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
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
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I worked at AKQA full-time for more than 3 yearsPros
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.Advice to ManagementAdvice
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