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AKQA Reviews in London, England

Updated March 7, 2014
Updated March 7, 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  

    A company at the top of its game. Work hard, play hard. It's a journey.

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    • 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)

    Pros

    You will work with some of the best talent in the industry. It's inspiring to work alongside these people. I've been in meetings and the level of expertise and thinking is exceptional.
    If you want to travel to work in other offices you can. I've had the chance to travel the world with AKQA.
    Variety; one day you'll be brainstorming the future for a top automotive client. The next day you might be figuring out how a new technology is relevant for retail.
    Very very client focused, you work closely with them nearly everyday.
    Good culture, lots of cool people, work hard and play hard.
    I've learnt more at AKQA than anywhere else in my whole career.

    Cons

    Any journey worth taking is never easy. If you want a job where you sit back and watch the day go by then AKQA isn't for you.
    If you want to get stuck in, be part of the team and contribute then it is the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more company wide events for staff

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

    Ace place to work. No pain, no gain!

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

    Pros

    AKQA is brilliant! The people that I work with are super smart, fun and passionate about what they do. We've become really good friends over the numerous socials like BarAsics (free Monthly drinks), FryDays (all agency breakfasts) and parties - it's a very extended and diverse family :-). Benefits are good and there are lots of little things that make a real difference like free fruit, massages and ice-creams. The pace is really fast and the work ethic is second to none so you've got to have bags of passion and energy. I was promoted in my first year here and I'm going on secondment to another office soon so I can't see myself running out of opportunities here anytime soon. There's always lots of formal training running and you're constantly learning during your the day from either the work that you're doing or from the people in your team. The days just fly by and there's never a dull moment.

    Cons

    Working at AKQA is challenging.....it's got a reputation as a sweat shop which is certainly not the case but you will work really hard. Everyone is so driven and committed to pushing the boundaries so if you're not prepared to put quality and excellence first then this isn't the place for you. I can honestly say hand on heart that the blood, sweat & tears are worth it and it becomes easier as time goes on. I'm so proud of the work and I love working here with such awesome people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to us..... we want to know that you've got a plan and how we are doing. It's great that everyone is so laidback and non hierachical but we also need to feel that someone is in charge. The updates before Barasics help but we need to share more information, commercials etc.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Really great for your CV

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

    Pros

    Clients brands, professional set up, lots to keep you busy

    Cons

    too process focused, very long hours, bad snacks

    Recommends
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    Hardwork, rewarding. Where else would compare?

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounts Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Accounts Director in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Best clients, driven people.
    Smartest people I've worked with.
    Great creative product.
    Some of the brightest techhies I've worked with.
    Pretty autonomous on the whole

    Cons

    Can be tough for those who aren't prepared to buy into the work ethic.
    Focus on product is everything - there's not much of a soft-side to the business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold on to what matters: great creative product.

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