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

Akamai Reviews

Updated Mar 2, 2014
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97% Approve of the CEO

Akamai CEO Tom Leighton

Tom Leighton

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84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Lost its greatness?

Engineer (Current Employee)

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

ProsUsed to have very competitive and smart people.

ConsUnfortunately almost all the smart folks have left for better opportunities. This place now is run by managers who don't understand technology - worst they don't care about technology. More that half the effort is now expended to keep things running (vs. building new things). If you are planning to be a manager, do it by all means. If you plan to be a developer, you've been warned.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Fine for a few years, bad for a long-term career

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Cambridge, MA

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

Pros- Unlimited (or at least uncapped) vacation time
- Good (but not spectacular) compensation
- Tom Leighton

Cons- The company is run by the old guard, who have formed cliques and jealously guard their information. I've seen several people new to the company become completely overwhelmed and have no help whatsoever.
- No documentation anywhere.
- Lack of focus. It's common for projects to be pushed back, and some get ignored completely.
- Most of the challenges Akamai faces now are business challenges: how to manage sustainable growth, which smaller companies to acquire, and so on. There aren't as many genuinely technical challenges as there are at other companies.
- The people there are in it for the stock, not because of the engineering challenges.
- Very few promotion opportunities.
- Endless office politics.
- Very few women engineers. The ones that are there are generally in positions high enough to avoid the worst parts of the office environment.
- No freebies (soda, lunch, etc.), unlike most tech companies.

Advice to Senior ManagementDecide whether you want to be an agile internet startup or a mature infrastructure provider

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Employees are not valued

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Akamai

ProsThe atmosphere is very relaxed, which helps creativity and communication between the team members. Employees are typically very competent and friendly. The technology behind the company is very unique and interesting.

There are many departments and an employee can develop their skills by switching groups although it might not be very easy.

The education assistance program is a great tool to further develop ones skills.

ConsThe company has a policy of not sponsoring green cards until the last 1-2 years of H1B, despite promising otherwise during hiring. Those who are on H1B, DO think twice about this. This is not just in one department, it's a company wide issue. The management will use this policy as an excuse, which gives an impression that upper management don't value the employees while unnecessarily create uncertainty and frustration for the employees.

There management structure is convoluted with many tiers of mid-level managers and the messages are many times lost along the way. With that, there are also a lot of politics going on which can be frustrating.

Career advancement is not uniform across the many groups of the same department, it VERY much depends on the manager. Perhaps this is true everywhere, but a checklist of skills and contributions would help.

The company is starting to nickel and dime by reducing personal workspace in the new offices, doing away with free sodas and weekly lunch.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe employees are arguably the most important asset of a company, please start valuing them by helping those who need sponsorship just like every other tech company. Please also make sure that the employees can switch between groups to develop their skills and careers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Professional Services

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Akamai full-time

ProsGreat benefits, Flexible work from home

Cons- Poor Leadership- Many managers/directors/VPs are highly inexperienced and have no clue
  how to manage people, grow careers, retain or motivate their teams. Many should NEVER
  have been promoted to the positions they are in.

Advice to Senior Management- Pay close attention to growing careers and providing the right opportunities for your
  employees. Ensure those who get promoted to management positions understand this is a
  KEY responsibility along with ensuring team members are motivated and engaged.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Running on heavy, stale fuel

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Cambridge, MA

I have been working at Akamai full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGood compensation and, if adept at organizational politics, you don't need to work hard or smart.

ConsHigh technology? This is a company which is a founder in a founder-dominated ecosystem, ruthless at eliminating challenges to its dominance. The game is, sell from reputation, touting benefits which cannot be objectively measured, at high prices, and then deliver as little as possible, using QoS measures which are not objective, and, in a pinch, just give refunds. HR has been inconsistently automated and outsourced. There is a strong "old boys network". The gender imbalance is shocked compared to other companies.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou have a dissonance with reality. The "great future" advertised to employees is based upon little investment in R&D and new ideas and, rather, upon marketing savvy and slogans. How is your responsibility to shareholders balanced against high senior executive compensation? Why do you find new employees difficult to attract and retain? It's not about compensation.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Angst driven

Program Manager (Former Employee)
Cambridge, MA

I worked at Akamai full-time for more than 3 years

ProsNice benefits and location. some great people to work with..while most seem to have no problem stabbing people in the back or throwing people under the bus.

Gaslighting is a true art form within Akamai saw this happen to several people before it happen to me.

ConsTerrible work/life balance, only way to keep up is to take computer home and work evening and weekends including vacations.

lack of true opportunities unless part of the good ol boy's club....women not welcome.

Advice to Senior Managementwhy..they dont care and haven't from the start.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A stressful experience

Operations Team (Former Employee)
Cambridge, MA

I worked at Akamai full-time for more than a year

ProsThe main pro is that the company pays well and you are likely to work with very intelligent people. You will learn new skills while you're there.

ConsThe company is having growing pains. Most of the people there are the ones that held on through the dotcom burst. While that makes them very engaged in the success of the company it also make it very clicky... and tough to be a new person. For at tech company they're surprisingly uptight and have a generally tough culture.

Advice to Senior ManagementRelax a bit

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Overall very unfriendly environment. Incompetent first-line managers.

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
San Mateo, CA

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

ProsDepending on your manager, telecommute can be encouraged or frowned upon.

ConsMost of people only keep to themselves. You never know when and who will stab you from behind even just when you think everything is going alright. A lot of managers are extremely short-sighted. They bend forward and take every requirement from Product team and turn them into a CR (change request, just like a bug) without even considering the overall impact to the system and pushing back when necessary. I guess that the manager's performance is evaluated by the no. of CRs they close. That's why they want to open/close as many as possible.

There is hardly any chance for advancement. Unless you're one of the boss's pets, you're pretty much stuck in the same position for many years until either your boss moves up or you can't take it and get moving yourself. Advice for the potential employees: work hard to get the level as high as possible since it'll be very hard to move up once you join.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo an overall audit of the first line managers. Interview employees and understand if there are anything unpleasant with the same boss. When you get consistent answers, you know who the weeds are.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Owned and operated by the J team

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Cambridge, MA

I have been working at Akamai

ProsIts a job.
Depending on which department you are in you can get away with working part time for full time salary.
If you are in the chosen departments money flows like water.
Good benefits and a good work/life balance.

ConsLayoffs(doubled some peoples workload) even when the company has record profits, record revenues, and record amount of customers.
No salary increases even when the company has record profits, record revenues, and record amount of customers.
The J team clearly runs the company with short term financial goals in mind.
An extreme lack of communication between groups, employees and management.
Per usual with most companies a few torch bearers push/pull the rest along.

Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees are the strength of the company as with most companies, actually listen to them, that would be nice. You need to capitalize on the entrepreneur within the employees. Why for heaven's sake would you not have salary increases for the good employees? Seriously, I have worked nights, weekends, etc.. everything you would expect to be rewarded for, but I am told to be thankful I have a job without a salary increase, way to go, now I no longer put the extra effort in and instead I use that effort to find another job. "get the wrong people off the bus"... how about getting the peple who brought the wrong people in off the bus?

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not great for sales roles

Relationship Manager (Former Employee)
Bangalore (India)

I worked at Akamai full-time for less than a year

Prospeople are helpful and technically sound, fairly easy to get to know the culture, opinions and the road ahead

Consno the best practice to allot targets, accounts and territory resulting sometimes in a perennial firefight. no the best training framework

Advice to Senior ManagementInvolve people and have a fair say in who gets allotted what accounts, devise a training framework, and most of all, allow time to settle down.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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