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AKQA Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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Pros
  • great people, brands and leadership (in 38 reviews)

  • Great clients, some of the best quality developers in the biz (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • I assume that at times work / life balance will not be ideal, but that is true for every agency in London (in 36 reviews)

  • Work culture of working very very long hours (in 45 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work - If You Put in the Effort"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Strong client list
    Smart and diverse people
    Room to advance your career with good work and collaboration

    Cons

    Some infrastructure and operations need improvement
    Always room for more training and career mentoring

    Advice to Management

    Take time to support teams, make sure they feel heard


  2. "Great environment for self starters"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AKQA full-time

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues - hard working, intelligent and dedicated. Had the chance to work on lots of new and cutting edge projects.

    Cons

    It's a fantastic place to be if you are willing to take the initiative yourself. Not really a con but something to keep in mind

  3. "Great if you can manage politics"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    AKQA attracts interesting clients, has a creative and tech-forward culture, and produces good work. Employees are a diverse global mish mash.

    Cons

    SF management wasn't the best, often unaware of what it takes to deliver on an idea/a project/an initiative. As with most agencies, long hours are the norm.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "People are great. Very diverse. The work we get is largely boring and uninspiring."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Designer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They pay pretty good pay compared to other creative agencies in town. They operate out of a cool space. Nice people.

    Cons

    The work we produce isn't always that great. I wish they were a little more design-first. More thought and attention needs to be put on aesthetics.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the quieter voices.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Designer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AKQA full-time

    Pros

    - good people. Company tries to create good vibe between co-workers and it worked.
    - good benefits and life balance
    - normally no late hours

    Cons

    - big company with layers of structure. The communication is not that flat.
    - there's not many opportunities to work on different clients and projects


  6. "Program Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AKQA full-time

    Pros

    Innovation. Progressive culture. Technology-savvy and smart people.

    Cons

    Slow to move in the right direction.

    Advice to Management

    Let your people do their jobs! TRUST THEM.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Learned a lot."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at AKQA full-time

    Pros

    I learned something new every day.

    Cons

    Bar on quality is really high so people work hard to impress.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Not for everyone"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Met some wonderful people here

    Cons

    Leadership seems disinterested/aloof
    Guidance and mentorship nonexistent
    Sexism and misogyny are rampant and remains unaddressed
    Underperforming employees aren't held accountable


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great opportunity to build your book"

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

    I worked at AKQA full-time

    Pros

    Awesome rosters of clients. Great creative leads.

    Cons

    Long hours and not family friendly, meaning if you have young kids and need flexible hours, this may not be the right place for you.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Misleading"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good name on the resume.
    Ability to have contact directly with clients in a mid-level position.
    Now able to work without having a direct boss.

    Cons

    Creative directors are never around and usually just give orders or do everything over themselves. You can tell that there's no sense of wanting to grow or mentor a team on the management side. It's extremely cliquey and egotistical environment, however, the office has no right to have an ego at this point. There's no variety of work, and if you start on a project you're on it at least a year before they move you. You learn to work without a boss because your peers will support you. That being said because there's never a boss your peers are always fighting to be heard when the boss is around. People don't communicate if they're not on the same team, and some teams feel entitled because of the client they work for. It's almost like being in a bad high school or middle school surrounded by drama filled kids. On top of all of that, if you're not sucking up to the right people or a man, you're probably not going to mean much to them. People don't leave bad jobs, they leave bad bosses. The management team there is not strong.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees more often when they come to you with issues and the golden rule, treat others how you would like to be treated. Complete lack of respect for employees.


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