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AKQA brill clients - awfull management structure

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Current Employee - Tekki in London, England (UK)
Current Employee - Tekki in London, England (UK)

I have been working at AKQA

Pros

In short you get to work on fantastic accounts, benifits are good, fry up on a friday is cool once a month

Cons

management just push and push till you fold you work silly hours and get no thanks , coming here is like going back 10 years they think a 50 hr week should be normal and celebrate peopel who do 100hr weeks ratehr than go hay we have somethign wrong here.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

get a grip - hrs spent does not equal good quality work produced , get people to work smarter not longer.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful

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

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    Former Employee - Technical in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical in London, England (UK)

    I worked at AKQA

    Pros

    Good 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

    Cons

    Being 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don'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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  2. 1 person found this helpful

    satisfactory

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AKQA

    Pros

    - Good people
    - minimal office politics

    Cons

    - long hours without compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - offer more employee benefits for the long hours they put in

    No opinion of CEO
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