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"A new emergency almost every day"

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Doesn't Recommend

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

Pros

Location across the street from AT&T, with rooftop views of The Bay.
Great access to MUNI and CalTrain
25 cent snacks, 50 cent soda, free water and tea
Comfortable chair
Bagels on Mondays
Fruit on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Two story dungeon with cyclone fencing and cinder-block ambiance. This could qualify as a con if you have to work down there.

Cons

Company is moving into a new office away from AT&T Park, MUNI, and CalTrain
Two managers. I quit before they could give me a third.
Frequently had a manager tell me that I had to immediately stop whatever I was working on and work on something else. Had to get approval from my other manager before I could switch tasks.
Too many employees, too little floor space assigned. Other areas of the office were nearly vacant.
Lunch areas doubled as conference rooms.
Dog fighting. 0/10 Will never work in another pet friendly office.
Loud arguing 2 cubicles over regarding the latest emergency.
Caught a couple of illnesses floating around the office. Was called out weeks later for taking time off.
Ulcer

Advice to Management

It wouldn't kill you to step aside and let me complete a task before putting me to work on a new one.

Other Employee Reviews for AKQA

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Don't work here if you are an engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Creative Development department was good to work with. I worked with many great people.

    Cons

    Everything else was horrible. Systematic problems, massively underpaid employees. High rate of unfulfilled promises (e.g. 100%). Lies about salary bracketing. I would even warn against contracting at AKQA. The bottom line is that if you are an engineer, this might make your skills decline, and may hurt your career.

    Advice to Management

    Don't take advantage of your employees.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Don't believe the hype."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AKQA full-time

    Pros

    Some great talent.

    Some decent project briefs

    Good for resume

    Cons

    No evenings or weekends. Work life balance doesn't exist-this place burns people out. If you have a family be prepared to never see them. Be prepared to miss holidays, vacation days and personal days.

    Unrealistic deadlines, production mentality, sell executions not ideas.

    Unreal turnover rate.

    Only value winning.

    Advice to Management

    Growth is great, but...Try and keep the good people, you're burning everyone out.


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