Akamai Reviews

Updated March 9, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Started well, ended poorly

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Akamai full-time (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
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Akamai

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Akamai full-time (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
  3. 9 people found this helpful

    Politics, politics, politics

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    Current Employee - Senior SQA Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior SQA Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (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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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    average

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

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

    Pros

    flexible hours, unlimited time off, long vacations, weekly tech talks, good salary and benefits

    Cons

    dated technology, not the most exciting projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Could use some improvement

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    Former Employee - Performance Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Performance Engineer in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Location. Not great, but good benefits. Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Too much politics. Immature management staff; promoted based on tenure and not necessarily direct or true experience. Silly tchotchkeys. Poor hiring talent. Awful, actually.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop enforcing strict quotas on hiring and hire better qualified professionals who don't require the level of on-boarding the company is trying to achieve. This is OK for interns, but seasoned professionals? Less politics, more accountability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    It's nice

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akamai

    Pros

    good place to work. Engineering is full of great talent and great people.

    Cons

    Really not much here. ParaTechnical roles such as product architects may slow things down and do make bad decisions often.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Mixed thoughts on company culture.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Akamai full-time

    Pros

    The company seems to have a good footprint in the content/web acceleration space. they value everyone's opinion.

    Cons

    Very political for the size of company, takes a longtime to get consensus to move the needle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the very bottom layers of the organization and start the change.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Company is overall doing very good.

    Cons

    portal team is not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful

    Not for entry level engineers

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    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Good people to work with

    Cons

    This is based on my personal experience - others mileage may vary ...

    - support overload of existing production systems - keep firefighting
    - rampant production failures leave little time for personal growth as a software engineer... unless you have come in with a lot of experience from the industry and all this doesn't bother you.
    - too little time to write actual code (unless you are too brilliant and can code up something very quickly)
    - Architect does things on his own terms and overrides tech lead and manager; often times tech lead and manager are as clueless as the new hire. Poor mentoring.
    - Terrible for entry level engineer
    - Too many things to know before feeling productive - whole lot of complexity in products
    - Immigration process is slow for entry level folks (F-1 students moving to H-1B -- take care; clarify about green card immigration process during interview.)
    - Upward mobility not so good, takes 4-5 years to get promoted (since there are only 3 levels for software engineers) no matter how hard you worked; till then keep growing linearly in terms of compensation.
    - Lot of old guard - people store company knowledge in their heads, not sufficient documentation, you can get tired of going and asking for every small thing (even after spending 2 years in the company) -- this should be resolved by better training for new hires.
    - Old legacy systems in place -- need to use more open source.
    - Not as competitive in compensation and perks as other top silicon valley companies.
    - Conservative east coast management - stingy in spending.
    - record profits, record quarters -- but still cut down on perks and bonuses to employees who are main assets.
    - projects are under-staffed. very painful at times even when the shortage of staff affects critical release cycles by a big margin. they do not want to spend!

    I would look at better places in silicon valley to work for if you are a new or a recent grad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Pros/Cons working at Akamai

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akamai

    Pros

    growing company, best in class, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    suffering through growing pains, lots of management changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try keeping managers consistent, so that the employees may reap their benefit.. changing the reporting structure every year causes nothing but pain and anguish

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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