AKQA Reviews

Updated 20 August 2014
Updated 20 August 2014
183 Reviews

2.9
183 Reviews
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Ajaz Ahmed
27 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You'll get to work on some massive clients and work with some great people (in 16 reviews)

  • Lots of great clients, good budget and wonderful people to work with (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • I know some other departments have a much less favorable work life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Low pay, long hours, 2 weeks of vacation for the first 2 years (in 19 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    fast-paced and inspirational

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in London, England

    I have been working at AKQA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you want to work with some of best clients around on some truly innovative and inspirational projects, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    If you want a life outside of work, or a sensible hourly wage once you take into account overtime, look elsewhere...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees more.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Failing to live up to the promise.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in London, England

    I have been working at AKQA full-time

    Pros

    Mostly nice people, the opportunity to add some great names to your CV (you know the ones I mean). Strong heritage.

    Cons

    A lack of vision.
    Lack of creative leadership.
    Lack of clients' ambition.
    Too big to get things done quickly.
    Needing new clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand for something.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    CV booster but...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Creative  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Creative in London, England

    I have been working at AKQA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Projects
    - Brands you work with
    - Colleagues

    Cons

    - No fair wages
    - Poor senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about your people or it will be really hard to restore their confidence

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company at the top of its game. Work hard, play hard. It's a journey.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at AKQA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You will work with some of the best talent in the industry. It's inspiring to work alongside these people. I've been in meetings and the level of expertise and thinking is exceptional.
    If you want to travel to work in other offices you can. I've had the chance to travel the world with AKQA.
    Variety; one day you'll be brainstorming the future for a top automotive client. The next day you might be figuring out how a new technology is relevant for retail.
    Very very client focused, you work closely with them nearly everyday.
    Good culture, lots of cool people, work hard and play hard.
    I've learnt more at AKQA than anywhere else in my whole career.

    Cons

    Any journey worth taking is never easy. If you want a job where you sit back and watch the day go by then AKQA isn't for you.
    If you want to get stuck in, be part of the team and contribute then it is the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more company wide events for staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at AKQA as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good opportunities abroad, high calibre clients, good people to work with

    Cons

    Long hours, tend to pay staff less than industry standard, not very transparent about salaries or how to get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Very unpleasant people to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AKQA

    Pros

    Nice looking office, good location

    Cons

    Racist, bigoted, egotistical staff, watch you back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great technically but not so great management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in London, England

    I have been working at AKQA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fast paced, cutting edge work. Smart and creative people. Plenty of chances to go forward

    Cons

    Management seems poor at many levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and focus on your people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great work and people, poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AKQA

    Pros

    Creative work at AQKA is top-notch, and for the most part the people are great. The work is especially rewarding if you're interested in the brands you're working with.

    Cons

    Most of the management is awful, almost all project managers are incompetent and the worst tend to rise to the top through political cunning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to do your job, or go elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rollercoaster

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Web Developer  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Web Developer in London, England

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

    Pros

    Get to work on some great client projects and most of the folks you work with will be great at their job. If you put in the effort you will generally be rewarded.

    Cons

    Middle management - PMs and TDMs can be hit or miss. Some are great others you wonder how the hell they have a job in the industry. This means you'll either have a great experience on a project or just be wishing to work on another team. Also promotions seem to be handed out to whoever does the most overtime not the people with the talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work smarter not longer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great variety of work, but an immature environment and no career progression

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at AKQA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The work is usually varied, and projects are beautiful and innovative. Wonderful offices, very friendly colleagues, culture of politeness, good equipment, central location surrounded by bars/cafes, travel opportunities.

    Cons

    Every project is a ground-up restart with few lessons shared or work re-used. The pay is uncompetitive compared to other industry roles, and hiring is done more on cultural fit than skill. Getting development support is hard. Managers are great at their day jobs, but poor at managing people and their development. It's easy to feel overlooked and interchangeable. There's a rule on 'no promotions or pay-rises within a year of joining', regardless of performance. There's a rigid career ladder and there's no scope to carve out new roles - skills outside the narrow job spec will not be recognised or used.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please develop your senior managers. Many are incumbents who aren't that effective. Many manage by giving a 'thumbs up' to initiatives from their teams, but won't support initiatives and can't make things happen. The founder's monthly hyperbole-and-air emails make staff roll their eyes, and set a bad precedent for the VPs, who attempt to do the same and just look disconnected.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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