Akamai

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Akamai Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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4.0 253 reviews

97% Approve of the CEO

Akamai CEO Tom Leighton

Tom Leighton

(113 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance,Best salary as compared to other companies,lots of perks, (in 19 reviews)

  • Extremely smart people, engineers, product marketing and executive leadership (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is impossible (in 13 reviews)

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

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    Low Compensation - Hard to move up

    Network Engineer (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsSetting own schedule. Working from home

    ConsHard to move up. No incentive. Management doesn't know what the hell is going on most of the time. Low pay.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Great company and product, poor management

    Major Account Executive (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsExtremely smart people, engineers, product marketing and executive leadership. Akamai continues to evolve and offer valuable solutions for their customers, most notably their security offerings.

    ConsManagement (upper and middle) has a disconnected communication model and middle management simply reacts to upper management. This creates an on-going frenzy from management as opposed to leadership and bigger picture thinking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't simply react to demands from upper management. Work with your team(s) to create realistic goals and understand business patterns.

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

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Good place to get experience and move on, but not to stay long term

    Engagement Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsSmart technically saavy employees, Fast paced environment, vast amounts of technology learning opportunities (web performance, security, internet)

    ConsYou are worked like a dog, talented workers are overlooked, corporate politics becoming more prevalent, good managers are hard to find, too much focus on meeting wall street numbers instead of customers needs, career growth opportunities are limited

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider adopting a more progressive company culture rather than move to become the next IBM. Listen to your employees more often. Managers should be evaluated by not only their peers and supervisors, but their reports as well (bottom up feedback). Create a culture where employees feel safe to take chances, be creative and innovate.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Stuck in the past

    Principal Software Engineer (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsPeople are really nice. A modest amount of effort is made to have some fun. Some attention is made to quality. So far they've been generous.

    ConsSilo managed. Each group works in its own silo separate from other groups. Deep management structure aggravates the situation. We have more managers than a company 10 times our size. People who work on the same section of code may not share a common manager until the top executive VP six levels up. New technology comes in through acquisition rather than research. Definite lack of diversity. Few blacks and few woman in development.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut out the middle management. Flatten the management structure. Invest in research. The same people working on the product and working with customers know what needs to be done, so set aside some of their time to do research. Allow us to create our own personal workspaces. Adopt some modern SDLC.

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

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    Started well, ended poorly

    Principal Software Engineer (Former Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsGreat co-workers, nice office space, flexibility (i.e. working from home)

    Consno perks, stingy pay scale, upper management loaded with failed cast offs from larger companies who are turning akamai into another bloated tech company.

    Advice to Senior Managementstay innovative and reward the engineers appropriately. stop hiring senior management from dying large companies.

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

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    Akamai

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsVolunteer opportunities; work and life balance

    Consoffice politics; lack of sense of urgency between departments

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Politics, politics, politics

    Senior SQA Engineer (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsAwesome benefits and compensation. Lots of smart talented people to work with. If you can cope with chaos and survive in an environment where every little piece of domain knowledge is something that you will have to dig out of the cold, hard frozen ground, you can be happy here. It is possible to learn a lot of new skills, depending on your situation.

    I personally feel that I have grown by leaps and bounds in terms of my software automation knowledge even though my projects are constantly cancelled at the whims of capricious management decisions from people who never even talk to me personally or even look at the work I have done. Despite this, I feel confident in calling myself a Selenium expert after just 14 months of working here and I started with no Selenium experience whatsoever. I also have grown in my Java skills by leaps and bounds. I have gained valuable, solid OO development experience as an automation developer that I have not been able to get anywhere else.

    ConsThe company relies too much on antiquated tools and technologies and WAAAAAY too much on homegrown tools when there are more modern, better designed, often open-source options out there. There is no consistent tool chain in place for basic things like: bug tracking, source code management, build management, project management, test case management and release management.

    The SQA process here is nothing like the industry standard best practices that you would find in another company of this size. In fact, I don't think that management really even understands what SQA is or should be. Requirements development and documentation is a joke. Requirements are often not clearly documented anywhere nor is there any standard process for formulating them and communicating them to development teams and testing teams. Trying to find out how to do basic things is a nightmare. Lots of people will tell you, 'It's on the wiki.' The 'wiki' is a rat's nest of outdated, half-written broken pages where there is occasionally a nugget of useful information, but you will be forced to take a long and frustrating journey through nuggets of incorrect information before you find it.

    Don't get me started on the test environment systems. Okay, do get me started. Test environments are a mess. People are forced to share a few systems where there is incomplete oversight regarding what is or is not actually installed on them. It is not unusual for people to step all over each others' toes trying to test out something because of the lack of communication between various parties using the systems. The architectural limitations that are baked into the products makes the challenge of spinning up a cleanly separated test system for anyone who needs one impossible and there seems to be no impetus to fix it even though countless hours of productivity go down the drain because we don't have this ability.

    There is a consensus that there is something 'broken' about the SDLC process and the tool chain, but effecting change for the better seems almost impossible because it doesn't appear that anyone with any authority to make change happen even understands what the problem is or how to hire people who can figure it out. People who try run into a wall of politics that would make the Great Wall of China look like a pile of paper mache after a monsoon.

    This company operates as if each separate team were a start-up company where people are just free to do whatever they want. There is a culture that is openly and actively hostile to the idea of submitting to standards and practices they didn't pick themselves. To be fair, it is not uncommon that someone trying to impose a 'standard' is trying to make people do something stupid and ineffective because they don't have the technical understanding that is necessary to pick a good one. So, even though we need some standards rather than our current cowboy wild west way of doing things, there is a history here that justifies hostility and suspicion regarding anyone who tries to impose one. With the eagerness of a small child on Christmas Eve, I await the day that the right set of people with the right personalities and skills are able to surmount this situation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou really need to make building a consistent SDLC process based on industry standard best practices and designing a productive, modern tool chain C-suite priorities. The CTO should be all over the problem of enforcing a consistent standard tool chain and process for all the stages of software development and release. And the SQA situation needs a czar level authority who understands exactly what SQA is and how to build it because, at the moment, it is a hot mess and no one seems to understand why SQA is important and how to make it good here.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    average

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    Prosflexible hours, unlimited time off, long vacations, weekly tech talks, good salary and benefits

    Consdated technology, not the most exciting projects

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Could use some improvement

    Performance Engineer (Former Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsLocation. Not great, but good benefits. Flexible schedule.

    ConsToo much politics. Immature management staff; promoted based on tenure and not necessarily direct or true experience. Silly tchotchkeys. Poor hiring talent. Awful, actually.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop enforcing strict quotas on hiring and hire better qualified professionals who don't require the level of on-boarding the company is trying to achieve. This is OK for interns, but seasoned professionals? Less politics, more accountability.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's nice

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood place to work. Engineering is full of great talent and great people.

    ConsReally not much here. ParaTechnical roles such as product architects may slow things down and do make bad decisions often.

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