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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 (More than 3 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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 Management

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.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Low Pay. Overworked

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at AKQA

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Egos and politics are at a minimum.

    Cons

    They seem to only care about their image in terms of the level of "innovation" in the work.

    You're expected at the office by 9:30 AM regardless of the fact that you left at 3:00 AM the night before. If you stand up for yourself by valuing work life balance you're looked at as "not being a team player."

    Advice to Management

    Realize that there is more to life than winning awards.


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