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Going downhill fast

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Current Employee - Strategist in San Francisco, CA (US)
Current Employee - Strategist in San Francisco, CA (US)

I have been working at AKQA full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Was a great culture with great people. Fun projects and good alignment with other teams. Incredible visionaries who did some great incredible work.

Cons

Cheap company. Finance department is intolerable to get things improved. No vision beyond some great project based work. Very siloed, creative teams dispersed through the building but yet media and search teams reside in the basement where they have been for years. Now that there is a WPP acquisition, key leadership employees have been leaving. What was once a shining star really seems to be losing its luster, and fast.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stabilize the ship, or you are going to lose 50% of your employees in the next year.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work hard, play hard, negotiate harder.

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    Current Employee - Social Media Editor in City of London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Social Media Editor in City of London, England (UK)

    I have been working at AKQA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people, the work, the opportunities, the clients.

    Cons

    The expectation and acceptance that working over 10 hours a day is normal and the fabric of what makes the agency so great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend less time congratulating yourselves and more time setting up frameworks and progression for employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Talented people, great but tough clients, hard work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Creative in City of London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Creative in City of London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - Working for world class brands
    - Learning so much from all the talent in the company even from other departments and roles
    - Great sense of teamwork, especially when you have a tough client, you're all going through it together.
    - Most but not all of the execs are seated around everyone else, that says something.

    Cons

    - Be prepared to put in the hours and then some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a more inspiring office environment or get a new one, Even banks have more creative ones these days.

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