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15 days ago

Associate Account Director

Akqa Incorporated San Francisco, CA

The right candidate will have a deep understanding of the search marketplace (paid and organic search) and how our program fits into the digital… jobsradar.com

6 days ago

Adobe CQ Content Author

AKQA San Francisco, CA

• Coordinate with Account/PM lead and designer to execute content edit requests and webpage updates using Adobe CQ content management system – adding… AKQA

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    - AKQA used to be considered "sexy", recruiters will be all over your jock if you have put in at least a year or two there, well known for the industry awards - Centrally located, good for transportation, moving slightly away from the Ball Park was brilliant - Depending on your teams, amazing bonds and friendships can be formed which lead to very very very strong network contacts after all is said and done (invaluable)


    Notoriously bad for pay - and for many of us, isn't that the whole point of the thing? As a junior or mid-level, you should expect nothing more bottom of the barrel salary. But if you are there to learn and begin building an advertising career, find a senior mentor (regardless of if you are assigned one) - pick one who's work style you admire with a strong background from prior reputable companies and stick to them like glue. The advice they give you over a year or two will be invaluable. Hone your craft while taking the lessons seriously. Clients can be brutal and account management can be clueless as to true creative process. Lots of ego in upper management and in CD, ACD, AD levels. Creative is revered as KING. Take the time to build rapports with leaders who will make time for you. I was lucky to have amazing direct managers, but similar people in my same role and level (just on different client accounts) had radically different experiences. If you are assigned to a manager who is not 150% supportive of you and your growth, who is not available for 1:1 sessions on a regular basis, who does not go to bat for you when others are trying to throw you under the bus - request to transfer under someone who does, or plain and simple, move on. In choosing to be here, make sure that the juice is worth the squeeze - but don't stay too long. There's a LOT more money to be made elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Watch out for frequent overallocation - that culture is not sustainable so don't wonder why people are quitting left and right. The people you attract are hardworking and dedicated, but can only thrive when set up for success. Allow your talent to truly shine, otherwise your resources quickly become jaded, battered, and will be looking for the next best thing sooner than you'd hope. Hire expert technical resources as backbone support on VERY technical efforts, stop trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Do not allow large efforts to run understaffed for very long. Otherwise the entire pitch effort goes to waste when clients realize it was all smoke and mirrors.

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