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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)

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!

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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