AKQA

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Good stepping stone job, but not a good long-term solution if you want work/life balance.

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

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

Pros

AKQA has a roster of great brands that can provide excellent experience & portfolio pieces
There are some nice people working here
They're trying new tactics for improving culture & wellness

Cons

Reducing overwork is not in the culture & wellness agenda
They are spineless when it comes to standing up to clients for AKQA creatives (until it involves charging them for work).
Awful management - my direct manager once told me when I was being overworked to not do as good of a job.
In my role, there was no advancement beyond Senior-level.
Only a couple people care in each team - the others accept misery and make it their identity
You are expected to work AT LEAST until 6pm and often on late nights & evenings.
No follow-through from upper management on helping you achieve your career goals
People allow management to work them silly because it's "advertising" - they get away with stealing your personal life with this attitude.
You'd think with a company so big you'd make a lot of friends...there are a LOT of people here who don't want to be happy or go beyond acquaintances. That's fine - but it's hard to go to bat for people who you know only are nice when they want something.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get rid of the people who don't care about their work and those who embody negativity.
Show you appreciate individual effort with action (not just employee of the quarter/year but raises & promotions).
Protect your creatives from grueling deadlines.
Figure out what's happening on the account side of things so creatives who care have enough time to do the job the right way.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1.  

    Innovative Company with fun perks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AKQA full-time

    Pros

    Great people, beautiful office environment and cutting edge projects.

    Cons

    High turnover, weak managment hierarchy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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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