AKQA

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AKQA Reviews

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
198 Reviews
2.6
198 Reviews
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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. 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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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    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.  

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

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    • 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 an 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an 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 an 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.  

    Innovative,fun and challenging

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Berlin (Germany)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Berlin (Germany)

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

    Pros

    AKQA has some of the most cutting edge creative and technical projects in the business.

    From a technical perspective there is a large and expanding set of technologies to gain experience in. I have found the work here to be challenging but I have learned an immense amount.

    At times it feels like you are working in a new startup every year ! As a result it never gets boring.

    The office space is fantastic and while hours are long you get a lot of freedom in terms of how you wish to work.

    Cons

    Work can be very fast paced and challenging.

    Constantly changing projects can mean that handovers are not perfectly smooth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to find the key to working in the German market and differentiating from other agencies which tend to have a bad name.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Awesome place to work and work with some cool clients.

    • 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

    Pros

    Awesome place to work and work with some cool clients.

    Cons

    Across the street from the ballpark, can get hectic at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Smart, competent people doing great work for blue-chip brands.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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