Akamai Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
271 Reviews
4.0
271 Reviews
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Akamai CEO Tom Leighton
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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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  1.  

    Great Company to work for but with room for significant improvements

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great technology & people, but little work-life balance

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Keeps falling behind

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Low Compensation - Hard to move up

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company and product, poor management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    You 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 ManagementAdvice

    Consider 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stuck in the past

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Started well, ended poorly

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Akamai full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    no 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 ManagementAdvice

    stay innovative and reward the engineers appropriately. stop hiring senior management from dying large companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Akamai

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

    I worked at Akamai full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Volunteer opportunities; work and life balance

    Cons

    office politics; lack of sense of urgency between departments

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    Politics, politics, politics

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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