AKQA

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sr software engineer

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at AKQA

Pros

range of client work & technology.
many brand work successes, awards, exposure and visibility.

Cons

the fickled nature of client work can lead to thrashing.
the layers of management on projects is usually excessive.
employee turnover.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

focus on nurture and care for your best employees. find a way to keep the talent that keeps walking out the door.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A new emergency almost every day

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at AKQA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Location across the street from AT&T, with rooftop views of The Bay.
    Great access to MUNI and CalTrain
    25 cent snacks, 50 cent soda, free water and tea
    Comfortable chair
    Bagels on Mondays
    Fruit on Tuesdays and Thursdays
    Two story dungeon with cyclone fencing and cinder-block ambiance. This could qualify as a con if you have to work down there.

    Cons

    Company is moving into a new office away from AT&T Park, MUNI, and CalTrain
    Two managers. I quit before they could give me a third.
    Frequently had a manager tell me that I had to immediately stop whatever I was working on and work on something else. Had to get approval from my other manager before I could switch tasks.
    Too many employees, too little floor space assigned. Other areas of the office were nearly vacant.
    Lunch areas doubled as conference rooms.
    Dog fighting. 0/10 Will never work in another pet friendly office.
    Loud arguing 2 cubicles over regarding the latest emergency.
    Caught a couple of illnesses floating around the office. Was called out weeks later for taking time off.
    Ulcer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It wouldn't kill you to step aside and let me complete a task before putting me to work on a new one.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't work here if you are an engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The Creative Development department was good to work with. I worked with many great people.

    Cons

    Everything else was horrible. Systematic problems, massively underpaid employees. High rate of unfulfilled promises (e.g. 100%). Lies about salary bracketing. I would even warn against contracting at AKQA. The bottom line is that if you are an engineer, this might make your skills decline, and may hurt your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't take advantage of your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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