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Mission: The imaginative application of art and science to create a better future with you.
Bluesman wins Entertainment Lions Grand Prix
The AKQA-produced short film Bluesman, for Brazilian rapper Baco Exu do Blues, has won Grand Prix in the Entertainment Lions for Music at this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
The film was produced by AKQA São Paulo to launch the artist’s second album: Bluesman.
Nike wins Grand Prix at Cannes Lions
Nike’s latest Air Max launch, created by AKQA to transform graffiti walls into Nike stores, has won Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. AKQA São Paulo has been awarded in the Media Lions’ Social Behaviour and Cultural Insight category, which recognises initiatives that draw inspiration from defined communities.
It is AKQA’s second Grand Prix win in the 2019 Cannes celebration.
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.
CREATE WHAT'S NEXT
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 our team's collaboration with clients. Many of the world’s most prestigious clients entrust AKQA with their ideas and innovation 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.
Passion, conscientiousness, adaptability, loyalty and integrity are all integral qualities that we look for.
Often, when companies talk about growth, they are talking about size. But our focus is growth of excellence across everything we do.
Sometimes, when creating a labour of love, we all put in long hours and sometimes we can all feel burdened by deadlines; but the exhilaration will hopefully always outweigh the exhaustion. We create something, so there is satisfaction. We do it as a team, so there is friendship and we do something useful and inspiring, so there is a sense of purpose.
In turn, we offer a competitive salary, a variety of benefits, a respectful and meritocratic working environment with limitless opportunities for personal and professional development.
We create digital products, services and immersive experiences that are useful, usable, delightful and enjoyed by millions. We employ a rapid ideation and prototyping process that focuses on getting pilots into market quickly, helping clients make a sustained impact, increase their relevance and expand their connection. By embracing a pioneering approach that continues to lead and define the industry, we deliver cohesive blueprints that fulfil audience needs and surpass business goals.
ORGANISED TO SUCCEED
The core motivation and primary goal at AKQA is product excellence. Although we are part of WPP, AKQA operates independently. Organically grown, our team works as a single firm, without geographic division. This 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.
To maintain the continuous focus on our core values, and provide a clear career path for our team, all of our Managing Directors and Managing Partners are promoted from within AKQA.
All AKQA employees and clients are invited to participate in the AKQA Insight and AKQA Tech.Insight thought leadership programmes. These comprise a series of informative lectures and Q&A sessions with authors, artists, athletes, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs who are recognised leaders in their respective disciplines.
I have been working at AKQA full-time (More than a year)
- Diverse Culture With Many Walks of Life
- Benefits Help offset Challenging Moments: Yoga, Meditation, Massages, & Acupuncture
- Great Location Near Convenient Gym, Restaurants, & Bars
- Transparent All-Hands Meetings to address state of company
- One of the Best Rooftops in the City
- Internal Tools for Personal Growth
- Communication Opportunities with other North American Studios
- Fast Paced Environment
- Open work space
Like any opportunity one decides to take on, at AKQA, you're in control of your own experience.
Morale at agencies typically tend to be a roller-coaster of emotions and if you let the negativity effect you, it can quickly take a toll.
The beauty of AKQA SF is if you take advantage of the benefits and open seating to avoid distractions, you can focus on your work and continue to execute on your goals.
Advice to Management
Churn rate is high and needs to be acknowledged. When good people leave, unfortunately the idea begins to float around to other great contributors.
Avoid this pattern by continuing to encourage employees to voice their goals and the desired support. (Conferences, Meet-Ups, Courses, Off-Site Mentoring)
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at AKQA (London, England) in July 2015.
The process took about 2 months, talking with 3 employees but never once with HR. The process was really long because they took usually 2-3 weeks to answer and tell me if I made it to the next step or not.
I was in the final round for the job when I received an email saying I did not had the job even if they did say I had all the skills for it.