogilvy Facts 101 – what is something interesting you have learned about Ogilvy as a company?
Everyone is willing to help you learn, you just can’t be afraid to introduce yourself to strangers, and ask a ton of questions.
If you get to leave the office early…
Straight back to Jersey I go.
An Ogilvy secret revealed…
After big meetings, you can almost always guarantee there will be leftover food in the kitchen.