AKQA Reviews in London, England

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
183 Reviews

2.9
183 Reviews
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Pros
  • You'll get to work on some massive clients and work with some great people (in 16 reviews)

  • Lots of great clients, good budget and wonderful people to work with (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • I know some other departments have a much less favorable work life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Low pay, long hours, 2 weeks of vacation for the first 2 years (in 19 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Failing to live up to the promise.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at AKQA full-time

    Pros

    Mostly nice people, the opportunity to add some great names to your CV (you know the ones I mean). Strong heritage.

    Cons

    A lack of vision.
    Lack of creative leadership.
    Lack of clients' ambition.
    Too big to get things done quickly.
    Needing new clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand for something.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    CV booster but...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Creative  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Creative in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at AKQA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Projects
    - Brands you work with
    - Colleagues

    Cons

    - No fair wages
    - Poor senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about your people or it will be really hard to restore their confidence

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    AKQA brill clients - awfull management structure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tekki  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Tekki in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at AKQA

    Pros

    In short you get to work on fantastic accounts, benifits are good, fry up on a friday is cool once a month

    Cons

    management just push and push till you fold you work silly hours and get no thanks , coming here is like going back 10 years they think a 50 hr week should be normal and celebrate peopel who do 100hr weeks ratehr than go hay we have somethign wrong here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a grip - hrs spent does not equal good quality work produced , get people to work smarter not longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good for the young. Better than other agencies, but still a media agency.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical in London, England (UK)

    I worked at AKQA

    Pros

    Good balance between being a large company and an independent agency - you get the best of both worlds.
    For technical people hours are not so long (but creatives are not so lucky)
    The IT dept. is very responsive and leaves staff freedom to admin their machines
    They win big accounts with the brief of coming up with good ideas, so the projects can be fun.
    More process oriented than any other creative agency I have worked for (for a tekkie, that is a pro :-)
    Staff tend to be young and fun hipsters (in production at least)
    A couple of years there look very good on your CV

    Cons

    Being creatively led can be frustrating for tekkies - you have to bend backwards to implement their sometimes daft ideas.
    Technology stack is set in stone and a bit mainstream: Java, .NET, jQuery, svn. No other options.
    Management often waste a lot of the budget, and by the time it reaches production there is little left (this is true of ALL media agencies, to be fair).
    Career opportunities are nil. Most people will leave at the same level at which they enter.
    They foster internal competition which doesn't suit everybody (that could be just the tek dept. though, which is run by someone from the finance industry)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make promises about career advancement during the interview if you don't mean it, just because you are desperate to fill in the position.

    No opinion of CEO

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