Akamai Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
278 Reviews
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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 14 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Did not work out for me, but a good company to work for.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solutions Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Solutions Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    They have a lot of talented people there. Good teamwork. The management in my area was great. Great technology. Strong company values.

    Cons

    Because they are a rapidly expanding company that is fairly young, they lack adequate procedures for some basic processes. Internal tools are also lacking in some areas. They have extensive training for new employees, however a fair amount of it is antiquated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Excellent culture! Employees seem to love working there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing place, amazing people, excellent work-professional life balance

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    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, unlimited time off policy, compensation

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities in the internal support organizations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company in an expanding market

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akamai

    Pros

    Good place to work at. It is in a good market. Lot of interesting projects.

    Cons

    Clear market leader. Needs to keep investing in products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in products

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Smart, creative environment with a heavy academic influence -- great place to be an engineer

    Cons

    Open vacation policy sounds great but is rarely practiced by employees, many of whom seem overworked -- it's up to the individual to take advantage of vacations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good to Great is not a useful book, at the time they were providing copies to every employee -- I'm not sure this was helpful and their lagging stock price and lack of "great" growth showed that this was not the best approach.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company and culture but poor communication and direction from many senior leaders

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

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, work/life balance, and great culture with lots of potential in their space. Very innovative technology and strong academic roots still a part of the place.

    Cons

    Many senior leaders have been there forever and seems to be a good old boy network even though they have hired many external outsiders. There is also a lack of succession planning and career management in many areas still so you hit the ceiling on learning quickly with nowhere to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing but switch up some of the long timers in the management team to shake the place up a bit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work with super technology and amazing people

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

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits
    excellent co-workers
    leading edge technology

    Cons

    The bar is set very high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work at a strong company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Interesting technical work at a healthy relevant company in the middle of the Internet. Management seems to be pointed in the right direction. Flexible work hours, time off and telecommute.

    Cons

    Lots of legacy code, challenging to learn as documentation is often poor. Change comes slow relative to a smaller company, as there is a fear something will break

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bite the bullet and let some of these old systems go.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 10 people found this helpful  

    More Like a Confederation of Many Smaller Companies Than a $1 Billion+ Internet Giant

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

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

    Pros

    The company is loaded with smart people. It's challenging and exciting to work in an environment where the *internship* candidates are working on their second Ph.D.'s!

    Working at Akamai sometimes feels like working "backstage at The Internet," as we watch terabytes of data fly around the world. (Marketing claims that we "deliver 30% of the content on the Internet" are conveniently impossible to verify or refute.)

    My view of the company is shaped by the group I work with - largely a set of dedicated, knowledgeable people with deep domain expertise and a willingness to share whatever they can in terms of time, knowledge, and tips. I work in the Cambridge office.

    Cons

    The company is saturated with antiquated, overlapping and competing systems (how many bug tracking / project management systems do we have? I lost count at five!).

    Efforts are duplicated across the company.

    This year, in announcing our *first* ever recognition of International Women's Day, our founder and CEO said "There's an International Women's Day! Who knew?!" That tells you everything you need to know about the company's dismal track record when it comes to addressing gender imbalances at the engineering, management, and director levels.

    I've met maybe four female software engineers in my 7+ years at Akamai (but it's OK, 2/3 of the accounting and human resources staff are women - just not the department heads). I've encountered one black male software engineer - I hear there may be a few more out there. (But nearly every security guard and mailroom employee and maintenance worker is a person of color, so it's cool, right?). FOUR of the 48 people in executive leadership roles are nonwhite - four men, all of them of South Asian descent. FOUR of the 48 people in executive leadership roles are women, all of them white.

    Beyond the complete lack of diversity among the employees, the company seems to be innovating chiefly through marketing rather than investing in real research and development. Some teams do devote resources to thinking ahead, but this is not a coordinated, company-wide effort. Attempts at major process improvements are inevitably stymied by stubborn and/or backward-looking managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your employees. Invest more in research. Blow up the customer portal and start from scratch. Start developing *real* replacements for mission-critical legacy systems which I was told were considered obsolete when I was hired more than seven years ago! Stop hiring senior managers and executives from fading, aging tech companies like Cisco. See if you can find a few talented women and a few people of color to fill senior management, engineering, and sales roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akamai full-time

    Pros

    Well respected company, amazing technologies, great company culture that is full of incredibly smart people!

    Cons

    Product packaging to internal resources who work on the field is lacking. Product packaging for customers is also lacking.

  11.  

    Intellectual honesty. Enablement to get cool things done.

    Current Employee - Engineering Director
    Current Employee - Engineering Director

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

    Pros

    Great smart people, great products, huge market opportunity. Tons of opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Some bureaucracy and growing pains that the company is dealing with reasonably well.

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