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AKQA CEO Ajaz Ahmed
Ajaz Ahmed
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  1. Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Associate Media Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AKQA for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Amazing opportunity to work on really great accounts if you're willing to put the effort in. Leadership is open to pushing the limits and staying ahead of the curve. Amazing place to learn the media industry and be challenged by people who think about the advertising landscape very differently than other agencies.

    Cons

    You need to be a self-starter and you'll have to work really hard if you want to do well, not a place to go for an early retirement.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in and plan on growth.

  2. It's ok

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      Current Employee - Copywriter in San Francisco, CA

      I have been working at AKQA full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      There's a strong work/life balance. Good amount of time off.

      Cons

      There are too many layers

      Advice to Management

      Don't micromanage your employees. Trust the professionals you hired and let them do their jobs

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      Amazing brands

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      Former Employee - Creative Developer in San Francisco, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at AKQA for more than 2 years

      Pros

      The best brands in the industry. You will build an amazing portfolio.

      Cons

      You will need your portfolio to get a job somewhere else that pays better.

    • not too shabby

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      Current Employee - Account 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at AKQA full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      good time off for people.

      Cons

      management needs some work to help their employees

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      Poorly Run

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      Former Employee - Creative Director in San Francisco, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at AKQA full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      San Francisco is a nice place to live.

      Cons

      AKQA was horribly run by feckless administration that were entirely out of touch with reality.

    • Great Environment

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at AKQA full-time

        Pros

        Fun and strong sense of camaraderie within your team/department

        Cons

        Hours can be long depending on the account

      • Sr Strategist

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at AKQA full-time

        Pros

        Really inspiring work and clients with tons of growth opportunities for people who are willing to put in the work.

        Cons

        Lots of work! The hardest I've ever worked.

        Advice to Management

        Keep looking after the teams and making sure everyone is taken care of!

        AKQA Response

        January 29, 2019

        Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We're lucky to have an amazing client list and that continuously means we need to produce the highest quality work which is a labour of love. I hope you continue to have a long and successful career at AKQA. Best wishes, Sam sam@akqa.com

      • Love it here!

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at AKQA full-time for more than 2 years

        Pros

        Great culture, excellent work/life balance, awesome people, and career growth opportunities.

        Cons

        Growth opportunities (mentioned above) are really for those who are willing to grab them. Assertiveness goes far here. Processes/procedures/systems are a bit outdated and need revamping.

        Advice to Management

        Keep up the great work, continue to listen to your employees, and understand where your growth opportunities exist too.

      • Helpful (16)

        Super-dooper-pooper!

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at AKQA full-time for more than 2 years

        Pros

        They're super-dooper-pooper! Free food. Free entertainment. Brilliant geniuses everywhere. Their leaders are the greatest in the history of business!

        Cons

        They made me write this review.

      • Friendly and talented people!

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        Former Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Portland, OR
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at AKQA full-time for more than 2 years

        Pros

        For the most part, I really enjoyed working at AKQA. There are loads of really smart and friendly people. They'll treat you very well; they are understanding and accommodating when life happens, and understand the importance of a good work-life balance. They pay well, have lots of free food, and bring everyone together with a weekly with a show and tell, allowing you to see what everyone else is working on in the company....

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        Cons

        A little stingy with the tech, but that's understandable if everyone steals the wireless keyboards and mice (don't do this, people, you're ruining it for others). The monitors kinda suck and the desks and chairs could use an upgrade, at least in "the pit".

        Advice to Management

        None, really. Pretty fair all around.

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