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AKQA Overview

London, England
1001 to 5000 employees
WPP
1994
Company - Public
Advertising & Marketing
£100 to £500 million (GBP) per year
At AKQA we believe in the imaginative application of art and science to create beautiful ideas, products and services. With an entrepreneurial and collaborative approach, we design adaptive digital services and applications that capture the imagination, delivering impressive ... Read more

Mission: The imaginative application of art and science to create the future.


Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2016 (#3)

Top CEOs: 2016 (#6)

Company Updates

  • Selected amongst 3,500 entries across 91 countries – AKQA Gothenburg longlisted for workspace interior-design award: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQmUv

    Dezeen Awards interiors longlist

    AKQA's Gothenburg studio featured on this year's Deezen Awards interiors longlist, in the Workspace interior category.

  • AKQA Casa awarded Special Mention for architecture and design: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQGOg

    An industry leader for architecture and design worldwide

    AKQA is an ideas and innovation company. We exist to create the future for our clients.

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AKQA – Why Work For Us?


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The imaginative application of art and science to create beautiful ideas, products and services.


DIGITAL INNOVATION & SERVICE DESIGN

AKQA’s influential work is recognised worldwide for its pioneering approach, continuing to define and lead the industry.

We ideate, design and deliver iconic digital products and services that improve people’s lives. Our multidisciplinary team has been involved in some of the most groundbreaking projects across multiple industries. We collaborate with sophisticated clients to deliver a cohesive blueprint that will satisfy audience needs and surpass business goals.

SOCIAL

Our distinguished social media practitioners have world-class capabilities and experience, delivering a sustained, integrated, managed, measurable ecosystem that is guided by our clients’ commercial requirements and new opportunities.

AKQA's social media team has a unique leadership position that provides our clients with unrivalled competitive advantage, helping them to successfully navigate multiple regions, platforms and channels to deliver seamless solutions.

DATA SCIENCE

AKQA’s Data Science team is recognised as one of the world’s foremost groups, delivering highly sophisticated solutions to complex and challenging client requirements.

Many organisations – leaders in their respective industries – entrust their Data Science work to our team. Our use of advanced algorithms, analytics, knowledge of cutting-edge software and technologies is unrivalled. AKQA’s high-caliber Data Scientists are distinguished by their exceptional professional judgment, diversity of experience across categories and a proven track record of innovation.

ENGINEERING

AKQA's engineering-led approach delivers digital ecosystems for world leading brands.

Our approach strips out anything that does not improve performance. Our obsession with technical detail and sophisticated engineering rigour provides the means to operate at speed and scale, without compromise. The result is always a simpler, smarter, faster solution that will outperform expectations and rival services. Motivated by engineering frictionless solutions that endure and ideas previously thought impossible, we deliver the work that creates new categories and redefines existing ones.

BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION & COMMERCE

Our clients repeatedly tell us that AKQA’s commitment to meaningful, strategic innovation is one of the characteristics that differentiates our firm.

We accelerate our client’s innovation advantage through an entrepreneurial mindset. Combining the speed, agility, perspective and creativity of a start-up with best practice delivery capability, we help our clients to unlock new revenue streams and increase their relevance for a new generation of customers. The core philosophy and foundation of AKQA’s commerce work is that it should deliver industry leadership for clients.


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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.


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 provides the highest quality ideas and innovation services to clients around the world. Our consistent track-record of results achieved for clients have set our firm apart. Through our focus on our core values, thought-leadership, rigorous delivery, and industry initiatives, AKQA is today one of the world’s most influential companies. Our goal is to become a high-performance environment where the most talented people flourish. With our perfectionist approach, people join AKQA for the opportunity to do the best work of their careers.


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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.

LONG-TERM COMMITMENT AKQA is committed to helping our team develop into the best possible practitioners and to providing them with an unparalleled foundation for their career. We help well-rounded professionals to 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 own organisation, creating an optimum environment to deliver the work without any compromises.


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.
 

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

DEVELOPMENT In addition to on-the-job training, AKQA offers a menu of training through the AKQA Academy 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 Academy and WPP Professional Development courses are taught by leaders in their fields including AKQA’s own senior team and respected external experts.


To maintain the continuous focus on our core values, and provide a clear career path for our team, all of our Managing Directors and Executive 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.

DIVERSITY We believe that diversity is vital to AKQA’s ability to provide our clients with the best recommendations and are committed to fostering a varied and inclusive work environment. We provide our employees with the canvas, tools and confidence to help them advance their careers in a way that best suits them.

SUSTAINABILITY At AKQA we believe everything a company does should be about taking the responsibility to be respectful towards the community and the environment. We consider community and pro-bono work to be an important commitment of our employees. 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 is part of WPP’s Sustainability initiatives. WPP is ranked no. 49 in an annual round-up of the World’s Greenest Companies.

AKQA Reviews

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    "Senior Creative Copywriter"

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    I worked at AKQA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Improved my presentation skills, opened my mind about the creative work

    Cons

    The copywriters weren't too much involved in film shootings, and production which can be the funniest part.

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AKQA Photos

AKQA photo of: Inspired by London’s historic docks and warehouses – the new interior design at AKQA in London
AKQA photo of: Collaborative spaces in rich palettes of rough, gritty and utilitarian materials – AKQA in London
AKQA photo of: Railway sleepers, stacked and separated by an intricate system of steel cotton reels – the slatted creative hub at AKQA in London
AKQA photo of: AKQA in Paris
AKQA photo of: AKQA in Paris
AKQA photo of: AKQA in Paris
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AKQA Interviews

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    Analytics Interview

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    Application

    I applied through other source. I interviewed at AKQA (New York, NY (US)).

    Interview

    Poorly communicated process. I had 6 people interview me (from beginning to end). The last interview was a presentation in front of a large group (some dialed in - the connection dropped quite a few times). Most people said they were a senior analyst or manager and when it came to Q and A they tried to pick holes in the presentation as opposed to question and learn.

    Interviewers didn’t seem too have their questions ready or to have read my background. I got the feeling that the analytics work wasn’t at the level of other agencies.

    At the offer time I found that the salary is about the same as other agencies. Perks and development programs are way less than other agencies.

    Interview Questions

    • If you could use data for something innovative, what would that be?   Answer Question
    • What’s your experience with Adobe Analytics?   Answer Question
    • Have you built a measurement framework?   Answer Question
    • Tell me about your management style? How many people have you managed?   Answer Question
    • Tell me about your experience with Python and R?   Answer Question
    • What are some of the models you’ve worked with? (Note, the interview wasn’t able to go deeper than simple linear regression, cluster analysis and t-tests.)   Answer Question
    • “Bit coin”   Answer Question
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AKQA Awards & Accolades

  • Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation, British Monarchy, 2014
  • Agency of the Year, Creativepool, 2016
  • Agency of the Year, IAB UK, 2016
  • Ad Agency A-List Standout, Advertising Age, 2015
  • Industry Leader for Architecture and Design Worldwide, Architizer, 2018
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