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Aktis Strategy Reviews

Updated Mar 28, 2019

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14 Ratings
  1. Helpful (3)

    "FYRE festival of development industry."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Aktis Strategy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working with one or two great people. That's it. But even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    Cons

    Stakeholders more important than employees. They don't care how long are you working or whether you're the right person for the job. If you're good at marketing yourself then fine. I don't even want to say 'financial mismanagement' because there was no management at all. If there was a management you wouldn't delay a payment for 7 months.

    Advice to Management

    Sell your properties [if they're still under your name], pay your debt. Stay away from the industry and the regions. You're harming more than you can imagine simply because you don't care about what will happen after you left and too busy to fill your pockets.

    Aktis Strategy2019-03-28
  2. Helpful (13)

    "Going Going Gone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aktis Strategy full-time

    Pros

    I worked with some really interesting people

    Cons

    The senior management were only concerned with making personal wealth. This was wrapped up in the idea that they were trying to make the world a better place and make money at the same time but really they couldn't care less about anyone but themselves, least of all their employees.

    Aktis Strategy2019-03-01
  3. Helpful (7)

    "Where is my money? Where is my pension?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aktis Strategy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great staff who worked hard and were fantastic to work with.

    Cons

    Senior management stopped paying staff and associates their salaries, in addition to having stopped paying pensions some months ago. Some staff who acted in good faith towards the company have not been paid their January or February salaries. Staff in the regions, registered as associates, have been unpaid for even longer. Senior management have hand shaken their way through this mess for far too long. This has... occurred with the complicity of some clients who chose to accept subpar "guarantees" without looking at the facts. This attitude is reflective of a broader sick mentality in which an individual's track record of working in government and the relationships they have built somehow negates any analysis of their actual competence at running a business. Now it has all fallen down, and staff and suppliers are left without money owed to them. Fantastic. Given that senior management are highly manipulative, they will probably attempt to convince those waiting on pay that the money is still coming, and that their struggle to pay rent or to feed their children is actually in their best interests. There is not enough space in this section to detail the multitude ways in which senior management proved to be incompetent: poor to non existent financial management processes, constant lying about the state of the company, constant attempts to manipulate staff and to pacify them, not understanding that to be profitable you need to make profit, empowering unskilled and inexperienced individuals, failing to fire those few individuals who were not performing, and on and on and on.

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    Advice to Management

    Hopefully you are barred from ever running a company again.

    Aktis Strategy2019-03-03
  4. Helpful (11)

    "No accountability and highly unethical"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aktis Strategy full-time

    Pros

    Good colleagues Project experience hindered by company financial management

    Cons

    - Contracted suppliers without any knowledge of the financial situation at Aktis leading to work being delivered without paying them - Staff in extremely difficult positions at the coal face - Personality driven promotions not based on merit or credentials - Awful financial management processes with zero oversight from the senior managers in the company, shambolic knowledge management and retention of... staff.

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    Advice to Management

    Compromising staff to protect reputation. I am pleased that clients and partners see the lack of transparency to their money being mismanaged to cover debt, instead of delivering quality good work.

    Aktis Strategy2019-02-28
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Farewell"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Aktis Strategy full-time

    Pros

    The staff were the only pro.

    Cons

    Extremely poor management. Staff overworked with no recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Take accountability for your own actions, instead of blaming everyone else.

    Aktis Strategy2019-03-03
  6. Helpful (7)

    "If I could give no stars, I would. STAY AWAY."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Aktis Strategy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, unfortunately, manipulated and fed lies throughout.

    Cons

    Everything. Not being paid properly and on time since October, appalling HSS, emotionally and socially inept directors, getting evicted due to lack of funds, countless grievances the MD doesn't seem to care about and the list doesn't goes on ...

    Advice to Management

    Why bother, they won't take it into account or care.

    Aktis Strategy2019-03-01
  7. Helpful (10)

    "Appallingly run by people who continually lie to their staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aktis Strategy full-time

    Pros

    There are many fantastic members of staff; they are the ones who have kept the company afloat

    Cons

    Staff have not been paid properly since October 2018 Many crucial suppliers have not been paid properly in six months The directors seem to hold staff in contempt as they continue to lie and deceive hard working and passionate employees

    Advice to Management

    Pay staff, pay suppliers, then sell the company as soon as possible as you are clearly not up to the task

    Aktis Strategy2019-02-25
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Worst company I´ve ever worked for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aktis Strategy full-time

    Pros

    Nothing comes to mind really

    Cons

    Late or no payments to staff, consultants and suppliers Mismanagement of tax payer money, lack of accountability Poor ethics and misconduct from senior managers The state of the finances is so bad that a bailiff was called to evict staff from Aktis office. Staff in the UK have no office as of now total disrespect from senior management towards staff

    Advice to Management

    Just call it quits already, sell the company and pay all your staff before everyone starts taking you to court.

    Aktis Strategy2019-03-01
  9. Helpful (12)

    "Dedicated workers impeded by flawed management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aktis Strategy full-time

    Pros

    Working on exciting projects with some of the most interesting and experienced people that you will find in the development sector. Plenty of opportunities to travel and you get a lot of independence if trusted. Finally, the pay package is competitive for the sector.

    Cons

    With the exception of some teams, the work culture can be quite toxic due to poor people management and an emphasis on results over the wellbeing of staff. There is a reason that there is a revolving door of junior and mid-level staff, as many are just burnt out.

    Advice to Management

    There are attempts to make the work culture less toxic, but the management (save for a few individuals) are not people managers. They're technical experts promoted into managerial roles and as a result they don't understand how to run projects and how to take care of their staff. This won't change unless there is a massive shift in the workplace culture and staff wellbeing is placed first over anything else.

    Aktis Strategy2018-12-24
  10. Helpful (13)

    "head in the sand management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aktis Strategy full-time

    Pros

    I cannot think of one

    Cons

    Ambition exceeding ability Lack of trust in staff Toxic work environment- management doesn't listen Favouritism, staff appointed way above their abilities Disregard for staff dissatisfaction

    Advice to Management

    Pay your staff, accept that your company is failing, take your heads out of the sand

    Aktis Strategy2019-02-08
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