Akamai

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Akamai Reviews

Updated Jun 12, 2014
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4.0 251 reviews

97% Approve of the CEO

Akamai CEO Tom Leighton

Tom Leighton

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

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsPay, 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work with super technology and amazing people

    Senior Director (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsExcellent benefits
    excellent co-workers
    leading edge technology

    ConsThe bar is set very high

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good work at a strong company

    Principal Software Engineer (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsInteresting 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.

    ConsLots 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 Senior Managementbite the bullet and let some of these old systems go.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Principal Software Engineer (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementInvest 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

     

    Intellectual honesty. Enablement to get cool things done.

    Engineering Director (Current Employee)

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

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

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    Fast-paced

    Solutions Engineer (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsGrowing company
    Amazing unlimited vacation policy
    Great people, smart, enthusiastic, energetic

    ConsGrowing company .... growing pains
    Workload gets very busy at times

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue hiring

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    Join if you want to be on the forefront of changing how people interact with the internet.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsFast paced, global, absolutely cutting edge technology. Company is growing like crazy.

    ConsWork/life balance is impossible. Impossible to say "no"; expectation is to just keep layering more work on with no end in site. Immature executives in the VP level, everyone escalates right to the top.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust the middle management/executive team to make the right decisions. Please stop the escalations if you don't like the answer. Tiring and does not embody that we hold people accountable to make the right decisions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Flexible work options and smart people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsWork from home (Akamai Anywhere)
    Time off program (no set number of vacation days, just get it approved by your manager)
    Overall a smart work force with interesting projects
    Pretty good benefits

    ConsCareer path is not always clear
    Generally they'll pay you as little as you can, need to be aggressive about pay bumps.
    Benefits are alright, but some other high tech companies in the area are definitely better

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Technical Project Manager (Current Employee) San Mateo, CA

    ProsFlexible hours, unlimited annual leave, good salary and benefits, lots to learn, helpful coworkers

    ConsWork overload, work/life imbalance, location

    Advice to Senior ManagementIntermediate manager should visit teammates regularly to keep close and good relationship

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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