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AKQA Reviews

Updated 3 September 2015
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AKQA CEO Ajaz Ahmed
Ajaz Ahmed
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Pros
  • There are a few great people in the NY office (in 17 reviews)

  • Great clients with awesome budgets (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • I know some other departments have a much less favorable work life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • As a result, developers work long hours under insane pressure and no personal life (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (17)

    Appreciates its employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Developer in London, England
    Current Employee - Web Developer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great projects, fun corporate events, nice touches like free fruit and snacks, top management, enjoyable work environment with on-site gym and training, awesome client list

    Cons

    Working across time-zones is challenging and there is a process for everything

    Advice to Management

    On-the-job learning works brilliantly especially in cutting edge innovations but although there are some training sessions occasionally I feel that more formal learning has a place


  2. Has lost its way but there's hope

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good clients. Smart people and culture is getting better after washing out the last few years

    Cons

    Easy to fall between the cracks. Little training and lottery in terms of career dev, depending on who you get.


  3. Helpful (12)

    Awesome

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The ability to learn from others - Awesome people - Events such as Jimmy's Bar and Fry-Days! - People are willing to tutor you and give you guidance if you ask - Ajaz is a top bloke! - I asked for Monster Munch in the vending machine... I got monster munch in the vending machine!

    Cons

    - Can only wear Nikes or Shoes... - 20 days annual leave is tight!

    Advice to Management

    Stay Awesome!


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  5. Helpful (9)

    client list

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative in London, England
    Current Employee - Creative in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    interesting work and impressed with knowledge of the team. Team socials and inspiration

    Cons

    can be long hours when nearing deadlines

    Advice to Management

    only take on clients where the work is interesting


  6. Helpful (15)

    Over four years made amazing friends

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Director in London, England
    Former Employee - Account Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Made friends for life - Has helped me to develop into the person I am today - Depends on team but feel like part of one big family - Will never forget or regret the time I spent

    Cons

    - Senior management should get involved in all aspects of the business - Is a big company now and getting bigger

    Advice to Management

    - Be visible and don't lose the community family feel as you grow


  7. Helpful (15)

    made me feel welcome

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of energy and determination to get stuff done Potential for growth Moves fast Positive culture Good perks and events

    Cons

    Can easily consume all your time Always need more time to get everything done Work load can be significant depending on client

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the culture as the company grows


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great if you get on the right clients

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great client portfolio, work hard and you'll get a chance to work on some great projects.

    Cons

    Some of the client work is pretty standard, so you'll need to earn your stripes there before getting on the more innovative projects.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a focus on people, that was lost for a while but it is definitely getting better.


  9. Helpful (8)

    More than satisfied

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in London, England
    Current Employee - Account Executive in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, respect for employees, varied and exciting work, lots of tidy little touches like free fruit and socials, smart colleagues, awesome culture

    Cons

    Depending on projects can be long hours and all consuming, but also keeps you busy!

    Advice to Management

    Keep people aware of the international opportunities available


  10. Helpful (15)

    High profile work with talented people

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent environment, space and culture that provides a lot of freedom. Very high ratio of talented employees. Graduate programme has partnerships with good universities. Work will be high profile as produced for famous brand names. Feel like part of something special everyday.

    Cons

    Lots of smart people but need to provide a way to share their talents and knowledge wider.

    Advice to Management

    Company meetings are good and need to bring people together more often.


  11. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the best agencies in industry. lovely people, great atmosphere, pretty office in central London. Top clients- definitely worth having in your CV.

    Cons

    Salaries below industrial average. Recruitment process takes ages if your role is currently not in demand. Despite that, its still a great place to be.

    Advice to Management

    If employee gives you signs, that they are unhappy or want to change an account, please do not ignore it.



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