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AKQA Overview

www.akqa.com
London, England (UK)
1001 to 5000 employees
WPP Group
1994
Company - Public
Business Services
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
At AKQA we believe in the imaginative application of art and science to create beautiful ideas, products and services. With an entrepreneurial and collaborative approach, we design adaptive digital services and applications that capture the imagination, delivering impressive ... Read more

Mission: The future inspires us. We work to inspire.

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AKQA – Why Work For Us?


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The imaginative application of art and science to create beautiful ideas, products and services.


DIGITAL INNOVATION & SERVICE DESIGN

AKQA’s influential work is recognised worldwide for its pioneering approach, continuing to define and lead the industry.

We ideate, design and deliver iconic digital products and services that improve people’s lives. Our multidisciplinary team has been involved in some of the most groundbreaking projects across multiple industries. We collaborate with sophisticated clients to deliver a cohesive blueprint that will satisfy audience needs and surpass business goals.

SOCIAL

Our distinguished social media practitioners have world-class capabilities and experience, delivering a sustained, integrated, managed, measurable ecosystem that is guided by our clients’ commercial requirements and new opportunities.

AKQA's social media team has a unique leadership position that provides our clients with unrivalled competitive advantage, helping them to successfully navigate multiple regions, platforms and channels to deliver seamless solutions.

DATA SCIENCE

AKQA’s Data Science team is recognised as one of the world’s foremost groups, delivering highly sophisticated solutions to complex and challenging client requirements.

Many organisations – leaders in their respective industries – entrust their Data Science work to our team. Our use of advanced algorithms, analytics, knowledge of cutting-edge software and technologies is unrivalled. AKQA’s high-caliber Data Scientists are distinguished by their exceptional professional judgment, diversity of experience across categories and a proven track record of innovation.

ENGINEERING

AKQA's engineering-led approach delivers digital ecosystems for world leading brands.

Our approach strips out anything that does not improve performance. Our obsession with technical detail and sophisticated engineering rigour provides the means to operate at speed and scale, without compromise. The result is always a simpler, smarter, faster solution that will outperform expectations and rival services. Motivated by engineering frictionless solutions that endure and ideas previously thought impossible, we deliver the work that creates new categories and redefines existing ones.

BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION & COMMERCE

Our clients repeatedly tell us that AKQA’s commitment to meaningful, strategic innovation is one of the characteristics that differentiates our firm.

We accelerate our client’s innovation advantage through an entrepreneurial mindset. Combining the speed, agility, perspective and creativity of a start-up with best practice delivery capability, we help our clients to unlock new revenue streams and increase their relevance for a new generation of customers. The core philosophy and foundation of AKQA’s commerce work is that it should deliver industry leadership for clients.


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CREATE WHAT'S NEXT

AKQA has an unmatched reputation for revolutionary work. Since our founding we have consistently been among the world’s most influential and awarded agencies.

Our record of achievement results from our team's collaboration with clients. Many of the world’s most prestigious clients entrust AKQA with their ideas and innovation work.

This opportunity coupled with exposure to work that is at the cutting edge - in an environment that champions creativity and thought leadership - makes for a career enriched with learning and achievement.


Working at AKQA


CORE VALUES Our founding values guide our work and the philosophy of our firm:
 
  • Innovation – pioneering ideas combined with the application of technology, to achieve lasting improvements in performance for our clients
  • Service – outstanding service to our clients and colleagues, so we retain exceptional people and create trust-based relationships
  • Quality – adhere to the highest professional standards and superior quality
  • Thought – recommending the best solutions through the most rigorous thinking process
TEAMWORK AKQA provides the highest quality ideas and innovation services to clients around the world. Our consistent track-record of results achieved for clients have set our firm apart. Through our focus on our core values, thought-leadership, rigorous delivery, and industry initiatives, AKQA is today one of the world’s most influential companies. Our goal is to become a high-performance environment where the most talented people flourish. With our perfectionist approach, people join AKQA for the opportunity to do the best work of their careers.


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We create digital products, services and immersive experiences that are useful, usable, delightful and enjoyed by millions. We employ a rapid ideation and prototyping process that focuses on getting pilots into market quickly, helping clients make a sustained impact, increase their relevance and expand their connection. By embracing a pioneering approach that continues to lead and define the industry, we deliver cohesive blueprints that fulfil audience needs and surpass business goals.

LONG-TERM COMMITMENT AKQA is committed to helping our team develop into the best possible practitioners and to providing them with an unparalleled foundation for their career. We help well-rounded professionals to acquire leadership skills more quickly than at other organisations. Our employees benefit from the trusted long-term nature of our client relationships as well as the cultural alignment between the client and our own organisation, creating an optimum environment to deliver the work without any compromises.


ORGANISED TO SUCCEED The core motivation and primary goal at AKQA is product excellence. Although we are part of WPP, AKQA operates independently. Organically grown, our team works as a single firm, without geographic division. This means we can bring resources from across our network to provide solutions for our clients. Over 70% of our clients work with our team in multiple regions.
 

In addition to our own Future Lions initiative, we have formed partnerships with many of the world’s leading universities so we can hire their best graduates. We combine youth and energy with maturity and experience to form a community that has a unique diversity of knowledge and exceptional professional judgement.

DEVELOPMENT In addition to on-the-job training, AKQA offers a menu of training through the AKQA Academy and WPP Professional Development. This comprehensive curriculum of formal training is designed to equip our team with the substantive creative, engineering, business acumen, communications, management and analytical skills required to have professionally rewarding careers. AKQA Academy and WPP Professional Development courses are taught by leaders in their fields including AKQA’s own senior team and respected external experts.


To maintain the continuous focus on our core values, and provide a clear career path for our team, all of our Managing Directors and Executive Partners are promoted from within AKQA.

All AKQA employees and clients are invited to participate in the AKQA Insight and AKQA Tech.Insight thought leadership programmes. These comprise a series of informative lectures and Q&A sessions with authors, artists, athletes, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs who are recognised leaders in their respective disciplines.

DIVERSITY We believe that diversity is vital to AKQA’s ability to provide our clients with the best recommendations and are committed to fostering a varied and inclusive work environment. We provide our employees with the canvas, tools and confidence to help them advance their careers in a way that best suits them.

SUSTAINABILITY At AKQA we believe everything a company does should be about taking the responsibility to be respectful towards the community and the environment. We consider community and pro-bono work to be an important commitment of our employees. We encourage our team to devote their skills to a broad range of community activities, working with a myriad of charitable and not-for-profit organisations. AKQA is part of WPP’s Sustainability initiatives. WPP is ranked no. 49 in an annual round-up of the World’s Greenest Companies.

http://www.akqa.com/careers 

Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Storytellers. 

AKQA is always looking for passionate people who share a commitment to our founding values of Innovation, Service, Quality and Thought. 

We have earned numerous international accolades, including Agency of the Year a record 31 times. At the end of 2011, AKQA was named Agency of the Year on both sides of the Atlantic by Adweek and Campaign magazines.

We bring ideas and innovation to forward-thinking companies such as Anheuser-Busch, Audi, Delta, Google, Nike, Target, Verizon, and Xbox. AKQA is home to more than 1,400 employees around the world, with offices in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, London, New York, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, Shanghai, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

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    "Great Agency, Fun Staff, Intensely Creative"

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    Pros

    The best thing about this office of AKQA is how happy and connected the staff are. Every day I come into work I see smiles on everyone's faces. People are happy here. This is the Bay Area so it's Tech focused...that means the vibe is a perfect mix of nerdy and cool. They have an impressive roster of clients and a killer work ethic. On a daily basis, I'm reminded that I'm working amongst the most talented and innovative people in the world. I'm constantly amazed at the ideas coming out of my coworkers...who come from all over the world. Everything is a team effort. At other agencies, there is a sink or swim mentality projected on to individuals. At AKQA SF, it feels like the team sinks or swims together. They have an amazing wellness manager who works to bring people together and encourage healthiness. It's a great place to hang out.

    Cons

    Um, where's the beer on tap? No nap pods? I suppose ping pong and kegorators of cold brew coffee will have to do.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening, Keep inspiring the team to reach for the stars.

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AKQA Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at AKQA (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    I interviewed at the SF Office for Associate Campaign Manager. The process was incredibly thorough. They put a great deal of effort into vetting potential employees. Special shout out to Tamika Ephraim, the Media Recruiter. She was incredibly attentive, accommodating and helpful during the entire process. Everything was explained clearly and transparently about the process, the role and the timeline. She was instrumental in guiding me towards the role and I couldn't be happier to have worked with her.

    Great interview process overall, not easy or hard but they definitely take their time to make sure it's a great fit on both sides.

    Interview Questions

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AKQA Awards & Accolades

  • Ad Agency A-List Standout, Advertising Age, 2015
  • Best UK Agencies, The Drum, 2015
  • Best Agency of the Year, IAB MIXX Awards, 2015
  • Top 100 Digital Agencies, Econsultancy, 2015
  • Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation, British Monarchy, 2014
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