AKQA

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AKQA Reviews in London, England

201 Reviews
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201 Reviews
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Pros
  • You'll get to work on some massive clients and work with some great people (in 17 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 23 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    fast-paced and inspirational

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees more.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

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

    I have been working at AKQA as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great technically but not so great management

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management seems poor at many levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and focus on your people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    good company, hard clients to work for, very rewarding

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

    I have been working at AKQA full-time

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I 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/

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very good but...

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

    I have been working at AKQA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look after the people you are working with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

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

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

    I have been working at AKQA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    We 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Web Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Web Developer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at AKQA

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Try not to drink quite so much of the AKQA Kool-Aid.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at AKQA

    Pros

    Strong brand, culture of innovation and work ethic

    Cons

    poor 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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