AKQA

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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.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work!

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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

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learned how to make digital stuff, not create good ideas.

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    Former Employee - Senior CopyWriter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior CopyWriter in New York, NY

    I worked at AKQA

    Pros

    - great design
    - great digital production
    - great tech people

    Cons

    - poor strategy
    - terrible senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start using your strategy people and start making real briefs. Time to grow up.

    No opinion of CEO
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