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Helpful (1)

Work hard on great brands. Try not to burn out.

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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 full-time

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Smart people. Big brands. Lots of team-building, drink-the kool-aid events. Digital natives from jr to ACD level. Execs want to get it. Great networking.

Cons

Low pay. Below average for the industry, and especially for San Francisco. Lots of long hours and weekend work. High risk of burnout. High turnover, even for advertising.

Advice to Management

Retention is essential. Pay more. Respect the voices of the digital natives. Communicate with staff about their jobs, careers and performance more than once a year. Publicly proclaimed culture does not match the culture in the building.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    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.

  2. 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 Management

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

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