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AKQA Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Smart people, poorly organized"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Really smart and creative work people here. The client lists is impressive as well so there are usually good projects to work on.

    Cons

    Management isn't very strong within departments. The culture is lacking as well. It seems like they're trying to force a fun culture but it's not genuine.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who are actually fit to be managers, not just promoting people to manager because it seems like a good next step. If you say you're going to create new processes then actually create them and implement them. It's a lot of talk but not much has changed.


  2. "creative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    no creative briefs, only .com stuff and apps that nobody use.

    Cons

    if you are a creative don't go there.

  3. 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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn"

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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

    Pros

    You will face a lot of challenges to polish your skills and pick up new skills.

    Cons

    Easy to burn out, poor time and project managements.


  5. Helpful (14)

    "AKQA NY office has been changed, now a dooms place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office, once a week morning breakfast, every other Thursday party evening. Nice location

    Cons

    Since two of the major senior executies left AKQA NY few months ago, things have changed. New management does not know how to run an Agency in NY. Lots of politics, people are trying to save their jobs. Run away...

    Advice to Management

    Need right MD and CCD to acquire new business. Need to have strategy to retain existing clients. Not sure why clients are running away from AKQA NY


  6. "Art director"

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

    I worked at AKQA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work with big client accounts and if you like fast pace.

    Cons

    You'll most likely be staying late. A lot.


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (15)

    "New York: wait for the creative captain"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AKQA full-time

    Pros

    - Some really great, talented people overall (especially below 30).
    - You get a sort of aura and street cred on your resume (when you don't know what happens behind closed doors).
    - Internationals welcome.
    - Kickass managing director (but should be more present).

    Cons

    - People don't smile, laugh or talk to each other. Desperate need of senior creative leadership to stir the ship and create culture.
    - Some bad blood in high positions who seem professional but don't have the experience of their title.
    - Has a bad rep in New York but AKQA leadership doesn't seem to care at all about trying to fix its human problems.

    Advice to Management

    Hire an ECD asap. Make people talk to each other.
    Take Glassdoor seriously. It looks like AKQA leadership gives zero fs about what people really think.


  9. 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!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "It was okay"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are lots of great people, at AKQA. The office is a nice space, but it can be difficult to get some private time.

    Cons

    Depending on your position and perceived value, it can make a difference in your compensation. Turn over is high, so don't get too attached.

    Advice to Management

    Get a better review process in place.


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