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"Great bunch of technology and creative people with a real passion for their job."

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Opportunity to work with some of the most passionate technologists in the industry (e.g. best Technical Architecture team that I've had the pleasure to work with). Great client list.

Cons

The hours of work required to deliver some projects can be well beyond reasonable expectation. Senior management often turn a blind eye to morale within certain teams (caused by long work hours), or focus on the wrong issues affecting team performance and therefore delivery. The client services teams have little understanding of how to manage clients' expectations on projects involving any form of technical complexity.

Advice to Management

Yes, the need to innovate is vital in order to win new and retain existing clients, but also is the need to be pragmatic about what is really achievable (within what are often very tight deadlines) if you wish to retain the best people. Otherwise the relatively high turnover of staff that occurred in my time there will only increase as the best people will only commit a couple of years to AKQA before looking for a better work/life balance elsewhere.

Other Employee Reviews for AKQA

  1. Helpful (8)

    "Never worked so hard and been treated so badly"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It does some cool advertising stuff if you're into that kind of thing, and some of the other people are really talented.

    Cons

    Pretty much the longest run of unbelievably long hours I've ever worked - about 9 months straight of 80 hour weeks. Project management without a clue. Far too many people just buying into the idea of being cool and hip and making pretty things, and no appreciation of the people who are actually doing that.

    Advice to Management

    Stop working people so hard, listen to the people who know how to do the work rather than the people who are just telling you what you want to hear and playing politics.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great at pitching terrible at delivering..."

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

    Pros

    Great client list, some fantastic work and awards. Very creative indeed and most of the work has an edge of cool to it. Some really nice, driven people. Great fun if after work drinking with your work mates is your thing.

    Cons

    Horrendous working hours, bad account management and absolutely no long term project management. Life is just one great big pitch - when it comes to actually delivering it is a very difficult environment to work in, especially if you are not one of the Creatives.

    Playing catch-up seems to be the norm at AKQA - they either don't accurately scope how long things take to do or they spend so much time wasting time that everyone ends up working til midnight to kick something through the door.

    I don't think AKQA are great at anything that outside of mega creative. Technical reasoning seems to take a back seat and nobody thinks too hard about users either.

    All in all, not a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop working your great people to death. Allow enough time to develop properly. Practise all those fantastic things you preach in your pitches.

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