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Technology isn't valued

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Web Developer in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at AKQA full-time (More than 3 years)

Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Good benefits. Somewhat flexible work schedule. Large company, so you get access to a large pool of 'resources' (people). Minimal micromanaging. Can have large swaths of downtime to work on personal projects.

Cons

AKQA thinks the only assets at the company are art directors, copywriters, and graphic designers. The technology departments (front end and back end) are treated strictly as a production line. Don't expect anyone in the project management or account executive departments to know anything about technology. Don't expect anyone to ask your opinion, or ever remember anything you said to them about technical requirements. Do expect them to burn too much of their budget in the 'creative' phase and make up for it by squeezing your timeline.

This office of the company was taken over by an account executive last year, and it shows. Mistakes were made, a large percentage of the staff quit, and a lot of money has been lost. The office has moved to a smaller space with less privacy, but no more collaboration.

Advice to Management

You can't afford to treat your developers like cogs, especially if you're not willing to pay market salary. This should have been made evident to you when most of your backend quit, and continues to have high turn around. You want to be a leader in technology, but you don't want to invest in your technology departments. You say that you do, but in the last three years, I haven't seen any of it materialize.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Overworked , underpaid, unappricated

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - MSA in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - MSA in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart talented people. Interesting clients. New culture and wellness has added more workout classes, breakfast Monday, blue bottle cart on wed.

    Cons

    They work people until they break and want to leave. Lots of long long nights. no dogs in new office. management is not the worst just needs improvement and guidance. High turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate present employees vs. trying to win back old employees. Disorganized.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Been here for 6 months and I regret my decision to work here

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The people. They are all nice and hardworking. Everyone here aims to be better than they were yesterday. A lot of people put in the time and effort to make great work. I have met some of my lifelong friends here.

    Cons

    Its an every man for himself kind of environment
    No one looks out for the young creatives
    Too many meetings
    long hours at the office
    overworked and overtired
    too focused on getting new clients than making great work
    high turnover rate


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