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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. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Great Agency, Fun Staff, Intensely Creative"

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    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 (6)

    "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (8)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. 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.


  7. 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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    • Senior Management
    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


  8. Helpful (8)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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!


  9. 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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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (10)

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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (17)

    "Great place to learn"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    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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