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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Hands on Learning Internship!

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    Current Employee - Account Management Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Management Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at AKQA

    Pros

    Almost complete autonomy in internship tasks, pays off a lot in the long run when presenting experiuence for Job interview after graduation.

    Cons

    Too Short and no room for being timid. If you arent assertive can fade to dark behind strong personalities of other Account Coordinators. I was the only intern in the DC Office, so I had to build confidence quick to make a name.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Connect all interns in some fashion, i.e. internal networks. Would have made the internship a bit easier to bear in the future.

    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Rampant mismanagement and lack of cohesive, strategic leadership

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

    I have been working at AKQA

    Pros

    Great location (if you like Georgetown)
    Great creative reputation (although the DC office rides the coattails of San Francisco and London offices, who have much larger and more prestigious client portfolios)

    Cons

    Inexperienced project management and account coordination and client services teams, which means frequent communication breakdowns with clients and internally, resulting in wasted technical work, frustration.

    The Creative team's output is often managed by the Account team, which means that the results can be awkward and less than inspiring--not up to the AKQA quality that the client expects.

    The Tech team is often saddled with the burden of managing late breaking scope and requirements changes, when many of these could have been mitigated through better project management. As a result, the tech work experience can range from the mundane to the frustrating. Expect very little support from senior leadership (Tech Director, Account Directors, General Managers) to your concerns. The attitude is "suck it up and bear it".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better project managers to reduce wasted work effort. Clients are frustrated and so are internal team members. Account management is lacking in basic project coordination expertise, zeal, and direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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