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Terrific company

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

I have been working at AKQA full-time

Pros

Smart teams, high-profile projects, strong management practices. Relaxed environment, family-friendly. Great exposure to variety of technologies and tools. Lots of interesting work going on.

Cons

Some projects get pretty massive, which can get tiring creatively. Inter office communication/sharing could be better. Need more interaction between tech and design.

Advice to Management

Create more opportunities for departments to interact. Per-project bonuses would be good, too.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Good luck.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at AKQA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    cool client names
    neat pool table
    lots of events
    high tech projects
    fun some of the time

    Cons

    Mostly a young company with lots of events with alcohol.

    There's too much preference for employee versus contractor. Some contractors are longer term than employees and contractors don't get enough credit for their work.

    They have tech group on a different floor than creative and most of management. This can create conflict .
    Inexperienced managers need to learn from the experienced ones how to direct the client's decisions over just filling out their requests.

    Lots of hours low pay compared to others in the industry. Don't expect comp days.

    Management has a lack of people skills so they create and exacerbate problems they could be solving. Not a lot of maturity is either practiced or encouraged. More professional companies have less people problems.

    Management also needs to keep their promises regarding cash rewards and be generous about cash payments for things other companies would pay for out of hand such as getting business for the company, providing employee referrals, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Read that Velocity book your CEO wrote and practice it. Value workers. Find ways to break up cliques, or at least be less obvious about them. Make sure you are valuing those who aren't in the fraternity club. Value performance. Teach managers people skills both on a policy level and personally. Independently review each group's processes. Interactions team lacks a QA process for example so occasionally functional specs aren't designed for a complete system. Developers can help with this.

  2. Helpful (1)

    AKQA has been generally a good experience.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AKQA

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - casual atmosphere
    - smart people
    - small perks (bagel monday, fruit wednesday, coffee, tea, subsidized vending machines)
    - decent benefits
    - good reputation

    Cons

    - some long hours
    - expectations about being in the office
    - losing many good employees
    - feel of pressure from management

    Advice to Management

    There is a trickle down effect about how a business is run. It has been difficult to keep highly skilled people and I know there are plans being made to address that, but I think it needs to kicked up a notch by looking at the way employees are appreciated.

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