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AKQA Overview

London, England (UK)
1001 to 5000 employees
1994
Company - Public
Advertising & Marketing
$100 to $500 million (AUD) per year
At AKQA we believe in the imaginative application of art and science to create beautiful ideas, products and services. With an entrepreneurial and collaborative approach, we design adaptive digital services and applications that capture the imagination, delivering impressive ... Read more

Mission: The future inspires us. We work to inspire.

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AKQA – Why Work With Us?


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The future inspires us. We work to inspire.

Within every brief is the desire to create notable work of distinction. And within every idea is the determination to shape a better future. AKQA’s influential work is recognised worldwide for its pioneering approach, continuing to define and lead the industry.

AKQA, the home of courageous invention, architects, and designs. Delivering iconic experiences, services, products and ecosystems that sustainably improve people’s lives. Distinguished by exceptional professional judgement, diversity of experience across categories and a proven track record, our high-calibre team creates groundbreaking work across multiple industries.

AKQA’s multidisciplinary work, with our partners Universal and Map, embraces the convergence across businesses, challenging the artificial barriers existing between interfaces, spaces we inhabit, objects we use, and increasingly connected lives. We deliver cohesive blueprints across customer connection points that satisfy audience needs and surpass goals.

Combining art, science and the humanities is the opportunity to explore bold, imaginative work influenced by all the disciplines in a pursuit to introduce a new dimension, break boundaries, and create work at the forefront.


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CREATE WHAT'S NEXT

AKQA has an unmatched reputation for revolutionary work. Since our founding we have consistently been among the world’s most influential and awarded agencies.

Our record of achievement results from our team's collaboration with clients. Many of the world’s most prestigious clients entrust AKQA with their ideas and innovation work.

This opportunity coupled with exposure to work that is at the cutting edge - in an environment that champions creativity and thought leadership - makes for a career enriched with learning and achievement.


Working at AKQA


CORE VALUES Our founding values guide our work and the philosophy of our firm:
 
  • Innovation – pioneering ideas combined with the application of technology, to achieve lasting improvements in performance for our clients
  • Service – outstanding service to our clients and colleagues, so we retain exceptional people and create trust-based relationships
  • Quality – adhere to the highest professional standards and superior quality
  • Thought – recommending the best solutions through the most rigorous thinking process

What we look for

Passion, conscientiousness, adaptability, loyalty and integrity are all integral qualities that we look for.

Often, when companies talk about growth, they are talking about size. But our focus is growth of excellence across everything we do.

Sometimes, when creating a labour of love, we all put in long hours and sometimes we can all feel burdened by deadlines; but the exhilaration will hopefully always outweigh the exhaustion. We create something, so there is satisfaction. We do it as a team, so there is friendship and we do something useful and inspiring, so there is a sense of purpose.

In turn, we offer a competitive salary, a variety of benefits, a respectful and meritocratic working environment with limitless opportunities for personal and professional development.

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TEAMWORK 
AKQA provides the highest quality ideas and innovation services to clients around the world. Our consistent track-record of results achieved for clients have set our firm apart. Through our focus on our core values, thought-leadership, rigorous delivery, and industry initiatives, AKQA is today one of the world’s most influential companies. Our goal is to become a high-performance environment where the most talented people flourish. With our perfectionist approach, people join AKQA for the opportunity to do the best work of their careers.


We create digital products, services and immersive experiences that are useful, usable, delightful and enjoyed by millions. We employ a rapid ideation and prototyping process that focuses on getting pilots into market quickly, helping clients make a sustained impact, increase their relevance and expand their connection. By embracing a pioneering approach that continues to lead and define the industry, we deliver cohesive blueprints that fulfil audience needs and surpass business goals.


LONG-TERM COMMITMENT 
AKQA is committed to helping our team develop into the best possible practitioners and to providing them with an unparalleled foundation for their career. We help well-rounded professionals to acquire leadership skills more quickly than at other organisations. Our employees benefit from the trusted long-term nature of our client relationships as well as the cultural alignment between the client and our own organisation, creating an optimum environment to deliver the work without any compromises.


ORGANISED TO SUCCEED
The core motivation and primary goal at AKQA is product excellence. Although we are part of WPP, AKQA operates independently. Organically grown, our team works as a single firm, without geographic division. This means we can bring resources from across our network to provide solutions for our clients. Over 70% of our clients work with our team in multiple regions.

 
In addition to our own Future Lions initiative, we have formed partnerships with many of the world’s leading universities so we can hire their best graduates. We combine youth and energy with maturity and experience to form a community that has a unique diversity of knowledge and exceptional professional judgement.
 
DEVELOPMENT 
AKQA offers a menu of training through the AKQA Academy and WPP Professional Development. This comprehensive curriculum of formal training is designed to equip our team with the substantive creative, engineering, business acumen, communications, management and analytical skills required to have professionally rewarding careers. AKQA Academy and WPP Professional Development courses are taught by leaders in their fields including AKQA’s own senior team and respected external experts.

To maintain the continuous focus on our core values, and provide a clear career path for our team, all of our Managing Directors and Managing Partners are promoted from within AKQA.

All AKQA employees and clients are invited to participate in the AKQA Insight and AKQA Tech.Insight thought leadership programmes. These comprise a series of informative lectures and Q&A sessions with authors, artists, athletes, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs who are recognised leaders in their respective disciplines.


DIVERSITY 
We believe that diversity is vital to AKQA’s ability to provide our clients with the best recommendations and are committed to fostering a varied and inclusive work environment. We provide our employees with the canvas, tools and confidence to help them advance their careers in a way that best suits them.
 

SUSTAINABILITY 
At AKQA we believe everything a company does should be about taking the responsibility to be respectful towards the community and the environment. We consider community and pro-bono work to be an important commitment of our employees. We encourage our team to devote their skills to a broad range of community activities, working with a myriad of charitable and not-for-profit organisations. AKQA is part of WPP’s Sustainability initiatives. WPP is ranked no. 49 in an annual round-up of the World’s Greenest Companies.

http://www.akqa.com/careers 

Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Storytellers. 

AKQA is always looking for passionate people who share a commitment to our founding values of Innovation, Service, Quality and Thought. 

We have earned numerous international accolades, including Agency of the Year a record 31 times. At the end of 2011, AKQA was named Agency of the Year on both sides of the Atlantic by Adweek and Campaign magazines.

We bring ideas and innovation to forward-thinking companies such as Anheuser-Busch, Audi, Delta, Google, Nike, Target, Verizon, and Xbox. AKQA is home to more than 1,400 employees around the world, with offices in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, London, New York, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, Shanghai, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

AKQA Reviews

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    I have been working at AKQA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have been with AKQA for a little under 2 years. In this time I have been exposed to amazing work and even better people. AKQA encourages its people to strive for excellence and provides the opportunity for professional and personal growth. I have been able to progress in my career with support from direct management as well as other senior leaders within the organisation. The current leadership team in the Melbourne studio are warm, approachable and an asset to the organisation. They continue to provide sound direction and their communication to their employees is exceptional. From a cultural perspective, AKQA is fantastic. Internal events are always a highlight and help to bring the already close-knit team closer.

    Cons

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AKQA Photos

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AKQA photo of: A professional kitchen hosting local chefs to curate specially prepared meals – AKQA in São Paulo
AKQA photo of: Open workspaces in alternating surfaces – AKQA in Tokyo
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AKQA Interviews

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    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at AKQA.

    Interview

    It was very quick and straightforward. I had a phone interview with the recruiter and then interviewed onsite. They want to know if you have the right work ethic and UX background.

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AKQA Awards & Accolades

  • Industry Leader for Architecture and Design Worldwide, Architizer, 2018
  • Best UK Agencies, The Drum, 2015
  • Best Agency of the Year, IAB MIXX Awards, 2015
  • Most Awarded Design Company, Design Week Awards, 2014
  • Top 100 Digital Agencies, Econsultancy, 2015
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