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Good place to work, but lots of pressure

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Former Employee - Senior Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Senior Web Developer in San Francisco, CA

I worked at AKQA full-time (More than 3 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Interesting work. Fast paced. Good place to learn.

Cons

High pressure. Demanding clients. Account teams don't know how to handle clients.

Advice to Management

Client management is the key to retaining employees.

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  1. Helpful (7)

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

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    Former Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at AKQA full-time (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

    Senior 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.


  2. Helpful (6)

    AKQA great for creative centric initiateves, stay away if you're a technologist or front end developer

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    Former Employee - CRD in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - CRD in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at AKQA full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on exciting brands, .25 cent snacks in vending machine, monday bagels

    Cons

    No process on delivering complex engagements outside of microsites, very bottom heavy with inexperienced project managment

    Advice to Management

    Stick with campaigns, social media, and other creative initiatives, otherwise leave complex projects to other digital agencies that understand what it takes to deliver


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