AKQA - Eh. If interested, you'll last approximately 2 months before regretting your decision. Probably less. | Glassdoor
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"Eh. If interested, you'll last approximately 2 months before regretting your decision. Probably less."

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Former Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

-Most of the people there are truly good people hoping to do just awesome work.
-Relaxed work environment.
-Strong developer team.
-Soccer team

Cons

-Senior creatives lack drive and ambition to push junior creatives to do good work or worse, they push creatives in directions that go overbudget for pitiful ROI
-No development for the juniors, just career managers you've never met or have no respect for.
-Egos inflated by work done 10-12 years ago. Digital Agency of the Year... sure if you just look at $$$ only (pro-tip: charge more, get dAOY).
-Lack of commitment to any process which in turn slows down efficiency which leads to my next point
-Expected to work long hours... this would be fine if the work was worth working on.

Advice to Management

Senior creatives should be replaced. No one is making anything newsworthy other than your London office. Develop your talent. Work for your employees... there's a reason they're leaving in droves.

Other Employee Reviews for AKQA

  1. Helpful (6)

    "AKQA great for creative centric initiateves, stay away if you're a technologist or front end developer"

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on exciting brands, .25 cent snacks in vending machine, monday bagels

    Cons

    No process on delivering complex engagements outside of microsites, very bottom heavy with inexperienced project managment

    Advice to Management

    Stick with campaigns, social media, and other creative initiatives, otherwise leave complex projects to other digital agencies that understand what it takes to deliver


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Good company, but feels like it's in the middle of some kind of transition"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AKQA full-time

    Pros

    I like my colleagues
    Smart people
    A-list clients
    Management genuinely cares about the company and the people

    Cons

    Each department head definitely has favorite employees - some are extremely talented, some not so much, but they can do no wrong. The issue is that some non-favorite employees aren't given the same opportunities to perform.
    Retention is an issue - there are a ton of new people right now.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to work-life balance and burning people out

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