AKQA Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 21 Jun 2020

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AKQA CEO Ajaz Ahmed
Ajaz Ahmed
312 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great agency with great people and exciting clients and projects(in 53 reviews)

  • "Great clients, competitive salaries, and great culture(in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • "When you're striving for excellence it can mean long hours but that's the nature of the industry and we all work together to try and solve for this(in 60 reviews)

  • "Work/life balance close to non-existent(in 54 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing people producing great work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AKQA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Without doubt the people make AKQA. With proactive, can-do attitudes they produce some of the best work in the business. Throughout my time at the company I didn't come across anyone who I felt was bad at their job. There are many perks to working at AKQA. My work-life balance was very good and there are a number of initiatives to encourage workers both inside and out of the office. The vast majority of my colleagues pursued interesting passions alongside AKQA, which were encouraged internally. Senior management were visible and approachable. Having started in an entry level role this was important. The collaborative nature of the agency led me to some really exciting briefs. The client list is certainly impressive. FIFA in the office isn't bad either!

    Cons

    As with many large agencies, progression is tough - especially if it involves changing departments. If you wish to work your way up then the onus is very much on you. There wasn't much diversity in senior roles, though this was beginning to change as I left.

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  2. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible Place to work, No life balance & lack of support from managers"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at AKQA full-time

    Pros

    Most of the people are great to work alongside Free Breakfast once a month

    Cons

    Work life balance is atrocious Lack of support from managers to progress Lack of change and ability to improve processes HR did not seem to want to help with issues

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    AKQA Response

    June 1, 2020Managing Director

    Thank you for being a part of the journey. Lots to learn every day, we'll keep working hard to improve every touch. If you or any team-member ever feels lack of support to learn, just let any one of us know, we're here to help and make it happen - it's important. Thank you for making us better, Ron, MD, ron@akqa.com

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Experience"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Senior Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AKQA for less than a year

    Pros

    I have been working at AKQA for last half a year and it is everything you cold ask for as far as creative agencies go. The work is incredibly interesting, even if challenging at times. The benefits and overall working culture is great. People are generally very positive and open minded. The monthly drinks are a blast as well. Thumbs up.

    Cons

    Recruitment process can be a bit unwieldy. I assume that at times work / life balance will not be ideal, but that is true for every agency in London.

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  4. "Lovely people but VERY long hours"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AKQA full-time

    Pros

    Work with big brands. Very cool office

    Cons

    Work culture of working very very long hours. It's nothing for people to work till midnight and over weekend. Good to get name on CV but don't stay there long as there is zero work life balance.

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  5. Helpful (13)

    "Satisfying work and great people"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Account Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AKQA

    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

  6. Helpful (17)

    "An inspiring place to work"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AKQA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You're in a team with clever people, working on big clients, working on game-changing work that makes a difference to everyone people (not just the digital industry). This is my first job where I have a good work/life balance – we're encouraged to use our full lunch break unlike places I've worked for previously. We have a new fitness studio at our London office with classes throughout the day which is a great way to achieve mind space.

    Cons

    It would be great if we had corporate discount for local businesses near the office

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "good company, hard clients to work for, very rewarding"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AKQA full-time

    Pros

    - great experience - never boring - challenging - only the best work there

    Cons

    - clients can be over demanding - work life balance can be difficult to balance

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good clients - you might work on them if you are a chosen one..."

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AKQA

    Pros

    Client roster is second to none. Technical Architects are among the best in the industry. Everyone has heard of AKQA - very good to have on your CV.

    Cons

    Unless you work on the fashionable clients such as Nike and McLaren it is difficult to get recognition. Hours are long and in my opinion the salary doesn't reflect the lack of work/life balance.

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  9. Helpful (5)

    "An impressive company overall - but look before you leap"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in London, England
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AKQA

    Pros

    * Not many agencies can match a client roster like this - Ferrari, Nike, Warner Brothers, Visa, XBOX, Fiat, Heineken, Diageo, Unilever, etc... If you're a career focused agency type who wants to play with the big boys, this is the place to be. * Some of the most comprehensive best practices in the industry - AKQA train their staff well and you'll learn more than you ever thought. * Great social life if you're into drinking and/or socialising with your workmates and your team. * Good opportunities to transfer internationally - London, Amsterdam, Berlin, New York, etc... - AKQA do make efforts to give you a world-class experience (literally) if you want it.

    Cons

    * The days when AKQA was focused on innovative design and quality service are gone. Now, it's all about one thing - serving their shareholders. AKQA haven't dished out pay reviews or bonuses in a long time but the perks to the senior execs are very, very visible. * Poor work/life balance and it's getting worse. High profile clients come at a price and that price is you, especially if you work on these accounts. The more high profile the account you work on, the more pressure there is for you to deliver. If you end up on one of the more bread and butter accounts, you'll be ignored or often treated as a second class citizen. * Shoddy and often chaotic project and account management. I do feel sorry for the account services teams as they are in the front lines of serving multiple masters, but as overwhelmed as they are - they won't rock the boat and that effect is felt all throughout their teams. * Lots of attitude and ego and not much substance on the creative side, especially the higher up the food chain you go. If you're coming to AKQA to build really innovative products or to work with people who are genuinely passionate about design, you're in the wrong place. You have been warned. * Very young teams overall. Great if you're in your early to mid-20's but otherwise, you'll feel out of place unless you're in the management team. * Technical teams are hit and miss. A growing reliance on freelancers and outsourcing means lots of variable quality. Good people are snapped up and not allowed to leave their teams, leaving the rest just come and go.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "AKQA provides a great proving ground to start a career, as well as strong opportunities for future growth"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Account Executive in London, England
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AKQA

    Pros

    Strong brand, culture of innovation and work ethic

    Cons

    poor work/ life balance, yearly promotion cycle, poor approach to economic downturn (i.e., policy towards promotion of staff and pay rises), poor project finance management systems

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