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AKQA Overview

London, England
1001 to 5000 employees
1994
Company - Public
Advertising & Marketing
£100 to £500 million (GBP) per year
AKQA is a design and communications company that employs 2,200 professionals in 29 studios across five continents. Awarded two Cannes Lion Grand Prix’s in 2019, and recently named by Gartner and Forrester as one of the world’s leading experience design and ... Read more

Mission: The imaginative application of art and science.


Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2016 (#3)

Top CEOs: 2016 (#6)

Company Updates

  • Earth Speakr launches today, inviting kids across the world to collectively create an artwork by speaking up for the future of our planet. The artwork is created and developed by artist Olafur Eliasson, with the creative and technical cooperation of AKQA, and includes a free app on iOS and Android and a website at www.earthspeakr.art. Through augmented reality, kids can animate their environment and speak up for their local surroundings and the planet. At www.earthspeakr.art, everyone can create AR collections of messages – so-called ‘Loud Speakrs’ – encouraging others to listen to what kids have to say, too.

  • With the U.S. set to host the 2026 World Cup, interest in soccer has never been higher. Unrivalled matchday access, tailored to you. The U.S. Soccer app hosts all of the action, featuring real-time stats, live commentary, visualisations, geo-located content, replays and membership services. Across multiple platforms, predictive analytics serve the content that fans care about.

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AKQA – Why Work With Us?


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The future inspires us. We work to inspire.

Within every brief is the desire to create notable work of distinction. And within every idea is the determination to shape a better future. AKQA’s influential work is recognised worldwide for its pioneering approach, continuing to define and lead the industry.

AKQA, the home of courageous invention, architects, and designs. Delivering iconic experiences, services, products and ecosystems that sustainably improve people’s lives. Distinguished by exceptional professional judgement, diversity of experience across categories and a proven track record, our high-calibre team creates groundbreaking work across multiple industries.

AKQA’s multidisciplinary work, with our partners Universal and Map, embraces the convergence across businesses, challenging the artificial barriers existing between interfaces, spaces we inhabit, objects we use, and increasingly connected lives. We deliver cohesive blueprints across customer connection points that satisfy audience needs and surpass goals.

Combining art, science and the humanities is the opportunity to explore bold, imaginative work influenced by all the disciplines in a pursuit to introduce a new dimension, break boundaries, and create work at the forefront.

 

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AKQA has an unmatched reputation for revolutionary work. Since our founding we have consistently been among the world’s most influential and awarded agencies.

Our record of achievement results from collaboration with our clients. Many of the world’s most prestigious organisations entrust AKQA with their experience design, communication and performance work.

 

This opportunity coupled with exposure to work that is at the cutting edge - in an environment that champions creativity and thought leadership - makes for a career enriched with learning and achievement.

Working at AKQA

CORE VALUES Our founding values guide our work and the philosophy of our firm:
 
  • Innovation – pioneering ideas combined with the application of technology, to achieve lasting improvements in performance for our clients
  • Service – outstanding service to our clients and colleagues, so we retain exceptional people and create trust-based relationships
  • Quality – adhere to the highest professional standards and superior quality
  • Thought – recommending the best solutions through the most rigorous thinking process
 
 
TEAMWORK 

AKQA is committed to helping our team develop into the best possible practitioners and provide an unparalleled foundation for their career. We help well-rounded professionals acquire leadership skills more quickly than at other organisations. Our employees benefit from the trusted long-term nature of our client relationships as well as the cultural alignment between the client and our organisation, creating an optimum environment to deliver the work without any compromises.

The primary motivation and goal at AKQA is product excellence. Although we are part of WPP, AKQA operates independently. Our team works as a single firm, without geographic division which means we can bring resources from across our network to provide solutions for our clients. Over 70% of our clients work with our team in multiple regions.

In addition to our own Future Lions initiative, we have formed partnerships with many of the world’s leading universities. We combine youth and energy with maturity and experience to develop a community that has a unique diversity of knowledge, exceptional competence and professional judgement.

 
 
DEVELOPMENT 

In addition to on-the-job training, AKQA offers a menu of training, AKQA Insight and WPP Professional Development. This comprehensive curriculum of formal training is designed to equip our team with the substantive creative, engineering, business acumen, communications, management and analytical skills required to have professionally rewarding careers. AKQA Insight online courses are taught by leaders in their fields including AKQA’s team and respected external experts.

To maintain the continuous focus on our core values, and provide a clear career path for our team, all our Managing Partners are promoted from within AKQA.

All AKQA employees and clients are invited to participate in the AKQA Insight thought leadership programme. These comprise of a series of informative, inspirational lectures and Q&A sessions with both established and emerging authors, artists, athletes, scientists, inventors, educators and entrepreneurs.

 

DIVERSITY 
Diversity is vital in our ability to provide meaningful careers for our team and effective solutions for our clients. We are committed to fostering a varied and inclusive work environment, aspiring to provide employees with the canvas, tools and confidence to ensure purpose-led careers. As part of our commitment to inclusion across the full spectrum of diversity AKQA desires to be a leading creative and professional services firm for the attraction, promotion and retention of women and under-represented groups. We recognise a series of actions needs to be taken to advance equality and actively address issues. Through a series of company-wide, industry and recruitment initiatives, we are making progress towards our diversity goals, continuing to learn and improve.
 

SUSTAINABILITY 
We believe everything an organisation does should be about taking responsibility to be respectful towards the community and environment. We consider community and pro-bono work to be an essential commitment. We encourage our team to devote their skills to a broad range of community activities, working with a myriad of charitable and not-for-profit organisations.

AKQA Reviews

  • Featured Review

    "Pleasure to work for."

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    Current Employee - Infrastructure Senior Technical Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Senior Technical Analyst in London, England
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    I have been working at AKQA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Being part of the infrastructure team within a highly regarded enterprise organisation like AKQA is a pleasurable experience. From the outset, staff are treated with respect and responsibility. The on-boarding from HR, Studio Services and my own team was superb. The studio has a great spirit with a strong shared identity. The leadership team are visible and active with all staff, and all departments contributing to an enjoyable working culture.

    Cons

    A relatively slow turnover of staff may prove a barrier to rapid progression, and internal infrastructure roles are notoriously 'business as usual' focused. But AKQA is a cutting edge agency with staff supported on solid foundations.

    Advice to Management

    Really impressed. Keep rallying the troops. The passion is contagious. The client base and new business being won by the agency is testament to this. The reputation of AKQA in the industry is well deserved.

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AKQA Interviews

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    Designer Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at AKQA.

    Interview

    Applied through their website. Had a quick 10-15 minute telephone call then was invited in to interview with an Associate Creative Director. During the on-site interview they dived deeper into my work, what I was interested in and asked how I solved specific project problems.

    Interview Questions

    • What was the thought process behind specific design decisions.   1 Answer
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AKQA Awards & Accolades

  • Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation, British Monarchy, 2014
  • Cannes Lions Grand Prix 2019 - Media, Cannes Lions International Festival for Creativity, 2019
  • Cannes Lions Grand Prix 2019 - Entertainment, Cannes Lions International Festival for Creativity, 2019
  • Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Global Marketing, Gartner Magic Quadrant, 2019
  • Agency of the Year - Peoples Choice, Creativepool, 2019
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