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    Great experience and great co-workers

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    Former Employee - Campaign Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Campaign Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at AKQA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you are looking to jumpstart your career or get the experience you have been craving in the marketing/ad industry then AKQA is definitely a place to get it. My 1.5 years here was easily the most challenging and educational time of my life. I recommend anyone in the marketing industry to be in advertising for at least a year. It teaches you so much about not just the industry but professionalism and how to build an overall work ethic. Having such big clients really makes you work that much harder because one wrong move and you can lose a million dollar client. The people here are definitely some of the best in the business.

    Perk wise, well... 80% of health is paid for, pre-tax commuter benefits, subsidized massage every other week (if you can find a slot), subsidized acupuncturist every other week (again, if you can find a slot). Fancy expresso machines with artisan coffee bean (sight glass, blue bottle, etc) when the machine is not broken. Twice a week free yoga in-house (these are awesome fyi) and 'magic hour' session once a week (think bootcamp but with a pep talk)

    Cons

    If you are looking for great pay and you're not senior management then you're looking in the wrong place. AKQA does NOT pay industry standard. It's far from it. Their pay scale needs a serious revamp in terms of offering the right amount of money given anyone's experience. It almost reflects that of a government rubric where certain types of positions gets between X-Y amount and so on. But being the ad industry with so much turnover, I can see why offering more money may or may not be worth it.

    For a company with this kind of revenue stream and reputation, you would think there would be MORE perks such as free snacks and drinks, which by now is an industry staple in SF. Instead of providing such simple things, they try to mask their frugality with other 'perks' like a daily green drink which is usually kale and other things smoothie. Not a bad thing but not everyone is into that and I think they know it.

    Also, unless you're one of the bigger accounts and doing creative (audi, jordan, activision, etc) then don't expect to ever be recognized by the company as a whole. All of the all-hands are only ever focused on their biggest accounts and everyone else is not even mentioned.

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    Perhaps offering higher salaries would help with retention better.

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AKQA Interviews

Updated 7 Oct 2014
Updated 7 Oct 2014

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    Associate Creative Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at AKQA.

    Interview Details

    Interview started with an initial phone screen, recruiter was very professional, personable. Based on my communication with this individual I felt it may have been some indication the hiring manager and team were similar in the experience. The office is currently is also in growth mode to build their footprint and competitive with other digital competitors.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions were very easy. Nothing that through me off guard. Questions like: what is your experience working with clients,? Have you participated in new business development or pitch?   View Answer
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AKQA Awards and Accolades

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Digital Agency of the Year (Gold), Adweek, 2011
Digital Agency of the Year (Gold), Adweek, 2012
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Website www.akqa.com
Headquarters San Francisco, CA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Acquired By WPP Group
Founded 1995
Type Company - Private
Industry Business Services
Revenue $50 to $100 million (AUD) per year
Competitors Unknown

AKQA is an ideas and innovation company. We collaborate with forward-thinking companies to create the future.

AKQA is currently home to more than 1,400 employees in eleven offices around the world including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, London, New York, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, Shanghai, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. Clients include Anheuser-Busch, Audi, Delta, Google...
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