Akamai Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Akamai CEO Tom Leighton
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Pros
  • The work life balance is great and the culture is very welcoming (in 23 reviews)

  • The best part you get to work with smart people every day (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is impossible (in 15 reviews)

  • No clear career progression paths - difficult to move ahead (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Network Engagement Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Network Consultant in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance, relaxed and slow paced job.

    Cons

    Moving up the hierarchy is extremely difficult. Yearly increment is pretty meager and does not motivate to stay in the current jobs. Should have joined the company when they were too small

    Advice to Management

    The higher management is just concerned about their goals and pressure of Wall street. Making sure an employee is working on different tasks asking about his job satisfaction barely takes place. Manager says I cannot do much it depends on senior manager , "Too much of a blame game"


  2. Helpful (3)

    Solid company, but bureacratic

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A very relevant company with a clear vision for its own future. Certain areas of the company lead the world in what they do. If you're interested in networking or security, there is no other place to be.

    Cons

    Communication across the organization is difficult, different parts of the company jockey and compete with each other. Parts of the company not directly related to the core business (CDN, security) sometimes have second-rate people. Not always, but sometimes. If you're interviewing, judge your interviewers as much as they're judging you.

    Advice to Management

    Seek out places where work is being duplicated and bring those groups together to cooperate instead of compete.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Great company, mgmt needs work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Akamai full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great especially in Southern California. Development teams are a good place to learn and solve big problems.

    Cons

    Dated technologies makes it seem like they're way behind. Management needs better training. Agile is not a thing. Some projects seem to go on forever. Accrued vacation. Letting good employees go.

    Advice to Management

    More training. Less top-down style. Bring back accrued vacation.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Smart people, great engineers, poor management otherwise

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akamai

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great products, great engineering team. Stay away from finance.

    Cons

    Outside of engineering, the management is sophomoric. Imagine allowing a strong individual contributor with zero management skill to manage a team of 15 people. And then meet with each one of them every week and encourage each to rat on the others.

    Advice to Management

    Decide what skills a strong manager should possess: Supports and elevates the people who work for her? Understands how to make each person who reports to her stronger at what he or she does? Helps team members acquire higher levels of skill? Move direct reports into more and more autonomous roles? Or do direct reports stay where they are with the same levels of skills indefinitely? Define what you intend by "management." Take a good look at who is succeeding at it. Then make changes.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Company to work for but with room for significant improvements

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have worked at Akamai for 3 years. Its a great company to work for with lots of perks and good amount of benefits. The work life balance is great and the culture is very welcoming. Many exciting opportunities to work with cutting edge technologies and make a difference.

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to come by at Akamai. Managers are not very experienced and a lot of hiring is based on who you know. Although the message is that title's don't matter, they still do.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring and Promotions at Manager's level needs to be reviewed thoroughly and not taken lightly


  7. Helpful (3)

    Great technology & people, but little work-life balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The technology is great. The people are mostly great and smart. Compensation is pretty good and the benefits are nice. People are given a lot of autonomy and ability to do their job as they see fit - for the most part.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to move from one organization to another. Work-life balance is very difficult to achieve and/or maintain - 55+ hours per week is the norm and working remotely is frowned upon. I've experienced a lot of duplicate work, i.e. my management was doing a similar project as me, without letting me know - even though I was informing them of the work I was doing. At the end of the day, I spent many hours doing pointless projects.

    Advice to Management

    As Akamai continues to grow - stay as flat as possible and listen to the individual contributors and first-line managers.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Keeps falling behind

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you like to work hard you can have a great career progression, there is not a lot of competition most of the people are just cruising which makes it easier to shine if you deliver.

    Cons

    It's hard seen the company declining fast, too much politics and lack of execution. We are facing talent exodus to competitor and more relevant companies focusing on online operations.

    Advice to Management

    We need to drive accountability, we can't keep seen top management failing on key initiatives with without behind hold accountable for it. Everyone has a vision but if you can't execute on it then you should not be in a management role.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Low Compensation - Hard to move up

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Akamai full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Setting own schedule. Working from home

    Cons

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


  10. Helpful (4)

    Great company and product, poor management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Major Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Major Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management (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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (6)

    Stuck in the past

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People 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.

    Cons

    Silo 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 Management

    Cut 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.



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