How would you describe your morning routine? What do you typically do?
Each day is different, but I usually get in around 9 a.m., check my email and catch up with the associate who sits next to me, even though we probably already spent our commutes texting and complaining about missing the bus and being too lazy to do all the things we said we would get done before work (a.k.a Carly probably slept through her 6 a.m. spin class that she already paid for).
Commuting in a big city, what is it like and what tips do you have about it?
There’s a difference between just commuting in a big city and commuting to the Ogilvy office. Since it’s far from the subway, coming from the other side of the city can be a bit of a hike. My biggest advice is to wear comfy sneakers to work so you don’t end up with blisters and trying to hide the fact that you’re secretly barefoot under your desk.
What is your go-to work outfit?
Jeans, blouse, and a casual blazer.
What is something you always have at your desk?
Colored Post-its scattered everywhere, my water bottle and the fancy Ogilvy pens and notebook we got on the first day of orientation. There’s also a brussels airline plane.
What is your favorite spot in the office?
The roof is an awesome spot to escape the indoors during the day and get lunch or take a break when it’s nice out. Now that it’s too cold, my go to spot to get away from my desk and get some sunlight is the 9th floor kitchen overlooking the water. It’s a really pretty view during sunset. If you’re lucky, sometimes there’s food there up for grabs.
When you know it is going to be a challenging day at the office, what helps keep you motivated?
On Strategy, the work cycle comes and goes. Some weeks are really crazy and loaded with lots of meetings and multiple projects to juggle , while other weeks I have more time to slowly work through projects. On the days that feel a little overwhelming, I tried to remind myself that things will calm down again, I just have to power through it. Having the other associates around is a huge help in getting through challenging days. I know I can always go to them when I need a work break and as cliche as it is to say, they’ve really been the best support system transitioning into the work world.
Lunch break! What do you do for lunch?
I try to bring my own food because the cafeteria food prices are not meant for a college grad on a budget, but I always eat in the café with other associates. Making sure to take the time to get out of my desk and be social has made my days 1000% times better. I’ve not only gotten closer to other associates as lunch usually turns into gossip hour, but I’m so much happier and more productive when I get back to work.
What do you wish someone had told you day one?
How to use the printers. They’re really scary.
How do you break up your work day?
I usually take a lap around the office to find other associates to catch up with or sit in the comfy chairs by the kitchen to get a change of scenery. Whenever I need a quick break from staring at my computer screen I bother Carly, the associate who sits next to me and as she would say, ask her for irrelevant advice about my personal life that I already have the answer to.
If you had to pick, what has been your favorite thing about working at Ogilvy?
You’ve probably heard this answer before, but definitely the people. Everyone is really invested in our success and I’ve been treated as part of the team from day one.
Are you involved in any professional networks? If so, which ones and what do you like about it?
Hell’s Kitchen – what is a cool local spot/restaurant/shop around the office you have found that you love?
I was really in the mood for a good margarita one day after work and stumbled upon a restaurant right by the office called Añejo. They have a great happy hour deal and surprisingly good guac.
How do you wind down after a long day at work?
I love to go on walks, so sometimes I walk home even though its around 40 minutes. I can’t say that a walk through Times Square and by Penn Station is the definition of relaxing, but it feels good to be in fresh air and moving after a long day sitting at your desk.
When you are not in the office, what do you like to do around NYC?
I grew up in New York, so I’ve been trying to get myself to do all the touristy NYC things I haven’t done in a while. My goal is to go to a new museum each month and each weekend try to explore a different neighborhood. Once it’s nice out again, the first activities on my list are to walk along the Brooklyn Bridge since I’ve somehow never done that and go to a movie in a park. I’ve also been on the hunt for cool new restaurants and bars to try.
Ogilvy Facts 101 – what is something interesting you have learned about Ogilvy as a company?
The company is so big, so I’m constantly learning about new teams and roles that exist. It’s really exciting to see how departments keep evolving to keep up with industry changes.
If you get to leave the office early…
Try to get some associates together for happy hour or go home and put on pjs and watch Gilmore Gilmore’s. Working Julie tends to switch between two extremes of wanting a drink or my couch ( sometimes they go together).
An Ogilvy secret revealed…
Apparently it’s not much of a secret, but I just found out that the 11th floor has chairs overlooking an amazing view of the city. I’m going to make that my new spot.