Akamai Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. If you get a choice, work in Platform

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

    I worked at Akamai full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    * Superb technology and Platform reach
    * High growing company and great stock/financials
    * Fast moving companies despite its size

    Cons

    * If you get a chance, work in Platform groups. All other organizations are subpar. Platform is simply the best.
    * Red tape is increasing
    * If CEO retires, the company outlook will turn south very quickly

    Advice to Management

    Try to elevate other business units to the level of Platform.

  2. Exciting culture with intelligent people looking to find solutions to complex problems.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people and culture make the company. The technology is very enticing and easy to get excited about. Flexibility to get involved with areas other than your core competency.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work can be a little redundant in terms of daily tasks. Most of the people you will interact with will be helpful, but it is often hard to know the right person to reach without doing a little bit of searching first.

  3. Systems Software Engineer Intern

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    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Akamai

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Work-life balance and great culture

    Cons

    Things get pushed a little till the end of sprint

    Advice to Management

    Should implement lot more fun activities for employee bonding

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  5. Manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Cambridge, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent HR policies
    work flexibility
    performance driven culture

    Cons

    lot of work
    should be always on your toes

  6. Channel

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akamai

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities
    Great group of people
    Very helpful, good tools to help onboard

    Cons

    Need to establish some processes and let go of some others

  7. A very exciting company on the edge of greatness.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Akamai (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great company with fantastic employees and benefits. Some of the best minds in IT work here and are driven to a common goal of making the Internet faster, more reliable, and scalable. Benefits package is very good: unlimited time off, paid maternity/paternity, 1/2 of 8% 401k matching, etc.

    Fun working environment with the primary driving factor being to work hard but have fun.

    Cons

    Company culture dictates that you're "always on", which has an impact on work/life balance. The general expectation is that you will be available if needed for a customer, regardless of holiday / weekend / time off.

    Extremely risk adverse company (with regards to employee terminations) meaning that some employees are not performing and yet remain with company. As it continues to grow this becomes more of a challenge as the company is losing it's "Akamai DNA" and the new hires don't have that same drive.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful as you grow. Akamai was rebuilt from a core of true Akamaites who genuinely love the company, but as you grow the influence of that core is diminished. Focus on employee retention and happiness more than sheer growth.

  8. Great company - good people & benefits

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Benefits - excellent health insurance, stock options, great office location in Kendall Sq.
    People - smart and
    Work life balance - respect time with family, People work hard but also have a life outside of Akamai

    Cons

    If you leave the company, you won't be paid out for any vacation since it's an "unlimited vacation policy" so make sure to take vacation regularly. Also since managers need to approve your timeoff, it sometimes can be challenging to take vacation if you have a difficult manager.

    Advice to Management

    eliminate the unlimited vacation policy

  9. System Software Engineer Coop

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    Current Employee - Software Systems Engineer Coop in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Systems Engineer Coop in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Akamai

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

    Pros

    Good learning experience with Akamai Technologies

    Cons

    Not much exposure since i worked for 8 months

    Advice to Management

    Cool

  10. Strategic Account Exec

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Strategic Sales Executive in San Francisco, NM
    Former Employee - Strategic Sales Executive in San Francisco, NM

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

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

    Pros

    culture is great, loved the people, #1 in industry

    Cons

    east coast based, slow to move on new products/services

    Advice to Management

    move company to west coast

  11. Senior Software Engineer in Test

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Senior Software Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Test Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and awesome work from home policy.

    Cons

    Growth is very slow and laid back culture

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