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"AKQA brill clients - awfull management structure"

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Current Employee - Tekki in London, England (UK)
Current Employee - Tekki in London, England (UK)
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

In short you get to work on fantastic accounts, benifits are good, fry up on a friday is cool once a month

Cons

management just push and push till you fold you work silly hours and get no thanks , coming here is like going back 10 years they think a 50 hr week should be normal and celebrate peopel who do 100hr weeks ratehr than go hay we have somethign wrong here.

Advice to Management

get a grip - hrs spent does not equal good quality work produced , get people to work smarter not longer.

Other Employee Reviews for AKQA

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Good for the young. Better than other agencies, but still a media agency."

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    Former Employee - Technical in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical in London, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good balance between being a large company and an independent agency - you get the best of both worlds.
    For technical people hours are not so long (but creatives are not so lucky)
    The IT dept. is very responsive and leaves staff freedom to admin their machines
    They win big accounts with the brief of coming up with good ideas, so the projects can be fun.
    More process oriented than any other creative agency I have worked for (for a tekkie, that is a pro :-)
    Staff tend to be young and fun hipsters (in production at least)
    A couple of years there look very good on your CV

    Cons

    Being creatively led can be frustrating for tekkies - you have to bend backwards to implement their sometimes daft ideas.
    Technology stack is set in stone and a bit mainstream: Java, .NET, jQuery, svn. No other options.
    Management often waste a lot of the budget, and by the time it reaches production there is little left (this is true of ALL media agencies, to be fair).
    Career opportunities are nil. Most people will leave at the same level at which they enter.
    They foster internal competition which doesn't suit everybody (that could be just the tek dept. though, which is run by someone from the finance industry)

    Advice to Management

    Don't make promises about career advancement during the interview if you don't mean it, just because you are desperate to fill in the position.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "60 hour weeks plus weekends...the AKQA name gives your resume a great boost - but this is a REAL dead end job."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    VERY dedicated staff. Provides a fun atmosphere which is necessary given that this job is your entire life. Lots of free fresh fruit every week. Diverse staff. Opportunity to work on new business and participate in new business pitches. The Flash work is beyond reproach....better talent than I've seen elsewhere. People actively problem solve in every department to make the work great. This agency's name on your resume will open doors for you that had previously been closed - for that point alone it's worth giving your life to AKQA for 1-2 years, as it will make your resume work MUCH harder and get you better opportunities down the road. For creative talent - this is an investment that's "worth" it.....

    Cons

    Senior leadership should be much more experienced. You're expected at work by 9:30AM regardless of the fact that you left at 3AM the night before....and will be there until 3AM that day. You'll work around the clock, and weekend work is the usual. No one celebrates the wins....with all of the great achievement, they should take the time to highlight key players and stand-out individuals that make the achievements possible. Zero ramp-up or onboarding - this goes, hire, desk, sit, work....you'd better know what you're doing when you take this job. With rapid growth, the bar for new hiring is far lower than it had been. The workplace can be incredibly inappropriate despite the diversity. They work great talent into the ground, and then don't care enough to retain them and let them leave...the door revolves with great talent leaving and moderate replacements coming in. This is a dead end job.....if you're looking for a career at this shop, you should take the advice and go elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    With turnover of capable and experienced senior leadership, the bar should be equally high if not higher for those that are hired as replacements. Middle management is more experienced than senior leadership more times than should occur.....just because someone has been in the industry for X years, doesn't necessarily make them the best person for the job - the experience in many different forms of digital advertisement, on many different types of brands is what makes someone seasoned enough to lead full teams....without that, the senior leadership becomes a joke. Seriously, the butt of many jokes.

    Choose wisely.

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