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Typical Agency Grind In a Desolate Workplace

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

Pros

One of the best, if not only things that AKQA has going for itself is it's talented team members and high profile clients. You get to work with really bright creative and technical folks producing relevant work seen by millions. Working with talented folks lends itself to growth in skill sets and great work experience.

Cons

Unfortunately despite the pros, there's a lot broken with this workplace both culturally and institutionally.

For starters, there's no work life balance in what's a very "heads down" office culture. By heads down I mean folks aren't especially friendly, mostly due to preoccupation with workloads and the lack of cohesion within the office, relationships within teams or across disciplines are not fostered (and in some cases discouraged). Furthermore, relationships are strained and internal politics are overwhelming -- internal politics being one of the biggest hurdle for producing great work and also mostly attributes to stress within the workplace.

Institutionally the management hierarchy and their oversight is either a burden to you or simply non-existent . While it may be apparent who your day-to-day manager is, anything beyond this is simply a mirage. The senior management team can be both completely hands off or incredibly intrusive if there's an issue. Accountability only matters when there's an issue, which is an unfairly selective notion for a very thankless work environment. There is no investment in employees, especially for the long term.

In regards to the thankless work environment, great work is rarely recognized, postmortems and retrospectives are even rarer due to the pace of work. There is no bonus structure here, so don't expect any additional compensation for late nights, weekend work, or over the holiday -- this is on top of wages being below market despite very large margins of billable rates vs salary.

Working at AKQA may open a few doors in the future, but not much of an advantage taking into account the above.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Try building an environment that not only fosters great work, but invests in your employees and compensates them appropriately (either through recognition, monetary, or career advancement). Provide more oversight and structure to the discipline and account leads.

Senior management, no one knows what you actually do.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful

    Overrated

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    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Cool office and culture, with some industry perks.

    Cons

    Over worked and underpaid. No support from management, and you are basically expected to do your job as best you can and thats it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support and LEAD your teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 3 people found this helpful

    No Room to Grow

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The people are fantastic- they are the work hard play hard type. They also celebrate employees anniversaries, baby showers, engagements, etc. which leads to they are a very close knit group of people.

    Cons

    There is no room to grow- I felt stuck in my job for quite awhile after expressing my interested to progress to the next step. I unfortunately was met with either a glass ceiling or a path I did not want to continue on.

    There is also literally no room to grow in the NY office. Teams have been spilling into rented workspaces for over a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create some sort of learning and development department to allow your employees to grow themselves as they grow in their careers. Investing in their futures will create a happier employee base- one less likely to jump ship when things get tough.

    Doesn't Recommend
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