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

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Creative in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Creative in Washington, DC
Doesn't Recommend

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 Management

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.

Other Employee Reviews for AKQA

  1. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior CopyWriter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior CopyWriter in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - great design - great digital production - great tech people

    Cons

    - poor strategy - terrible senior management

    Advice to Management

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


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work. No egos.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hard working environment with smart people who are driven.

    Cons

    Low pay, and sometimes very long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Share other account's work with the agency.


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