AKQA

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Hard work, long hours, lack of praise and/or benefits.

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

I have been working at AKQA

Pros

- Work on great high profile creative projects
- Good clients
- Name on CV is worth it's weight in gold

Cons

- Long hours
- Lack of benefits for effort put in
- Poor pay compared to other agencies
- Limited time off
- Lack of praise for hard work

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Nice style, no substance.

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    it takes more than beer to keep top talent

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Art Director
    Former Employee - Art Director

    I worked at AKQA

    Pros

    well-known in the industry, fun place to work day to day,

    Cons

    no work / life balance, Project Managers and Account People overstep their boundaries by over promising to clients and trying to dictate creative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take better care of the talent and make sure administrative and support positions understand what their jobs are

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    An impressive company overall - but look before you leap

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at AKQA

    Pros

    * Not many agencies can match a client roster like this - Ferrari, Nike, Warner Brothers, Visa, XBOX, Fiat, Heineken, Diageo, Unilever, etc... If you're a career focused agency type who wants to play with the big boys, this is the place to be.

    * Some of the most comprehensive best practices in the industry - AKQA train their staff well and you'll learn more than you ever thought.

    * Great social life if you're into drinking and/or socialising with your workmates and your team.

    * Good opportunities to transfer internationally - London, Amsterdam, Berlin, New York, etc... - AKQA do make efforts to give you a world-class experience (literally) if you want it.

    Cons

    * The days when AKQA was focused on innovative design and quality service are gone. Now, it's all about one thing - serving their shareholders. AKQA haven't dished out pay reviews or bonuses in a long time but the perks to the senior execs are very, very visible.

    * Poor work/life balance and it's getting worse. High profile clients come at a price and that price is you, especially if you work on these accounts. The more high profile the account you work on, the more pressure there is for you to deliver. If you end up on one of the more bread and butter accounts, you'll be ignored or often treated as a second class citizen.

    * Shoddy and often chaotic project and account management. I do feel sorry for the account services teams as they are in the front lines of serving multiple masters, but as overwhelmed as they are - they won't rock the boat and that effect is felt all throughout their teams.

    * Lots of attitude and ego and not much substance on the creative side, especially the higher up the food chain you go. If you're coming to AKQA to build really innovative products or to work with people who are genuinely passionate about design, you're in the wrong place. You have been warned.

    * Very young teams overall. Great if you're in your early to mid-20's but otherwise, you'll feel out of place unless you're in the management team.

    * Technical teams are hit and miss. A growing reliance on freelancers and outsourcing means lots of variable quality. Good people are snapped up and not allowed to leave their teams, leaving the rest just come and go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what got the agency where it is now. It wasn't about greed. It was about vision and the right people on the right projects at the right time.

    Focus on your staff first and the awards and clients will come faster than you might think.

    Disapproves of CEO
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