AKQA

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1 person found this helpful  

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

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  • 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    A new emergency almost every day

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    • 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. 6 people found this helpful  

    Tons of opportunities...not a lot of work.

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

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

    Pros

    -famous brands
    -smart creatives+tech
    -good name

    Cons

    -cheap
    -unmanaged client expectations
    -reactionary leadership
    -poor communication within departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the employees you have, not the ones you're trying to get.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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