AKQA Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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AKQA CEO Ajaz Ahmed
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Pros
  • There are a few great people in the NY office (in 17 reviews)

  • Great clients with awesome budgets (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • I know some other departments have a much less favorable work life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • As a result, developers work long hours under insane pressure and no personal life (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    Appreciates its employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Web Developer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at AKQA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great projects, fun corporate events, nice touches like free fruit and snacks, top management, enjoyable work environment with on-site gym and training, awesome client list

    Cons

    Working across time-zones is challenging and there is a process for everything

    Advice to Management

    On-the-job learning works brilliantly especially in cutting edge innovations but although there are some training sessions occasionally I feel that more formal learning has a place


  2. Helpful (1)

    Awesome

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

    I have been working at AKQA (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - The ability to learn from others
    - Awesome people
    - Events such as Jimmy's Bar and Fry-Days!
    - People are willing to tutor you and give you guidance if you ask
    - Ajaz is a top bloke!
    - I asked for Monster Munch in the vending machine... I got monster munch in the vending machine!

    Cons

    - Can only wear Nikes or Shoes...
    - 20 days annual leave is tight!

    Advice to Management

    Stay Awesome!


  3. Helpful (6)

    High profile work with talented people

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

    I have been working at AKQA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent environment, space and culture that provides a lot of freedom. Very high ratio of talented employees. Graduate programme has partnerships with good universities. Work will be high profile as produced for famous brand names. Feel like part of something special everyday.

    Cons

    Lots of smart people but need to provide a way to share their talents and knowledge wider.

    Advice to Management

    Company meetings are good and need to bring people together more often.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Rewarding and creative place to work

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

    I have been working at AKQA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Excellent company that's at the top of its field.
    - Interesting range of projects from good clients
    - Nurturing culture that genuinely cares about the product and making improvements
    - Very collaborative
    - Never a dull moment
    - Freedom to experiment

    Cons

    - Hours can be long as launches approach
    - You need to have the ability to self-direct your career
    - Multi-region projects involve regular travel to client companies

    Advice to Management

    - Continue the investment into the culture and learning


  6. Helpful (3)

    AKQA is an A+ experience

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

    I worked at AKQA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Ajaz Ahmed - the CEO - a true visionary
    Hands on, fun, exciting and constantly interesting
    Love their work, their clients and always seeking excellence
    Awesome people - lots of characters and collaborative culture

    Cons

    I don't have any downsides

    Advice to Management

    A brilliant company, a brilliant place to work, and even after over 10 years being away from AQKA, I still even value my experience more than ever.


  7. Helpful (3)

    A very special place

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

    I have been working at AKQA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Opened my eyes to how good it can be to go to work. Interesting projects, amazing people, opportunity to travel as many projects are multi-region. Cool work being done all the time. Decent perks such as free breakfasts, on-site gym, celebrations. Inspiring atmosphere, learning all the time. The company is going through a constant process of re-invention to make improvements.

    Cons

    Not many negatives, but being a service industry need to be able to juggle expectations, deadlines and relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Would be good to get more insights from management about expectations for career development.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Excellent professional development

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

    I have been working at AKQA full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Surrounded by expertise. Opportunity to work with world class people. Varied work. Management is keen to promote you if you show the right skills.

    Cons

    Pressure to achieve and keep improving.

    Advice to Management

    Find the strenghs and best qualities in your employees and help to amplify these.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Great people

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

    I worked at AKQA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Access to knowledge, easy going people, international opportunities with projects and offices, good culture with many social activities, strong client relationships

    Cons

    Deadlines are very demanding as most projects require fast turnaround

    Advice to Management

    Career path should be clear so that employees know what's expected


  10. Helpful (4)

    Satisfying work and great people

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

    I have been working at AKQA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive environment
    Good company culture
    Opportunity to learn from inspirational colleagues
    Exciting work
    Friendly and fun
    Good perks

    Cons

    Has grown considerably
    Requires travel for more senior jobs
    Work/life balance difficult to achieve as projects regularly change during life-cycle


  11. Helpful (3)

    The only agency I will ever work at

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great people, top of their field
    - Best client list in the business
    - Independent spirit makes for strong culture
    - Good perks including massages, breakfasts, fresh fruit, quality external speaker series
    - Most progressive agency environment I've worked at

    Cons

    - Client results put ahead of employee recognition which is difficult for junior/new employees
    - Need to have ability to work flexibly depending on client / project needs



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