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AKQA Reviews in London, England

Updated Mar 10, 2014
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3.3 30 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

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Ajaz Ahmed

(3 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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 person found this helpful  

    fast-paced and inspirational

    Senior Account Manager (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsIf you want to work with some of best clients around on some truly innovative and inspirational projects, this is the place for you.

    ConsIf you want a life outside of work, or a sensible hourly wage once you take into account overtime, look elsewhere...

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your employees more.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGood opportunities abroad, high calibre clients, good people to work with

    ConsLong hours, tend to pay staff less than industry standard, not very transparent about salaries or how to get promoted.

    Advice to Senior Managementn/a

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great technically but not so great management

    Systems Administrator (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsFast paced, cutting edge work. Smart and creative people. Plenty of chances to go forward

    ConsManagement seems poor at many levels.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen and focus on your people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good company, hard clients to work for, very rewarding

    Quality Assurance (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    Pros- great experience
    - never boring
    - challenging
    - only the best work there

    Cons- clients can be over demanding
    - work life balance can be difficult to balance

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    AKQA provides good training / facilities for talented individuals to enable account teams to produce great work.

    Project Manager (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsExcellent talent.
    Award winning work.
    Global offices/opportunities.
    Good culture.
    Good facilities.

    ConsGetting a little process heavy.
    Not as agile as some agencies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think they're doing as good a job as possible given the size of the agency. Continue to concentrated on hiring the best talent and motivating them to success/

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very good but...

    Designer (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGood people, good work and projects, you feel involved into the teams straight away.

    ConsProjects don't come on a regular basis
    Self-Management (could be a pro, but it tires you at the end)

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook after the people you are working with.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great work, great people and same industry bull as everywhere else...

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGreat talent in creative. Great clients to do work for. Perfect employer if you need a couple of years to really ramp up your cv

    ConsWe can be a bit full of ourselves at times. Our management can be slightly out of touch with the "people". Late nights and slightly underpaid is standard.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work on the whole, but be prepared for the agency ethos if you've not worked for one before.

    Senior Web Developer (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsThe people are AKQA's greatest strength. Yes, being an agency some of the "creatives" boggled the mind a bit, and there were occasional frictions but on the whole the team worked well.

    Being a techie, I was never particularly bothered by the "zomg we have such cool clients" ethos, but it was possible to work on some really interesting technical challenges using the latest technology.

    ConsThe company does get a bit too pleased with itself sometimes - too many people, more the higher up you go, believe their own propaganda a bit too much. However, that's an understandable occupational hazard of working for an agency - if *they* don't believe they're the most special people in the world, how will they convince potential clients?

    Communication is sometimes a bit poor, and there's always been a tendency of the account management people to promise clients the moon on a stick and then refuse to listen to technical reason as to why what they've just promised is undesirable or impossible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry not to drink quite so much of the AKQA Kool-Aid.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    AKQA provides a great proving ground to start a career, as well as strong opportunities for future growth

    Account Executive (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsStrong brand, culture of innovation and work ethic

    Conspoor work/ life balance, yearly promotion cycle, poor approach to economic downturn (i.e., policy towards promotion of staff and pay rises), poor project finance management systems

    Advice to Senior ManagementI am frustrated by the processes employed to measure staff productivity as well as the poor finance management systems

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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