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2 people found this helpful  

Good luck.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

I worked at AKQA full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

cool client names
neat pool table
lots of events
high tech projects
fun some of the time

Cons

Mostly a young company with lots of events with alcohol.

There's too much preference for employee versus contractor. Some contractors are longer term than employees and contractors don't get enough credit for their work.

They have tech group on a different floor than creative and most of management. This can create conflict .
Inexperienced managers need to learn from the experienced ones how to direct the client's decisions over just filling out their requests.

Lots of hours low pay compared to others in the industry. Don't expect comp days.

Management has a lack of people skills so they create and exacerbate problems they could be solving. Not a lot of maturity is either practiced or encouraged. More professional companies have less people problems.

Management also needs to keep their promises regarding cash rewards and be generous about cash payments for things other companies would pay for out of hand such as getting business for the company, providing employee referrals, etc.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Read that Velocity book your CEO wrote and practice it. Value workers. Find ways to break up cliques, or at least be less obvious about them. Make sure you are valuing those who aren't in the fraternity club. Value performance. Teach managers people skills both on a policy level and personally. Independently review each group's processes. Interactions team lacks a QA process for example so occasionally functional specs aren't designed for a complete system. Developers can help with this.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
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  1.  

    Terrific company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at AKQA full-time

    Pros

    Smart teams, high-profile projects, strong management practices. Relaxed environment, family-friendly. Great exposure to variety of technologies and tools. Lots of interesting work going on.

    Cons

    Some projects get pretty massive, which can get tiring creatively. Inter office communication/sharing could be better. Need more interaction between tech and design.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for departments to interact. Per-project bonuses would be good, too.

  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Needs focus in direction. Pick a side, already.

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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

    Location, Location, Location
    Office space - cool building, sweet studio space
    Smart peers (some)

    Cons

    Clueless, terribly confused management
    Clueless, terribly confused management
    Clueless, terribly confused management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If there was ever a dysfunctional, bizzaro management team, this is it. And not in a cool, creative way.
    Just because you have a monkey on speed, doesn't mean that the monkey is smart. And it certainly doesnt mean said monkey is a good manager. Your chairman just wrote a brilliant book, read it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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