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AKQA Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "Unbeatable opportunities and an empowering platform"

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    Current Employee - Strategist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Strategist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AKQA is an organization that's constantly evolving, striving to set the pace together with great brands. But it also stays true to the values and philosophy set forth by Ajaz and team from day one. This relentless commitment to AKQA's DNA has proven successful, especially when coupled with a vision hungry for growth and evolution. Fundamentally, it's this mentality, in addition to an opportunity-rich environment filled with seriously talented, unique, and kind people that drew me into the company.

    Like any firm, AKQA goes through ups and downs, but it's carried forward by a fighting spirit that translates into constant innovation, unbeatable thought, and intense creativity. Total belief in the work has helped the company, as well as the people that share that belief, thrive.

    I can confidently say that AKQA offers strong opportunities for growth (the next chapter is always being defined), diverse connections and engagements globally, as well as an environment filled with brilliant people – both as professionals and individuals.

    Whether you're in it for the long haul or not, AKQA is a company that sets you up for success, agnostic of your industry of choice, because the values and activities the company is involved with are universally applicable (and highly regarded).

    Cons

    AKQA is an incredibly diverse company, in the sense that it's welcoming and empowering for anyone connected to it. But the degree to which this happens does sometimes hinge on having the initiative, energy, and willingness to make things happen. In other words, you'll get the most out of it if you're hands on, genuinely passionate, and care about what you're doing for the clients, the organization, and the people.

    More broadly, there are some gaps that the company is working on. None of them would deter me from recommending AKQA, especially as the environment is incredibly flexible and friendly. For the most part, if you want to make something happen (and it makes sense), AKQA is absolutely ready to support.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to look forward and create concrete change. Keep empowering young people to be part of this change.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Great place to work!"

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

    Pros

    Work environment is laid back, yet very focused on getting things done. The management team is accessible and transparent about what's happening with the business. I feel like it's a company who genuinely cares about the people and the environment as well as delivering great work for clients. It's definitely a place that has a high bar for success, but if you're up for putting your best forward it's a great place to work.

    Cons

    Still runs a bit like a small company in some regards but the good thing about that is there's not any bureaucracy or red tape to getting things done.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Terrific company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at AKQA full-time

    Pros

    Smart teams, high-profile projects, strong management practices. Relaxed environment, family-friendly. Great exposure to variety of technologies and tools. Lots of interesting work going on.

    Cons

    Some projects get pretty massive, which can get tiring creatively. Inter office communication/sharing could be better. Need more interaction between tech and design.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for departments to interact. Per-project bonuses would be good, too.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Smart, competent people doing great work for blue-chip brands."

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

    I worked at AKQA (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High-visibility work for best-in-class clients. Great location. Effective, cooperative and fun company culture.

    Cons

    Merely adequate compensation for all but the top creatives/executives.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Amazing group of talented people"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely talented digital natives who all push one another to do the best work. Highly competitive.

    Cons

    Not all the offices are of the same size and scale and they don't all do an equal job of scaling the business model most effectively.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your independent roots intact.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Outstanding digital agency, with some of the best talent in the industry. I would recommend to my best friends."

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

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

    Pros

    Talented people, great brands, ahead of the curve in data science and digital media. AKQA offers a breadth of services in brand strategy, digital media, advanced data analytics, and social media.

    Cons

    Falls into some agency pitfalls like lack of communication between departments, and upper management isn't as involved as it could be in steering the accounts in the right direction.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the vision of AKQA is expressed in every account


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Opportunity to work with fun, lively, smart people"

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    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers, innovative thinking, upper management that cares about the success and happiness of their staff

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be a challenge

    Advice to Management

    Keep fighting for the well being of your staff-- you're doing a great job!

  8. Helpful (8)

    "This is not a place to work at if you want to just get by. This is hard work day in and day out."

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome people, Awesome City, Awesome Clients

    Cons

    Its agency life so the normal issues

    Advice to Management

    Clear communication to others.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "AKQA is great, MSA (Media / Search / Analytics) is AWESOME"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredibly intelligent colleagues, interesting work on great brands, cutting-edge technology application, and fun/friendly environment. It will challenge you but you will be better for it!

    Cons

    Difficult to get account and PM teams to respect hard work and scope appropriately. Some projects are not set up for success because of bad foundation/scope, otherwise teams are smart and work is good.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the teams that are contributing to data, technology, analytics, insights more. Let the best performers lead the team more, because the client services team usually sucks at it.


  10. Helpful (17)

    "Great place to learn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working at AKQA was intense. I learned a TON in a very short time. Most of the clients are top notch, there's really nowhere else that you'd get the opportunity to work on such respected brands. Serious resume builder. Lots of fun events and off-sites. Co-workers for the most part are excellent people.

    Cons

    Hours can be long, timelines can be seemingly impossible.


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