AKQA Reviews

Updated 28 April 2015
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Pros
  • You'll get to work on some massive clients and work with some great people (in 17 reviews)

  • Lots of great clients, good budget and wonderful people to work with (in 14 reviews)

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

  • Low pay, long hours, 2 weeks of vacation for the first 2 years (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Rewarding and creative place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Web Developer in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Excellent company that's at the top of its field.
    - Interesting range of projects from good clients
    - Nurturing culture that genuinely cares about the product and making improvements
    - Very collaborative
    - Never a dull moment
    - Freedom to experiment

    Cons

    - Hours can be long as launches approach
    - You need to have the ability to self-direct your career
    - Multi-region projects involve regular travel to client companies

    Advice to Management

    - Continue the investment into the culture and learning

  2. Strategy & Design + UX

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at AKQA as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You're surrounded by lots of intelligent people. You can learn a lot there.

    Cons

    If you aren't ready to work along side of people that hustle hard you may be left behind. You have to be a strong swimmer to stay above the water. This isn't necessarily bad because it produces great work. You just have to be prepared to work hard.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management can seem a bit clique-ish. From what I heard on the grapevine this turns off some people.

  3. AKQA is an A+ experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Copywriter in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Copywriter in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Ajaz Ahmed - the CEO - a true visionary
    Hands on, fun, exciting and constantly interesting
    Love their work, their clients and always seeking excellence
    Awesome people - lots of characters and collaborative culture

    Cons

    I don't have any downsides

    Advice to Management

    A brilliant company, a brilliant place to work, and even after over 10 years being away from AQKA, I still even value my experience more than ever.

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  5. A very special place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Opened my eyes to how good it can be to go to work. Interesting projects, amazing people, opportunity to travel as many projects are multi-region. Cool work being done all the time. Decent perks such as free breakfasts, on-site gym, celebrations. Inspiring atmosphere, learning all the time. The company is going through a constant process of re-invention to make improvements.

    Cons

    Not many negatives, but being a service industry need to be able to juggle expectations, deadlines and relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Would be good to get more insights from management about expectations for career development.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Puts the work first

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Refreshing place to work with lots of incredible brands. I love the agency's focus on putting the work first. There's always thought provoking debate to arrive at the best solutions for clients. The company provides a lot of freedom and autonomy. Colleagues are inspiring and experienced.

    Cons

    Requires people who are self-directing and are resilient to changes in projects.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on the work!

  7. Great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Access to knowledge, easy going people, international opportunities with projects and offices, good culture with many social activities, strong client relationships

    Cons

    Deadlines are very demanding as most projects require fast turnaround

    Advice to Management

    Career path should be clear so that employees know what's expected

  8. Excellent professional development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Surrounded by expertise. Opportunity to work with world class people. Varied work. Management is keen to promote you if you show the right skills.

    Cons

    Pressure to achieve and keep improving.

    Advice to Management

    Find the strenghs and best qualities in your employees and help to amplify these.

  9. Front end developer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The DC office of AKQA was sort of special. Their web development team hosts regular technology presenatations that introduce new programming concepts, libraries, and frameworks. There is a lot of unique project work in this office, and many opportunities to lead your own work. The tech director is wise and facilitates employee needs. There is a nice beer fridge here and there are weekly happy hours. The Georgetown neighborhood is awesome. This is the best job I ever had, I just couldn't afford to live in DC on my salary (which was semi-competetive). I miss my cool coworkers.

    Cons

    Scheduling department has a defensive attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you were doing in late 2012/early 2013.

  10. Awesome start to my career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of professional pride in the pursuit of great work. Real champion of creativity and the next generation of talent. Great client list and top notch people to learn from.

    Cons

    If you need a very structured career path then this probably would not be the place for you as the best people often define their own roles.

    Advice to Management

    Keep sharing the stories of how you got to this point in your careers.

  11. Senior Stategist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer

    I worked at AKQA

    Pros

    Good resources to tap on the creative side

    Cons

    Not a strategically-led company. Rely heavily on interaction designers and developers to show execute. A lot of the work these days is to keep the lights on, not as ambitious as they use to be.

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