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Award-winning creative in a young, driven environment

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Former Contractor - SEM & SEO in San Francisco, CA
Former Contractor - SEM & SEO in San Francisco, CA

I worked at AKQA as a contractor (more than a year)

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

Pros

there are always new projects in the pipeline
management provides flexibility and growth
co-workers are smart, self-motivated, and fun
great location (SF HQ office)

Cons

I worked in Search, which is in LL2, the basement--no windows!

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  1. Helpful (7)

    Going downhill fast

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    Current Employee - Strategist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Strategist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at AKQA full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Was a great culture with great people. Fun projects and good alignment with other teams. Incredible visionaries who did some great incredible work.

    Cons

    Cheap company. Finance department is intolerable to get things improved. No vision beyond some great project based work. Very siloed, creative teams dispersed through the building but yet media and search teams reside in the basement where they have been for years. Now that there is a WPP acquisition, key leadership employees have been leaving. What was once a shining star really seems to be losing its luster, and fast.

    Advice to Management

    Stabilize the ship, or you are going to lose 50% of your employees in the next year.

  2. Helpful (5)

    Old Men's Club Vibe in Agency Seeking to Innovate

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

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

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

    Pros

    -Dogs Allowed in office
    -Super smart, driven employees w/ agency experience
    -Great SF location
    -Good Reputation in Industry
    -Good for creatives

    Cons

    -Does not look out for junior level employees
    -Favoritism shown towards tenured, mostly male, employees
    -Corporate Vibe - Definitely not your "fun, creative" atmosphere found at most agencies in the area

    Advice to Management

    Remember your junior level employees, re-install the creative, small agency feel that no longer exists, stop hiring boring people.

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