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AKQA London Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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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 45 reviews)

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  1. "Overall I really rate this place."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Architect in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - User Experience Architect in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great social scene with added extras like breakfasts, jimmy's bar, cinema outings, gym facilities, massages, fruit ....
    Excellent talent to work with!

    Cons

    Work you hard. Can be stingy on the pay brackets and generally put you a title below your level, make sure you negotiate on arrival.

    AKQA Response

    Jun 30, 2016

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I'm glad you enjoy being at AKQA and would love to chat further about we can support you and make things even better. I want to address your point regarding ... More


  2. "Was amazing, now not so much"

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

    Pros

    Great clients, some of the best quality developers in the biz.

    Cons

    Can be put onto boring work which lasts for over a year at times. Difficult to grow.


  3. "Creative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Creative in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AKQA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great people, brands and leadership

    Cons

    not much help given by colleagues in terms of support when working on a high pressure task

    AKQA Response

    Jun 17, 2016

    Thanks for sharing your feedback. It's good to hear where we can improve and I always meet everybody in person after they've been with us in London for 3 months to hear how we can get better and ... More


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  5. "Incredible environment, amazing peers and people to work with"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Core Services in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Core Services in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AKQA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people genuinely care
    It's a place to get amazing things done
    Collaborative culture, feels like people want you to succeed

    Cons

    Can feel like WPP wants money to come first creativity second (though this is resisted!)
    Felt like a daunting agency at first
    Hard to get decisions made


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Nightmare"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AKQA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The name looks good on your resume. But for how much longer?

    Cons

    A bullying culture... led by the very top.
    Passive aggressive behaviour is the norm.
    Certain leaders verging on Psychosis.
    If your a woman, you stand no chance.
    Nothing is ever good enough.
    If you want to design emails, banners, and never produce anything worthwhile, this is the company for you.
    A complete shadow of the company it once was.
    Top circle look after themselves and their 'favourites'. Everyone else is just a number.

    Advice to Management

    Learn some social skills.

    AKQA Response

    Jun 17, 2016

    Thanks for sharing your view. It’s disappointing to read. AKQA London has been my responsibility for the last year, and I feel we’ve built an incredible team and culture. I have a very open ... More


  7. "Amazing agency"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AKQA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are so nice, and they don't have huge egos. It's only about making great work. Everyone is friendly, the brands are great, the work culture is perfect.

    Cons

    Sometimes it's hard to follow what happens to your ideas, they could be better at communication.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing amazing work.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AKQA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have been working at AKQA for last half a year and it is everything you cold ask for as far as creative agencies go. The work is incredibly interesting, even if challenging at times. The benefits and overall working culture is great. People are generally very positive and open minded.
    The monthly drinks are a blast as well.
    Thumbs up.

    Cons

    Recruitment process can be a bit unwieldy.
    I assume that at times work / life balance will not be ideal, but that is true for every agency in London.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, streamline the recruitment process and keep employing great talent.


  9. "Creatives conquer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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)
    Recommends

    I worked at AKQA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good work perks
    great work culture
    good clients

    Cons

    be willing to fight for a promotion


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Welcome to the invisible playground"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Enviable client list
    Newly refurbished office - must more soul than before
    Friendly & talented co-workers
    Opportunity to make some really good work
    Lots of free perks and experiences to take advantage of
    Amazingly creative tech department
    Opportunity to go beyond advertising into product design, app creation, etc

    Cons

    A lot of new creative voices at the top will obviously change the agency in some way. Whether that is a con or not remains to be seen, but it certainly has shaken things up a bit recently.

    Advice to Management

    It's never been a more exciting time to be in the game right now. Keep loving, keep fighting.


  11. "Project manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AKQA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good brands to work on. Opportunities to work abroad and gain experience in other offices. everyone that works here are really nice.

    Cons

    Career progression is slow. And promotions in delivery aren't great, neither are the pay rises. Sometimes hard to get clarity on objectives.

    Advice to Management

    Reserve more money for remuneration at annual review.



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