AKQA Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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  1. Helpful (8)

    Worst decision of my career

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There were some pretty talented and cool people who worked there - please note 'were' and 'worked' - past tense. This place is a sink hole and it's miserable. Thank goodness for sites like Glassdoor that allow potential employees to read reviews and decide for themselves which are genuine and which are promoted by the company. I find it hilarious, probable, pathetic and not surprising that they're being accused of faking reviews. There is no way anyone who worked here would give this place more than two stars and it's just the type of thing I would expect from the floundering bullies.

    Cons

    Every single meeting, email, phone call and each day I had to walk through the doors to this place.

    Advice to Management

    What's the point, they'd never listen - a cruel bunch who are concerned only with themselves and have relied on the reputation of an agency (built by others who've since left) to keep people coming in the door while they can avoid facing their outrageous turnover problems.


  2. Helpful (12)

    Watching a crash in slow motion!

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

    I worked at AKQA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people were great. The name looks good on the CV.

    Cons

    This place is about to crash. Nobody cares for AKQA. The good people are leaving.

    Advice to Management

    You guys do a bad job.


  3. Helpful (10)

    Awesome start to my career

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

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of professional pride in the pursuit of great work. Real champion of creativity and the next generation of talent. Great client list and top notch people to learn from.

    Cons

    If you need a very structured career path then this probably would not be the place for you as the best people often define their own roles.

    Advice to Management

    Keep sharing the stories of how you got to this point in your careers.


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  5. Helpful (13)

    Positive Reviews are FAKE!

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The office is cool. Bagels on Mondays. Normally, you'd say the people but THEY ARE ALL LEAVING!

    Cons

    DO NOT WORK THERE!!!! I was in the SF office for over a year and it's so bad they're posting fake reviews to help recruiting and their perception.
    - Leadership is terrible
    - The work is not is good because they have inexperienced people doing the work
    - The client management is terrible
    - They treat their employees very poorly

    Advice to Management

    quit and bring in some real leaders


  6. Helpful (3)

    Get in. Get out.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great client roster, great co-workers.

    Cons

    Leadership doesn't invest in career growth. Long hours for low pay. All resulting in tremendously high employee turnover and poor morale.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your employees!


  7. Helpful (13)

    Great experience!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Former Employee - Human Resources

    I worked at AKQA

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working for this company. Many brilliant and friendly people here that made working at an agency feel like home.

    Cons

    There weren't many cons at this company.

    Advice to Management

    Promote when it is needed and don't overlook those that are not eccentric


  8. Helpful (8)

    Front end developer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The DC office of AKQA was sort of special. Their web development team hosts regular technology presenatations that introduce new programming concepts, libraries, and frameworks. There is a lot of unique project work in this office, and many opportunities to lead your own work. The tech director is wise and facilitates employee needs. There is a nice beer fridge here and there are weekly happy hours. The Georgetown neighborhood is awesome. This is the best job I ever had, I just couldn't afford to live in DC on my salary (which was semi-competetive). I miss my cool coworkers.

    Cons

    Scheduling department has a defensive attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you were doing in late 2012/early 2013.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Art Director

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

    I have been working at AKQA

    Pros

    You learn a lot through hard work with big clients

    Cons

    They work you to the bone and don't reward talent. The salaries are low and there are no bonuses.


  10. Great place to work. But...

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

    I worked at AKQA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great, big name clients and the pool of talented people.

    Cons

    Long hours? C'mon. That's the norm when working in the industry. But what turned off some creative folks were that they were interviewed a second time to be considered to work on more the 'choice' accounts. I just don't think it's AKQA's nature or the norm to do that. It was just one notorious, director level individual who rubbed people the wrong way.

    Advice to Management

    There's plenty of advice posted.


  11. Helpful (20)

    Career highlight

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

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

    Pros

    I have met people during my time here that will be my friends for life. I’ve had the opportunity to do the best work of my career. I worked on a project that won a Cannes Lion. I've learned it's not how good you are, it's how good you want to be.

    Cons

    I've pulled all-nighters. I've disagreed with clients and account managers. Typical agency angst.



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