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Needs to be more transparent about the type of work they do.

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Former Employee - Copywriter  in  San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Copywriter in San Francisco, CA

I worked at AKQA full-time for less than a year

Pros

You learn a lot about UX
Great people

Cons

It's basically a production house
Most work is not creative, more of a utility
Each account feels like a separate agency

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Technology isn't valued

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    Current Employee - Web Developer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at AKQA full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Opportunity to work with fun, lively, smart people

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    Former Employee - Media Supervisor  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at AKQA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Coworkers, innovative thinking, upper management that cares about the success and happiness of their staff

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be a challenge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep fighting for the well being of your staff-- you're doing a great job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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