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AKQA Overview

London, England (UK)
1001 to 5000 employees
WPP
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.

AKQA Reviews

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    Pros

    AKQA is an organization that's constantly evolving, striving to set the pace together with great brands. But it also stays true to the values and philosophy set forth by Ajaz and team from day one. This relentless commitment to AKQA's DNA has proven successful, especially when coupled with a vision hungry for growth and evolution. Fundamentally, it's this mentality, in addition to an opportunity-rich environment filled with seriously talented, unique, and kind people that drew me into the company.

    Like any firm, AKQA goes through ups and downs, but it's carried forward by a fighting spirit that translates into constant innovation, unbeatable thought, and intense creativity. Total belief in the work has helped the company, as well as the people that share that belief, thrive.

    I can confidently say that AKQA offers strong opportunities for growth (the next chapter is always being defined), diverse connections and engagements globally, as well as an environment filled with brilliant people – both as professionals and individuals.

    Whether you're in it for the long haul or not, AKQA is a company that sets you up for success, agnostic of your industry of choice, because the values and activities the company is involved with are universally applicable (and highly regarded).

    Cons

    AKQA is an incredibly diverse company, in the sense that it's welcoming and empowering for anyone connected to it. But the degree to which this happens does sometimes hinge on having the initiative, energy, and willingness to make things happen. In other words, you'll get the most out of it if you're hands on, genuinely passionate, and care about what you're doing for the clients, the organization, and the people.

    More broadly, there are some gaps that the company is working on. None of them would deter me from recommending AKQA, especially as the environment is incredibly flexible and friendly. For the most part, if you want to make something happen (and it makes sense), AKQA is absolutely ready to support.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to look forward and create concrete change. Keep empowering young people to be part of this change.

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AKQA Photos

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AKQA Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at AKQA (San Francisco, CA) in September 2017.

    Interview

    1 HR, 1 Hiring Manager, 6 hrs on location at San Fran office - the entire process took '6 WEEKS', specially the final decision came 4 weeks after the onsite panel interview. There was NO COMMUNICATION from HR in the middle -- there was NO COURTESY response even after weekly follow-ups from my side.
    I would NOT recommend this company to anyone. Treating an employee well starts from the application process not after someone joins.

    Interview Questions

    • If there is a third party dependency to the project, you have committed a date to the client and internally we cannot deliver -- how would you handle the situation   Answer Question
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AKQA Awards & Accolades

  • Agency of the Year, Creativepool, 2016
  • Agency of the Year, IAB UK, 2016
  • World Architecture Community Award, World Architecture 100, 2016
  • Ad Agency A-List Standout, Advertising Age, 2015
  • Best UK Agencies, The Drum, 2015
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