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6 people found this helpful  

Not perfect by any means, but still a better place to work than 90% of the ad agencies out there.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at AKQA

Pros

On the higher end of the tier in terms of quality of work, innovation and creativity. A great place to get up to speed from a digital perspective. Great on a resume. Egos and politics are at a minimum (when compared to other agencies). There are no perfect places to work (you will always find something to complain about, right?). But if you look at the ad agency landscape and put things in perspective, this is a really good place to work. More good qualities than bad, and you will get a lot of opportunities to do good, sometimes great work. Plus there are a lot of nice people working here. The social culture is very good.

Cons

Salaries are on the lower end of the ad agency scale. Needs to be better about rewarding and retaining their superstars. Needs to be less conservative about promotions, especially in an improving job market.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Needs to think more outside the box about salaries and raises. React to the market and reward the superstars. Give raises to them under those terms, rather than a uniform percentage. Because if you don't, there are plenty of companies who understand their value and will lure them away.

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Horribly mismanaged, with rampant incompetency at all levels of account management and an absent strategic focus.

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    Current Employee - Creative  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Creative in Washington, DC

    I have been working at AKQA

    Pros

    Cool-looking office, location, a beer fridge, and a pool table.

    Cons

    But the above serve as distractions from the terrible work environment--a reason not many stay here for longer than a year. The company hires inexperienced account managers who also serve as project managers--many of these hires have never worked for a digital agency before, or have had any significant experience dealing with other agencies and clients. As a result, requirements are not accurately translated to Creative and Technical teams, project scopes constantly swing, budgets are stretched, client expectations and trust are frequently blown, and the guns turn on you.

    Nearly all company events are centered around alcohol. The atmosphere can be cliquey and suffocating.

    Hiring is completely reactive, instead of being strategic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the glaring problems within the Account team. Hire competent project managers and product managers that have had a deep experience working with blue-chip clients in a digital agency environment. Allow the Creative team to take more of a leadership role in driving the ideas forward. Hire strategic planners with a proven record.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at AKQA

    Pros

    Work environment is laid back, yet very focused on getting things done. The management team is accessible and transparent about what's happening with the business. I feel like it's a company who genuinely cares about the people and the environment as well as delivering great work for clients. It's definitely a place that has a high bar for success, but if you're up for putting your best forward it's a great place to work.

    Cons

    Still runs a bit like a small company in some regards but the good thing about that is there's not any bureaucracy or red tape to getting things done.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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