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Pros
  • great people, brands and leadership (in 37 reviews)

  • Great clients, some of the best quality developers in the biz (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • I assume that at times work / life balance will not be ideal, but that is true for every agency in London (in 35 reviews)

  • Work culture of working very very long hours (in 46 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Perception is everything. Reality is the complete opposite."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AKQA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great collaborative environment for creatives. When the projects actually happen, it's fun but sadly not usually the case.
    The work that AKQA often produce for Nike is incredible. 75% the project doesn't make it live but when it does, it's exceptional.
    Incredible talented creative team.

    Cons

    Salaries and pay bracket / bonuses are poor. Several people get told 'we're not doing financially great, so no bonus' and other more senior employees get a bonus.
    Lack of transparency from senior leadership.
    Bad working hours / culture as working late is often perceived as working hard.
    The perception / PR showcases a completely different work culture and quality of work than it actually is. Lots of people have been let go in the past year due to loss of clients.
    Everything has changed for the worse since the WPP takeover.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people.
    Be transparent about struggles, promotions, bonuses, finance issues and account gains/losses.


  2. Helpful (12)

    "Failing to live up to the promise."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AKQA full-time

    Pros

    Mostly nice people, the opportunity to add some great names to your CV (you know the ones I mean). Strong heritage.

    Cons

    A lack of vision.
    Lack of creative leadership.
    Lack of clients' ambition.
    Too big to get things done quickly.
    Needing new clients.

    Advice to Management

    Stand for something.


  3. Helpful (8)

    "CV booster but..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Creative in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AKQA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Projects
    - Brands you work with
    - Colleagues

    Cons

    - No fair wages
    - Poor senior management

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about your people or it will be really hard to restore their confidence


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  5. Helpful (10)

    "AKQA brill clients - awfull management structure"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tekki in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Tekki in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In short you get to work on fantastic accounts, benifits are good, fry up on a friday is cool once a month

    Cons

    management just push and push till you fold you work silly hours and get no thanks , coming here is like going back 10 years they think a 50 hr week should be normal and celebrate peopel who do 100hr weeks ratehr than go hay we have somethign wrong here.

    Advice to Management

    get a grip - hrs spent does not equal good quality work produced , get people to work smarter not longer.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Good for the young. Better than other agencies, but still a media agency."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical in London, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good balance between being a large company and an independent agency - you get the best of both worlds.
    For technical people hours are not so long (but creatives are not so lucky)
    The IT dept. is very responsive and leaves staff freedom to admin their machines
    They win big accounts with the brief of coming up with good ideas, so the projects can be fun.
    More process oriented than any other creative agency I have worked for (for a tekkie, that is a pro :-)
    Staff tend to be young and fun hipsters (in production at least)
    A couple of years there look very good on your CV

    Cons

    Being creatively led can be frustrating for tekkies - you have to bend backwards to implement their sometimes daft ideas.
    Technology stack is set in stone and a bit mainstream: Java, .NET, jQuery, svn. No other options.
    Management often waste a lot of the budget, and by the time it reaches production there is little left (this is true of ALL media agencies, to be fair).
    Career opportunities are nil. Most people will leave at the same level at which they enter.
    They foster internal competition which doesn't suit everybody (that could be just the tek dept. though, which is run by someone from the finance industry)

    Advice to Management

    Don't make promises about career advancement during the interview if you don't mean it, just because you are desperate to fill in the position.



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