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AKQA Overview

London, England (UK)
1001 to 5000 employees
WPP
1994
Company - Public
Advertising & Marketing
$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.


INNOVATION & SERVICE DESIGN

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

We architect, design and deliver iconic experiences, services and products 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 across customer connection points that will satisfy audience needs and surpass business goals.

COMMUNITY

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

AKQA’s social channel management team has a unique leadership position that provides unrivalled competitive advantage, helping clients successfully navigate multiple regions, platforms and channels to nurture and build community.

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

At AKQA we are trusted to work on prestigious assignments for many of the world’s most respected companies, families and institutions. At the same time, we are fortunate to receive industry-leading endorsement for the quality of our work, innovation and thinking.

Our consistent track record of results achieved for clients have set our firm apart. While the clients we serve and the recognition we receive is a privilege and an honour, there is a responsibility on each of us to ensure our intentions and everyday actions are representative of our Purpose and Values.

Many of us joined AKQA inspired by the potential our values envision and the behaviours we uphold and respect. Our founding purpose and values guide our work and the philosophy of our firm.

VALUES 
  • Innovation – we elevate the spirit with pioneering ideas, new possibilities and the imaginative application of art and science to improve people’s lives and make a positive lasting impact.
  • Service – we work with integrity, taking responsibility for the successful outcome of projects. Through mutual respect for colleagues and clients, we retain exceptional people and nurture long-term, trust-based relationships. We strive for better ways to work, ensuring value and velocity at every connection.
  • Quality – we conscientiously adhere to the highest professional standards and superior quality to create influential work that consistently surpasses audience, client and community expectations.
  • Thought – we believe in progress and the beneficial power of creating what's next. We apply the most rigorous thinking process to recommend and deliver optimal solutions. We are continuously listening, researching, learning, adapting and improving across all aspects of our organisation and the work we do.
ASPIRATIONS
Create a world-leading innovation agency that is a progressive, inclusive employer of choice where colleagues and clients recommend us to their friends and community.
 
TEAMWORK
AKQA is committed to helping our team develop into the best possible practitioners and provide an unparalleled foundation for their career. We help well-rounded professionals 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 organisation, creating an optimum environment to deliver the work without any compromises.
 
The primary motivation and goal at AKQA is product excellence. Although we are part of WPP, AKQA operates independently. Our team works as a single firm, without geographic division which 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. We combine youth and energy with maturity and experience to develop a community that has a unique diversity of knowledge, exceptional competence and professional judgement.

DEVELOPMENT

In addition to on-the-job training, AKQA offers a menu of training, AKQA Insight 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 Insight online courses are taught by leaders in their fields including AKQA’s team and respected external experts.

To maintain the continuous focus on our core values, and provide a clear career path for our team, all our Managing 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 of a series of informative, inspirational lectures and Q&A sessions with both established and emerging authors, artists, athletes, scientists, inventors, educators and entrepreneurs.

DIVERSITY

Diversity is vital in our ability to provide meaningful careers for our team and effective solutions for our clients. We are committed to fostering a varied and inclusive work environment, aspiring to provide employees with the canvas, tools and confidence to ensure purpose-led careers. As part of our commitment to inclusion across the full spectrum of diversity AKQA desires to be a leading creative and professional services firm for the attraction, promotion and retention of women and under-represented groups. We recognise a series of actions needs to be taken to advance equality and actively address issues. Through a series of company-wide, industry and recruitment initiatives, we are making progress towards our diversity goals, continuing to learn and improve.

SUSTAINABILITY

We believe everything an organisation does should be about taking responsibility to be respectful towards the community and environment. We consider community and pro-bono work to be an essential commitment. 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.

The future inspires us. We work to inspire.

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

    Very engaged and clever people everywhere you look. Clients are world class and your growth is built upon how well you perform.

    AKQA recognizes the courageously bold, and those who aren't afraid to take risks and punch above their weight. We have developed some of the most innovative work over the past decade, and will continue to do so given the freedom to create.

    Cons

    Work life balance is tough, but to be expected. Comp days and working hours are a plus as long as you handle the work. Inefficiencies in process is our biggest problem. Senior leadership often defers responsibilities, and things don't move along unless there is a fire drill.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time resolving our inefficiencies, and learn how to stop burning out your best talent.

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AKQA Photos

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AKQA Interviews

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    It's unfortunate to see that this experience seems to be the norm for AKQA. After 6 interviews & a presentation (on 3 separate occasions), I was completely ghosted by the hiring manager & HR department at AKQA. After MY 4th follow-up, I received a very brief email with one line informing me that they passed. I have never felt so disrespected by a company and am still in shock that they operate in this manner, especially in such a niche field. If you have time to kill & want to practice your interview skills, then go for it. Otherwise, I'd move on to the next one. The Bay Area is FULL of better job opportunities.

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AKQA Awards & Accolades

  • Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation, British Monarchy, 2014
  • Named a Leader in 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant, Gartner Inc, 2018
  • Agency of the Year, Creativepool, 2016
  • Agency of the Year, IAB UK, 2016
  • Ad Agency A-List Standout, Advertising Age, 2015
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