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Good place to work on the whole, but be prepared for the agency ethos if you've not worked for one before.

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Former Employee - Senior Web Developer  in  London, England (UK)
Former Employee - Senior Web Developer in London, England (UK)

I worked at AKQA

Pros

The people are AKQA's greatest strength. Yes, being an agency some of the "creatives" boggled the mind a bit, and there were occasional frictions but on the whole the team worked well.

Being a techie, I was never particularly bothered by the "zomg we have such cool clients" ethos, but it was possible to work on some really interesting technical challenges using the latest technology.

Cons

The company does get a bit too pleased with itself sometimes - too many people, more the higher up you go, believe their own propaganda a bit too much. However, that's an understandable occupational hazard of working for an agency - if *they* don't believe they're the most special people in the world, how will they convince potential clients?

Communication is sometimes a bit poor, and there's always been a tendency of the account management people to promise clients the moon on a stick and then refuse to listen to technical reason as to why what they've just promised is undesirable or impossible.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Try not to drink quite so much of the AKQA Kool-Aid.

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Other Reviews for AKQA

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    AKQA provides a great proving ground to start a career, as well as strong opportunities for future growth

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at AKQA

    Pros

    Strong brand, culture of innovation and work ethic

    Cons

    poor work/ life balance, yearly promotion cycle, poor approach to economic downturn (i.e., policy towards promotion of staff and pay rises), poor project finance management systems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am frustrated by the processes employed to measure staff productivity as well as the poor finance management systems

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great PR, great clients, but poor management.

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    Current Employee - Account Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at AKQA

    Pros

    It's a company at the top of the tree, very well respected and revered within the industry. It has an amazing client list and has worked with many of its clients for many years. People genuinely care about each other and will often go to great lengths to help out. There's a great after work drinks culture if that's your thing.

    Cons

    Leadership and mangagement are generally poor, and there is a culture of who you know rather than what you know allowing you to get ahead: promotions and benefits usually go to those who can talk the talk rather than necessarily those who walk the walk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair. Stop being blinded by fancy presentation and get into the detail of what's genuinely working and not working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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