Akamai Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
286 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work life balance is great and the culture is very welcoming (in 21 reviews)

  • Extremely smart people, engineers, product marketing and executive leadership (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is very difficult to achieve and/or maintain - 55 (in 15 reviews)

  • An extreme lack of communication between groups, employees and management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting challenges, but not all its cracked up to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Akamai full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting areas to work like CDN, Cloud, Security.

    Cons

    Not a big fan of their corporate policy which they invoke at will if they want to get rid of you. Lawyer will shove you out the door, and not let you explain anything. Also the ability to move up is limited, ability to work on private projects is a rare commodity. Their corporate spirit is contrived, pretending to have a start up mentality. Acquisition of companies are sometimes not wise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    UGH

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - NIE in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - NIE in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you do not care about your job and are really good at keeping quiet, this is a great place to melt the years away.

    Cons

    Too many to list, HR issues at every turn. Mid-level managers are of no help to you. Do not ever say a single word about anything or you'll certainly be sorry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR needs a major overhaul.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Doesn't care about employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Good location, nice benefits, good pay.

    Cons

    Management doesn't care and doesn't listen. There is verbal abuse that happens, but no one is willing to speak out because of a culture of fear that has crept in. I left because as a software engineer from MIT I had big ideas and wanted to go somewhere I thought I could make a big impact. Akamai turned out to not be much like they said it would when the aggressively recruited me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house and try again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Very dissatisfying as an engineer. Set me back by a couple of years.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is decent'ish. People are nice to each other. Non-toxic work environment.

    Cons

    Luddites rule the roost at Akamai - the thinking(often times of architects and engineering leaders) is stuck in the 80's and 90's, stubborn and insular. Being one of the earliest movers in what we now think of as the "enterprise cloud"-space, they have let so many opportunities slip by and ceded ground(and are still doing so) to a plethora of "cloud" companies who did not have that advantage. There is no vision or technical leadership to even bridge this gap, let alone break out of this cycle of building and maintaining aging, fragile and inflexible technologies & infrastructure. A lot of time is spent on reinventing the wheel with little to no benefits. I can honestly say that my time at this company was the least productive and that it did not let me grow as an engineer - in fact I feel I regressed quite a bit, being stuck in a very dysfunctional engineering culture. Final observation: I have written and submitted college assignments with more rigor and quality than some of the code that gets shipped out to production at Akamai.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from what is going on outside of Akamai. Inculcate a culture of openness to accepting when you are wrong and of learning from and building upon good/successful ideas. Ditch your old ways of thinking ASAP.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    If you are not an Engineer, this is not a place you will be valued

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Kendall Square is a good location
    Office space has been recently remodeled
    There are a lot of bright employees

    Cons

    Very negative culture
    Poor treatment of most employees
    Support functions are not valued or respected
    Few benefits- no cafeteria, parking, child care, etc.
    Employees are expected to work a crushing amount of hours- there is pride in saying that you worked overnight or every single weekend

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Weak leadership overall

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    Former Employee - Account Services Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Account Services Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Akamai full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Location, easy access to public transportation, near other high-tech companies like Google, Amazon, Microsoft and in the M.I.T. hub.

    Cons

    The management team just seems to rotate into different teams or BUs. Have you ever walked inside Akamai? Gray-haired staff all over the place, and they wonder why they struggle with innovation? The hiring process is a joke. If you know someone, you're in. LinkedIn had a great article about people who talk about the work they can do vs. doing the work --those are the ones who get hired. They just rely on that 20% to do the work while others don't pull their fair share of the weight. If you're in the good ol' boy's network you're golden. You're not promoted on merit, it's on favoritism and politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shape up. Open your eyes. Your talented staff is leaving or have one foot out the door. You can't innovate because when you hire new staff, they aren't coming from the right background to keep you competitive. You have a foothold in the internet space but when no-one is watching the finance budget of all the mediocre new hires and bloated salaries of management that can't take you to the next level, you will sink. I've been there through good and bad times and am now done. Change starts with leadership. Stop encouraging an environment of brown nosers and hold people at all levels accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 17 people found this helpful  

    Run by suits who were born on third base and thought they hit a home run.

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    Former Employee - Solutions Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Solutions Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Akamai

    Pros

    Compensation is adequate. Name recognition is pretty solid in the industry. The knowledge you gain by working and being trained at Akamai is somewhat unique and carries well elsewhere.

    Cons

    The very tragic truth of Akamai is that they lost their "Steve Jobs" or "Jeff Bezos" in the terrorist attacks of 9/11. His name was Danny Lewin and he was the true visionary and heart behind the company. The other co-founder, Tom Leighton, is just a really smart guy (former professor at MIT) who is now only a figurehead.

    Running the company now is a cadre of moderately-effective suits who have some managerial skill, but wouldn't know innovation and leadership if it bit them in the ass. The core technology developed and commercialized by Lewin and Leighton (et al) in the late 90s was/is strong and solves very real problems inherent in the way the Internet was built. The thing is, you could have put a chimpanzee in charge of Akamai with that technology and he'd look like a genius a few years later. There was almost no way to fail.

    And this is where the main cultural problem with Akamai lies: The guys who were given the golden goose think they are badasses when, in reality, they're just average joes.The upper management of the sales structure is a boys' club of undeserving millionaires inwardly insecure about their abilities and therefore manipulative and highly political. Sagan's internal communication always seemed dismissive and even sarcastic, as if talking to the rank-and-file were a chore.

    This culture has trickled down to the bottom and now infects the whole company. Kiss ass and tear others down for a few years? Great, you get a promotion! Work hard and be loyal? Don't kid yourself. Nobody at Akamai cares.

    You see, Akamai has reached the top of its growth curve and is now faced with a double-whammy. (1) The CDN marketplace is becoming more and more commodotized. Telling customers you can provide the 8th "nine" of performance when competitors are at 1/4 of the price is not a winning strategy. And developing ticky-tack add-on products to pad the bottom line will only get you so far. (2) They seem incapable of pivoting into a new growth area. How did that foray into advertising work out? Ooooh, well what about the acquisition of Velocitude? Yikes.

    Why should you believe me? You don't have to. They hired a new president in late 2010 and he left after a year. There are no obvious lights at the end of Akamai's tunnel and he knew it.

    Why does this matter to you, the prospective applicant? Because you'll probably be coming in at the bottom of the ladder and there is NO MOVEMENT anymore. Without growth, there will be no one coming in underneath you and since the promotion opportunities are based on time served, you'll be last in line. If you want a good paycheck, join Akamai. If you want career growth, look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    3 years work-ex in Akamai

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    1. No dress code
    2. People are good
    3. Cafeteria/Food is good

    Cons

    1. No proper promotion. They created some sudo ranks with addition of "2". Like TPM 2. In future they may add further numbers. this means you are not really promoted.
    2. No proper Salary Hike.
    3. Shift Allowance is same from past 4 years and no plans to increase in near future.
    4. If you are working honestly, you will not get promoted or will get hike until you do something "extra"
    5. False promises are made by managers. Some newly added managers have spoiled the entire culture
    6. HR department/Management sux and they treat Indian employess as 3rd world country employees
    7. Work from home is only on papers/rule books.
    8. Only managers travel abroad [multi times an year] to meet the other office employees, not the team members
    9. Salary is less as per market standards
    10. MICROMANAGEMENT all over [specially in professional services team].

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not take your employees for granted. honor the employees and give proper rewards/respect. People have now started to leave Akamai and it will increase to high level very soon if you do not take it seriously.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akamai

    Pros

    work from home is good

    Cons

    bad salary and bad work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase salary

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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