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AKQA Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
212 Reviews
2.9
212 Reviews
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Ajaz Ahmed
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Review Highlights

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.  

    High standards will keep you on your toes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Amazing clients and co-workers. My supervisor is great and I always feel appreciated. The work is challenging and standards are high, so I'm constantly learning.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be tough. The high standards and expectations can be stressful and lead to long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication! Positive reinforcement for the hard-working masses could be a morale-booster.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    AKQA is great, MSA (Media / Search / Analytics) is AWESOME

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Incredibly intelligent colleagues, interesting work on great brands, cutting-edge technology application, and fun/friendly environment. It will challenge you but you will be better for it!

    Cons

    Difficult to get account and PM teams to respect hard work and scope appropriately. Some projects are not set up for success because of bad foundation/scope, otherwise teams are smart and work is good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect the teams that are contributing to data, technology, analytics, insights more. Let the best performers lead the team more, because the client services team usually sucks at it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    This is not a place to work at if you want to just get by. This is hard work day in and day out.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Awesome people, Awesome City, Awesome Clients

    Cons

    Its agency life so the normal issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear communication to others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at AKQA as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great location, fun people, interesting work

    Cons

    Silos occur between creative and other departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more holistic training for analysts,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Opportunity to work with fun, lively, smart people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at AKQA full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers, innovative thinking, upper management that cares about the success and happiness of their staff

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be a challenge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep fighting for the well being of your staff-- you're doing a great job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Outstanding digital agency, with some of the best talent in the industry. I would recommend to my best friends.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Talented people, great brands, ahead of the curve in data science and digital media. AKQA offers a breadth of services in brand strategy, digital media, advanced data analytics, and social media.

    Cons

    Falls into some agency pitfalls like lack of communication between departments, and upper management isn't as involved as it could be in steering the accounts in the right direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the vision of AKQA is expressed in every account

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing group of talented people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Extremely talented digital natives who all push one another to do the best work. Highly competitive.

    Cons

    Not all the offices are of the same size and scale and they don't all do an equal job of scaling the business model most effectively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your independent roots intact.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Smart, competent people doing great work for blue-chip brands.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at AKQA (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    High-visibility work for best-in-class clients. Great location. Effective, cooperative and fun company culture.

    Cons

    Merely adequate compensation for all but the top creatives/executives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Award-winning creative in a young, driven environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SEM & SEO in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - SEM & SEO in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at AKQA as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    there are always new projects in the pipeline
    management provides flexibility and growth
    co-workers are smart, self-motivated, and fun
    great location (SF HQ office)

    Cons

    I worked in Search, which is in LL2, the basement--no windows!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Terrific company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at AKQA full-time

    Pros

    Smart teams, high-profile projects, strong management practices. Relaxed environment, family-friendly. Great exposure to variety of technologies and tools. Lots of interesting work going on.

    Cons

    Some projects get pretty massive, which can get tiring creatively. Inter office communication/sharing could be better. Need more interaction between tech and design.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for departments to interact. Per-project bonuses would be good, too.

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