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    Typical mediocre company with typical mediocre managers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Berlin (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)

    I have been working at AKQA as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Your colleagues will be very nice and friendly. Compensation is good.

    Cons

    The company culture is not in technology but in "creative" projects for the brands. Consequently, the company lacks any serious expertise in software development, discipline or methodologies. You get to work with typical mediocre managers using the same old techniques from 90's to run a team by assigning meaningless tasks to individuals and making more than questionable decisions. And none of them can be called "leaders", honestly. There are two ways to run a team: treat engineers as adults and let them do their job or treat them as kids and tell them what to do. AKQA only knows the second way, their managers have no trust in people they hire and would never empower a team of engineers to make any serious decision.

    Zero investment in people, training or educating them or letting them explore alternative technologies. The only thing that ever matters for the company is what's client is paying for - the company has no vision or goal of its own, regardless of what managers say (they talk a lot but I'm yet to see any of their words turning into action). Getting more clients is all that counts. Consequently, turnover is very high. I've seen at least 5 people leaving the company in the last year.

    Office space and lighting can be really bad. No food provided, only a breakfast once a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start taking care of your people. Stop talking about the next great client you're about to pitch next week and start talking about what makes people feel good about working at AKQA (so far? probably nothing).

    Doesn't Recommend
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    No opinion of CEO

AKQA Interviews

Updated Sep 11, 2014
Updated Sep 11, 2014

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at AKQA in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    Was contacted by recruiter based on my LinkedIn profile. Had a test exercise to develop which took me about 2 days. Then had two in-person interviews (technical and personal) and shortly after had a job offer.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No, I wasn't able to negotiate my compensation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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.

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