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Smoke and mirror

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at AKQA

Pros

If you're into technology and making apps, AKQA is the place to go. But don't expect to learn any branding or big thinking.

Cons

The leadership only cares about maximizing profits at the expense of pursuing creative ideas. They don't know how to build brands. Only cares about tactical executions and making money of producing banners and apps. In essence AKQA is a production company, not an agency.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    good environment, but rapid growth causing some problems

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at AKQA

    Pros

    It's a privately held, stable company, with lots of smart people. The work is strong and the brands are mostly fun.

    Cons

    They're somewhat conservative with pay increases. The hours can be long, depending on what role you're in. They're growing and run short of office space so it gets crowded at times. The chaos level gets high due to lots of new people on top of the typical turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not too late for some of you to get out of advertising and use your talents towards the betterment of humanity.

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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    It is what you make of it.

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

    I worked at AKQA

    Pros

    Great client rosters, talented and passionate colleagues, interesting projects and challenges. Ability to work on multiple/different accounts if you speak up or want a new challenge.

    Cons

    High burn and churn rate. Very little mentoring. Long hours - overtime and weekends. Pitches are the worst. Lack of resources to properly staff projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It takes more than beer to keep talent. Teach and inspire creatives to be better at their job. Demand the same level of innovation and creativity from account and project management that you expect from the creative department.

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