AKQA
3.0 of 5 161 reviews
www.akqa.com San Francisco, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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5 people found this helpful  

Eh. If interested, you'll last approximately 2 months before regretting your decision. Probably less.

Designer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at AKQA full-time for more than a year

Pros-Most of the people there are truly good people hoping to do just awesome work.
-Relaxed work environment.
-Strong developer team.
-Soccer team

Cons-Senior creatives lack drive and ambition to push junior creatives to do good work or worse, they push creatives in directions that go overbudget for pitiful ROI
-No development for the juniors, just career managers you've never met or have no respect for.
-Egos inflated by work done 10-12 years ago. Digital Agency of the Year... sure if you just look at $$$ only (pro-tip: charge more, get dAOY).
-Lack of commitment to any process which in turn slows down efficiency which leads to my next point
-Expected to work long hours... this would be fine if the work was worth working on.

Advice to Senior ManagementSenior creatives should be replaced. No one is making anything newsworthy other than your London office. Develop your talent. Work for your employees... there's a reason they're leaving in droves.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good culture, less than ideal management. process, and compensation.

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at AKQA full-time for more than a year


Pros: Attitudes at this company are good. The people are relaxed, friendly, and generally approachable. Managers do their best to ship deliverables. The benefits, while not… Cons: I read that compensation levels were low before I started, but we're talking about a 40% pay difference between this job and another programming gig.… Advice to Senior Management: Pay your technical staff more. While AKQA is a major contender in the digital ad space, working at an agency as a software professional is… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at AKQA full-time


Pros: Smart people. Big brands. Lots of team-building, drink-the kool-aid events. Digital natives… Cons: Low pay. Below average for the industry, and especially for San Francisco. Lots of… Advice to Senior Management: Retention is essential. Pay more. Respect the voices of the digital natives. Communicate with staff about their jobs,… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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