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AKQA Reviews

Updated February 28, 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 46 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "Great Agency, Fun Staff, Intensely Creative"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Art Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Art Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best thing about this office of AKQA is how happy and connected the staff are. Every day I come into work I see smiles on everyone's faces. People are happy here. This is the Bay Area so it's Tech focused...that means the vibe is a perfect mix of nerdy and cool. They have an impressive roster of clients and a killer work ethic. On a daily basis, I'm reminded that I'm working amongst the most talented and innovative people in the world. I'm constantly amazed at the ideas coming out of my coworkers...who come from all over the world. Everything is a team effort. At other agencies, there is a sink or swim mentality projected on to individuals. At AKQA SF, it feels like the team sinks or swims together. They have an amazing wellness manager who works to bring people together and encourage healthiness. It's a great place to hang out.

    Cons

    Um, where's the beer on tap? No nap pods? I suppose ping pong and kegorators of cold brew coffee will have to do.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening, Keep inspiring the team to reach for the stars.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Amazing career start"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AKQA full-time

    Pros

    - the people are helpful, kind, and know how to get things done
    - fresh fruit and snacks
    - beautiful, collaborative office space
    - always striving to be ahead technologically
    - encouraging of inward movement
    - diverse
    - encourage time off
    - monthly group happy hours

    Cons

    - communication and expectation barriers; a lot of transplants from the UK and Europe

    Advice to Management

    Love the diversity and community in the office. Continue hiring awesome people! They really are what make this place so wonderful. So far, it has been nothing but a positive environment for building relationships and encouragement of career growth. I feel really fortunate to have started my career in this office.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Account Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Account Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Account Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AKQA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful office, great team, great managing director

    Cons

    would be great to have free lunches on a more regular basis


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Best agency in DC"

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

    I have been working at AKQA full-time

    Pros

    Most thoughtful and hard-working people you'll ever work with.

    Cons

    Have to be a self-starter to really succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more on training.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "A Players"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you love to work hard with amazingly creative people and come up with new breakthrough-ideas AKQA will get behind you and give you a team of A players to get the work done! And, they won't own your life doing it! AKQA is one of the few companies that know how to deliver great work without burning out or sacrificing the lives of their own employees. However, this doesn't mean you won't need to prepare yourself to work hard, smart, and honest. AKQA is devoted to solving real problems for their clients, and they'll put the extra sweat and blood into it to make sure it happens on time. They care about their work.

    Cons

    They're growing fast and sometimes it's hard to get to know all the new employees/talent as much as you'd want to. Too many interesting people, not enough time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing and stay the course. Never stop being so awesome, it was a pleasure working with you guys!


  7. "I love this place!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Creative in Portland, OR
    Former Freelancer - Creative in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AKQA (More than a year)

    Pros

    I freelance with AKQA from time-to-time. They've got a collaborative vibe where you feel part of a team. I like the fact that every project is different and even though they are known as an interactive agency, they do all sorts of stuff for Nike. Each time I return the brief is exciting and new and open to all sorts of possibilities.

    Cons

    Nike can be very demanding and difficult to manage sometimes, but they are a fantastic brand with high expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing people, Beautiful Office, Good Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hands down, aside from the line on your resume, the best reason is the company culture and people. I've never worked anywhere that had a more encouraging team, especially from management. They're very transparent with their goals for the company and meet your needs when they can. The nature of the business can be brutal—but the team 100% makes up for that gap. They care about you, they care about the work—honestly a great place to nurture a career (especially in a city that's still relatively easy to afford).

    Cons

    Due to this particular office's youth—the work can sometimes feel production heavy. The primary client is Nike and you will get on cool projects—but sometimes you're put on average ones. But everyone is aware of this and pulls each other through. Aside from that, the hours can be long. As is industry life, sometimes you work late—but when it's not crazy you can head out early.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly—keep doing what you're doing. You've shared your goals with us and it's clear that we're on track to meet them. Keep hiring outstanding new professionals and it'll be beautiful to watch AKQA Portland become one of the strongest AKQA offices.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Powell Butte, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Powell Butte, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AKQA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The office was full of energy. The employees were happy and friendly. And they seem to have something always going on in the office... from Happy Hours to Lunch Presentations.

    Cons

    It didn't apply to me, but some employees complained about working too many hours and not getting help from their direct managers.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees... don't lose them to the other competitors.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Keep at it, rock stars!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are dedicated, super smart, and help each other.

    Cons

    Team is under sourced at times

    Advice to Management

    Better snacks, bring in speakers monthly, more involvement in local events, more PR around the awesome work that gets made


  11. "CD"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AKQA full-time

    Pros

    Positive. Creative. Open minded. Flexible.

    Cons

    You never know the flow and what is to come.



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