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3 people found this helpful  

Good for the young. Better than other agencies, but still a media agency.

Technical (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

ProsGood balance between being a large company and an independent agency - you get the best of both worlds.
For technical people hours are not so long (but creatives are not so lucky)
The IT dept. is very responsive and leaves staff freedom to admin their machines
They win big accounts with the brief of coming up with good ideas, so the projects can be fun.
More process oriented than any other creative agency I have worked for (for a tekkie, that is a pro :-)
Staff tend to be young and fun hipsters (in production at least)
A couple of years there look very good on your CV

ConsBeing creatively led can be frustrating for tekkies - you have to bend backwards to implement their sometimes daft ideas.
Technology stack is set in stone and a bit mainstream: Java, .NET, jQuery, svn. No other options.
Management often waste a lot of the budget, and by the time it reaches production there is little left (this is true of ALL media agencies, to be fair).
Career opportunities are nil. Most people will leave at the same level at which they enter.
They foster internal competition which doesn't suit everybody (that could be just the tek dept. though, which is run by someone from the finance industry)

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't make promises about career advancement during the interview if you don't mean it, just because you are desperate to fill in the position.

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    5 people found this helpful  

    60 hour weeks plus weekends...the AKQA name gives your resume a great boost - but this is a REAL dead end job.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    I worked at AKQA


    Pros: VERY dedicated staff. Provides a fun atmosphere which is necessary given that this job is your entire life. Lots of free fresh fruit… Cons: Senior leadership should be much more experienced. You're expected at work by 9:30AM regardless of the fact that you left at 3AM the night… Advice to Senior Management: With turnover of capable and experienced senior leadership, the bar should be equally high if not higher for those that are hired as replacements. … More
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    Really great for your CV

    Strategic Planner (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    I worked at AKQA


    Pros: Clients brands, professional set up, lots to keep you busy Cons: too process focused, very long hours, bad snacks Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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