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Company is a the best agency I've worked at.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at AKQA

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

AKQA's reputation in the marketplace is second to none.

Cons

The requirement of people's billability is a bit unrealistic.

Advice to Management

Less hierarchy in all departments. Account Management, creative, technology, and project management are way too deep.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Great at pitching terrible at delivering...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at AKQA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great client list, some fantastic work and awards. Very creative indeed and most of the work has an edge of cool to it. Some really nice, driven people. Great fun if after work drinking with your work mates is your thing.

    Cons

    Horrendous working hours, bad account management and absolutely no long term project management. Life is just one great big pitch - when it comes to actually delivering it is a very difficult environment to work in, especially if you are not one of the Creatives.

    Playing catch-up seems to be the norm at AKQA - they either don't accurately scope how long things take to do or they spend so much time wasting time that everyone ends up working til midnight to kick something through the door.

    I don't think AKQA are great at anything that outside of mega creative. Technical reasoning seems to take a back seat and nobody thinks too hard about users either.

    All in all, not a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop working your great people to death. Allow enough time to develop properly. Practise all those fantastic things you preach in your pitches.

  2. Helpful (5)

    Top Work Produced But Not Well-Compensated

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AKQA

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Name recognition: AKQA looks good on your resume
    - Casual atmosphere: not as corporate and stuffy as other shops
    - Creative environment: top talent (who usually don't stay long) inspire you to produce your best work

    Cons

    - Severe underpay: Why does AKQA think it is OK to underpay for the amount and quality of work they expect?
    - Sweatshop environment: Top accounts are expected to work around the clock and weekends.
    - Immature leadership: Managers will behave passive-aggressively rather than talk directly about interpersonal issues.
    - Clueless about tech: AKQA was to build itself into a digital shop, but has it all wrong about how to do it. This is frustrating place for tech developers and interaction designers.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate top talent and value employee retention. Be open to new ideas and support them. Consider that you might be wrong and that you need to update your assumptions.

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