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AKQA Reviews

Updated 25 April 2015
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AKQA CEO Ajaz Ahmed
Ajaz Ahmed
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Pros
  • You'll get to work on some massive clients and work with some great people (in 17 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 23 reviews)

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

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  1. AKQA is an A+ experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Copywriter in London, England
    Former Employee - Copywriter in London, England

    I worked at AKQA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Ajaz Ahmed - the CEO - a true visionary
    Hands on, fun, exciting and constantly interesting
    Love their work, their clients and always seeking excellence
    Awesome people - lots of characters and collaborative culture

    Cons

    I don't have any downsides

    Advice to Management

    A brilliant company, a brilliant place to work, and even after over 10 years being away from AQKA, I still even value my experience more than ever.

  2. A very special place

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England

    I have been working at AKQA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Opened my eyes to how good it can be to go to work. Interesting projects, amazing people, opportunity to travel as many projects are multi-region. Cool work being done all the time. Decent perks such as free breakfasts, on-site gym, celebrations. Inspiring atmosphere, learning all the time. The company is going through a constant process of re-invention to make improvements.

    Cons

    Not many negatives, but being a service industry need to be able to juggle expectations, deadlines and relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Would be good to get more insights from management about expectations for career development.

  3. Great people

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

    I worked at AKQA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Access to knowledge, easy going people, international opportunities with projects and offices, good culture with many social activities, strong client relationships

    Cons

    Deadlines are very demanding as most projects require fast turnaround

    Advice to Management

    Career path should be clear so that employees know what's expected

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  5. Excellent professional development

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

    I have been working at AKQA full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Surrounded by expertise. Opportunity to work with world class people. Varied work. Management is keen to promote you if you show the right skills.

    Cons

    Pressure to achieve and keep improving.

    Advice to Management

    Find the strenghs and best qualities in your employees and help to amplify these.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Technical Consultant

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

    I have been working at AKQA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Opportunity, culture, values and people unique
    - Strong growth trajectory
    - Meaningful work
    - Great learning opportunities through thought leadership events and good co-workers

    Cons

    - Requires significant travel
    - Long-hours to meet client deadlines and launches
    - Requires ability to be resilient and renew / recharge

    Advice to Management

    - Preserve the culture of the company as it grows
    - Continue to make the improvements as we appreciate them

  7. Satisfying work and great people

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

    I have been working at AKQA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive environment
    Good company culture
    Opportunity to learn from inspirational colleagues
    Exciting work
    Friendly and fun
    Good perks

    Cons

    Has grown considerably
    Requires travel for more senior jobs
    Work/life balance difficult to achieve as projects regularly change during life-cycle

  8. The only agency I will ever work at

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

    I have been working at AKQA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great people, top of their field
    - Best client list in the business
    - Independent spirit makes for strong culture
    - Good perks including massages, breakfasts, fresh fruit, quality external speaker series
    - Most progressive agency environment I've worked at

    Cons

    - Client results put ahead of employee recognition which is difficult for junior/new employees
    - Need to have ability to work flexibly depending on client / project needs

  9. Helpful (10)

    Stimulating environment and good opportunities.

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

    I have been working at AKQA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good work life balance and opportunities for career progression around the world. Every day a new opportunity surfaces so feels dynamic. Employees believe in the vision to create the best work of their careers. Lots of social events to get to know people. Culture feels like a close family where people co-operating to benefit the whole.

    Cons

    Every now and then need to work the odd evening or weekend, but to be expected in an agency that has multinational clients on different timezones.

    Advice to Management

    Attitude towards team is pleasant and respectful. Am enjoying learning lots.

  10. Helpful (8)

    Positive culture attracts like minded people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in London, England

    I have been working at AKQA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong camaraderie and teamwork. Career provides the chance to be creative and adventurous. Impressed by people met so far across all levels and departments. Senior management is visible and provides good learning opportunities and networking. Encouragement across company to always do the right thing is motivating to ensure that all the work is high quality.

    Cons

    Although Career Path exists in most roles, it's stand out, distinctive work and positive feedback from clients that get's the most recognized and rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Things are good because of clarity of focus on core values.

  11. Helpful (6)

    Top of its game but still plenty of challenges to champion

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

    I have been working at AKQA full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I recently started here and right away felt like I was being looked after - if I ever need anything there's always someone to offer advice and help me out. Opportunities for people to grow are abundant - AKQA nurtures from within so once you're here, you can do anything really. Amazing people, clients, great work, exciting projects and the chance to try out some of the latest technology the whole world wants to play with. We are spoilt with social events and benefits along with beautiful environments to work in - I'm sure the novelty will wear off but right now I'm super happy!

    Cons

    To the outsider it can seem a little cliquey at first, but once you get to know people (and make the effort to do so), you'll understand them and why they are the way they are - usually because sticking together for projects helps people do a better, more collaborative job.
    As with all companies in this industry the hours can vary, but when you're working for the best, don't expect an easy ride. I don't have any real issue with this - just a watch out.

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging younger members of the team - we love spending time with you, learning from you.

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