Akamai
4.0 of 5 233 reviews
www.akamai.com Cambridge, MA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Akamai Reviews

Updated Apr 4, 2014
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4.0 233 reviews

                             

97% Approve of the CEO

Akamai CEO Tom Leighton

Tom Leighton

(101 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros/Cons working at Akamai

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Akamai

Prosgrowing company, best in class, lots of opportunities

Conssuffering through growing pains, lots of management changes

Advice to Senior ManagementTry keeping managers consistent, so that the employees may reap their benefit.. changing the reporting structure every year causes nothing but pain and anguish

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The resources exist to make us a well-oiled machine, however middle management can't seem to make the pieces fit (yet).

Senior Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee)
Cambridge, MA

I have been working at Akamai full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood pay/benefits
Knowledge exposure is incredible and is easily transferable elsewhere
flexible work-from-home programs available
Hard work easily translates into recognition

ConsAWFUL work/life balance
Goals and visions differ greatly between departments
Bringing new employees up to speed on technologies is painfully slow
finger-pointing culture becoming prevalent in services/support
product engineering is sometimes misaligned with customer needs and asks

Advice to Senior ManagementHave ALL departments within the org to put the customer first instead of their own interests

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Cool technology, smart people, but a real 'in-crowd' mentality and lack of transparency from management.

Technical Project Manager (Former Employee)
Cambridge, MA

I worked at Akamai

ProsCool technology
Smart people
Collaborative atmosphere
Good renumeration

ConsLack of transparency about what's going on and why
Provincial mentality - very US-focused
Technology may suffer 'innovator's dilemma
Greedy!

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove transparency of internal communications. Acknowledge when there are issues. Focus on the non-U.S. rest of the world.

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Love it.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Cambridge, MA

I have been working at Akamai

ProsJob satisfaction, team members, company great

ConsPayis low and it is a fight to get a raise.

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Very strong company; not long on work/life balance

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Akamai

ProsVery solid technology, intelligent and hard-working employees, interesting customers and projects, commitment to making customers successful, limited tolerance for poor performers.

ConsThe company is run very lean - which is positive in one sense, but also leads to an overworked work force. Weak on respecting people's outside lives, and expectation is that people will be available at all hours if needed.

Advice to Senior ManagementAs the economy begins to improve and employees have other options, it will be important to address work/life balance issues much better.

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Ok

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Cambridge, MA

I have been working at Akamai

Prosgreat stock options and RSU plan. Good flexiblity for work/home balance. smart people. interesting and chalenging work. Community responsibility is cool too.

Conslack of career development plans for anyone mid stage in your career. communication from senior executives leaves a lot to be desired.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore communication to staff, more visiblity into decision making. More career path - more opportunities, less politics. Bring back bagel day.

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A great yin and yang

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Cambridge, MA

I have been working at Akamai

ProsThe people, world-class engineers, the technology... Incredibly challenging. The breadth of technology you work with is impressive. You don't get to do this sort of thing anywhere else in the world. You get to deal with top-notch customers. You get to do things that no one has done before at a scale that no one has attempted before. The career growth opportunities are pretty good.

ConsStaggering lack of communication, lack of discipline, architecture support is weak, tactical management is mediocre, though strategic management is pretty good, much, much emphasis placed on (short-term) financial performance of the company as opposed to long-term investment and growth. Not much emphasis on professional development and training. They don't want to spend the money. Much lip-service paid, but little results.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to internal investment. Communicate more. Try focusing on fewer projects more closely.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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akamai, interesting work for less pay.

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
San Mateo, CA

I have been working at Akamai

ProsVery smart peopl. Very complex problems. New exciting technology. Lots of customer feedback and interaction

Consakamai is very stingy about compensation.They say that they are less competitive on salary and more competitive on bonuses but it seems they are not competitive in either case.

 akamai has very isolated groups and each of them are very high performance. I have seen extremely less interaction among groups.
Groups/teams themselves are very less collaborative and thrive on individual performers. If you are someone who thrives on group effort this is not a place for you. You need to be solely competent who can work in a very fast paced environment and needs to be able to perform.

Advice to Senior Managementincrease compensation

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Have no good management team in APJ.

Senior Engagement Manager (Current Employee)
Beijing, Beijing (China)

I have been working at Akamai full-time for more than a year

ProsA growth Company with high potential.

ConsHave no capacity in China so that the business would be limited and will be a loser when amazon and google growth shortly.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease consider to set China Plan with higher priority and have some body with China Sense for larger business.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great experience

Technical Solutions Engineer (Current Employee)
Bangalore (India)

I have been working at Akamai full-time for less than a year

Pros1. Great benefits
2. Good Food
3. Good environment

Cons1. Not great job
2. No interest is shown for personal growth

Advice to Senior Management1. Be careful in hiring the employees
2. Treat employees with respect, respect their interests

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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