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Group Account Director

AKQA San Francisco, CA

The Group Account Director sets the vision for all partnerships and ensures seamless delivery across the Client Services team. The candidate must be… Ivy Exec


30+ days ago

Senior Project Manager

AKQA London, NA +2 locations

Senior Project Managers are experts in delivery and execution. They share a passion for great ideas and collaborate with clients and internal teams… Ivy Exec


7 days ago

Client Partner

AKQA London, NA +2 locations

As a Client Partner you will be responsible for revenue, client planning, business development and business consulting. Demonstrating an in-depth… Ivy Exec


7 days ago

Senior Strategic Planner

AKQA Sao Paulo, NA +6 locations

You will have the ability to think of new research projects, methodologies and products can use to generate original insights for clients and for new… Ivy Exec


7 days ago

Creative Director

AKQA Shanghai, NA +2 locations

Superb professionalism and mature presence in all aspects of team and client relationship-building.Thought leadership: A strong point of view… Ivy Exec


30+ days ago

Associate Project Manager

AKQA London, NA

Associate Project Managers are skilled in supporting delivery and execution. They share a passion for great ideas and collaborate with clients and… Ivy Exec


14 days ago

Account Director

AKQA Amsterdam, NA +4 locations

As an Account Director you will successfully manage multiple suppliers, partners and clients to ensure best outcome for both client . You will keep… Ivy Exec


30+ days ago

Technical Delivery Manager

AKQA Berlin, NA +5 locations

You will love working in a team of highly skilled people, all with strong opinions about various technologies, frameworks and approaches to delivery… Ivy Exec


7 days ago

Technical Manager

AKQA New York, NY +2 locations

Lead projects to deliver high quality technical solutions and products.Design, development and deployment and maintenance of innovative solutions… Ivy Exec


30+ days ago

Strategy Director

AKQA San Francisco, CA +2 locations

Strategic Directors see the world in a unique light, and shape how the world sees and interacts with great brands. Their insights sow the seeds for… Ivy Exec


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    Join AKQA only if you have no other options

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

    Pros

    Not many, actually. Your colleagues will be very nice and friendly, you may start a new project every year.

    Cons

    Even though AKQA brands itself as "the best/leading digital agency in the world" after receiving several awards, the company takes surprisingly little care of its own employees. While the pay is good, almost zero budget is spent on developing or training or sending people to conferences (once a year would be your best chance of going somewhere, and it better be local). There are various internal training on public speaking and communication but they're very short, 2-3 hours here and there. I guess hiring a professional trainer for 2-3 days instead would be way too much to ask from AKQA.

    The office space varies between the cities, the one in Berlin is commonly recognized as the worst - people are in a room where there's a giant window but it can't be opened, makes it some nice summer days, as you can imagine. The company is so greedy that it makes people seat on tables so small, one has no place to put his laptop sometimes. The kitchen only provides tea, coffee, mineral water, some fruits and occasional "leftovers" after meeting the clients (what a delight indeed). There's a vending machine, the company is "taking care of a healthy food" so sponsoring the machine is out of the question. But you have water and fruits, right?

    Team's management is built in a typical pyramid manner where for 3 developers you have 4 managers walking around and doing basically nothing. Teams are not empowered to make any decisions, all project-wide decisions are dumped from the top, without bothering to ask for team's opinion. Technical expertise of managerial team is not satisfying by any mean and, generally, the company is *very* short-term thinking, chasing one client after another. Activities that can't be billed by a client, would hardly be approved.

    The company is obsessed with looking "premium" from the outside but it couldn't care less for its own people. The turnover is very high, people come and go in masses and nothing ever changes in the company. So I can only suggest to join AKQA if you're out of options.

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