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Limelight Networks Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2014
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3.2 124 reviews

38% Approve of the CEO

Limelight Networks President, CEO & Director Robert Lento

Robert Lento

(24 ratings)

56% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The Limelight culture is great, the work environment is fun and casual(in 16 reviews)

  • Great perks, including free food, games, and a very casual work environment(in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • They just haven't run into what essentially amounts to the BS of upper management yet(in 9 reviews)

  • Sales function is not performing to plan, too many new sales people that don't know what they are selling(in 5 reviews)

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    Veni, Vidi, Vici (and then I left)

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Tempe, AZ

    ProsFast paced, innovation and technology driven (on the surface)

    This place has so much potential and it would be nice to see it get there when it finds the right leadership

    ConsNo matter what position / role you are in if Executive is not in your title your input is not welcomed and/or valued. Open door policies are irrelevant...this place thrives on NEPOTISM. You want opportunity? Talk to the nearest VP and see if he needs his lawn mowed. If you do a good job they'll put you on the super secret bonus plan. Good luck with that since they haven't turned a profit in a long while.

    I waited a few years before posting my comments, waiting and hoping. I watched the new leadership team come in and I've seen no potential for change. I've seen the stock continue on a downward trend and listened to the leadership provide no real response to the industry analysts.

    Why can't they turn the corner already? Because each department is it's only Empire State building with an Executive ape sitting on top...ruling by fear and intimidation and slingin' poo at every that comes close to his domain. Yes, I said "HIS"...don't expect to find women on the leadership team.

    To add to the comments about marketing influencing the number of positive ratings...just go back through the old ones and you'll spot the patterns.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI got nothing...and it wouldn't matter anyway

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's the people not management.

    Support Engineer (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsSome of the best people keep this company afloat

    ConsSerious lack of management is an understatement. No regard for the employees or how they are treated or cast aside in department mergers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a clue on how to run a company and treat the people you employ.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Once had great promise

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Tempe, AZ

    ProsThere were some great people to work with. (but most have left, with a few exceptions) Intelligent, friendly and hard working. There was interesting and compelling work at one point. A real opportunity to leap frog the competition.

    ConsCut throat competitive engineering culture. Shadow development efforts were frequent and often times it was who you knew versus how good the actual solution was. As a result, new products were often times non-starters or shipped way too early in their cycle as they were often great technical demos but not anywhere near ready for production. Took a very long time for various competing teams to learn how to trust each other and work together.

    The frat-house beer parties on the operations side of the house gets old quickly. They are VERY lucky no one has had a DUI leaving work as of yet.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFix your product management - its a complete mess and as a result costing you customers and placement in the market. Your competition is leaving you in the dust in all areas and a lot of your key/top tier engineers have left the company in disgust with NO attempt to retain them. Remember also - this company started in Tempe and it would appear that you feel that the Phoenix area is second rate in terms of engineering talent. Clearly there was enough talent to start the company here - and there is more than enough to sustain it if you would dedicate yourself to the area.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    iiiirrr

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Pros- A paycheck
    - Flexible hours
    - Decent technology stack

    Cons- Weird management
    - Nobody is clear about where they work, and what they are working for
    - Most people are old timers, and hence sticking on
    - Unable to hire top talent for a very long time
    - Operates more like a struggling government, than a 2013 technology company

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou can't pull of miracles, but while you're trying, at least respect and foster growth in employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Some smart people (left), but morons in aggregate

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Tempe, AZ

    ProsNone that I can think of. Even the deli that everyone mentions was created to keep employees in the building and working more hours.

    One Pro actually. They company was able to fight off Akamai on their 703 patent somehow.

    ConsWhere do I begin? I'll mostly discuss macro level problems at the company, peppered with some fun anecdotes.

    It's clear that top management is out to do one thing, and one thing only. Line their pockets. How on earth CxOs make millions of dollars a year in total comp at a company that never made more than 200m/yr and that hasn't made a profit in a single quarter since it went public is beyond me. In the last year, one group of crooks have been replaced with another group of crooks. Insanity anyone?

    There has not been any innovation at the company since just after the company went public, which is obvious by the lack of growth in a booming industry. While there was some good growth the first few years, it's clear that the company has just been running on the fumes that the pre-IPO team set in motion.

    Management thinks they're the only ones capable of making a decision. They look down on the rank and file employees as "ants". Anyone other than a "yes" man is ostracized and marginalized for "not being a team player". Even VP level management aren't held responsible for budgeting or accountable for their spending. Speaking of lack of accountability, I once caught a VP in a lie. After continuing to lie for a while longer, that person finally broke down and said to me, "OK, I lied. What are you going to do about it?"

    There is no work/life balance at all. I once got chewed out for not responding to an email that came in at 10pm. What did HR have to say about that? "Well, you are a salary employee". If you're not putting in 50-60 hour weeks because of the lack of proper staffing, you are not seen as pulling your weight.

    Backstabbing among peers is not only not frowned upon, it appears that it is encouraged. It's survival of the fittest at the company, and the better your play the office politics game, the better off you'll be. It's sickening.

    There is no career advancement at the company. You have to be hired in to the level you will quit the company at. No amount of work you do will ever get you anything more than a meaningless promotion (congrats, you're now a senior manager) that comes with no added compensation.

    The company is so disorganized that if you asked five people how something needs to be done, you will get five different answers. There is no documentation on how anything is supposed to happen. Every time anything breaks, there needs to be a "hero" that steps in to save the day. That is not sustainable.

    If you decide to leave the company (which is a great idea btw), don't bother giving the company notice. They will just walk you out the door the day that they receive your resignation letter. Notice that most of the good reviews on this website are from people that have not been at the company for very long. They just haven't run into what essentially amounts to the BS of upper management yet.

    Here is the executive summary of the company. Shoddy products with an unhappy, shrinking customer base that only comes to the company to compete for lower price. Awful, self serving management. They are irrelevant in the market, they just don't know it yet.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis goes to Goldman Sachs, who can be said to be the real management of the company. Sell the company to someone that can actually run a company already and cut your losses.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    How not to run a company

    Sales Engineer (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsExposure to digital media industry

    ConsCOO is weak. Claims to be the smartest guy in the room and may very well be. Problem is, he doesn't know how to run a business and manages thru intimidation. It took him over 6 months before he started paying attention to revenues - seriously. Product management leadership is also horrendous. Went from having the worst product management leadership I have ever seen to another one that is just as bad; just different.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat people with respect

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sinking Ship, grab your flotation devices

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Tempe, AZ

    ProsGreat people, free snacks, bar below the building

    ConsHorrible upper management, no career paths for anyone, upper management only cares about themselves.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplace one corrupt group of upper idiots with another. Maybe someday the CEO and SVP would actually live in the same city where the company is based.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    You can tell the Marketing team have been active again on here!

    Account Manager (Current Employee) Tempe, AZ

    ProsIf you want an easy life, easy hours, regular salary then this is a great place, you can pretty much hide in here and get away with what you want.... Free lunch, Free Soda/beer..can wear shorts and flip flops..The trade off is your lack of career chances, bonuses, learning and growing in your chosen profession and getting beaten up by customers everyday...

    ConsClearly if people can't see through the Marketing posts on here - "good to great" Aug 10th (clearly I must be working in the wrong Acct team or that dude is working for another Limelight!!), "Great Company, a lot of opportunity" Apr 2nd, come on, nothing is wrong, can't think of anything..yeah thats because your brain has gone numb!! You only need read Q2 transcripts to know this place is a mess and its not getting any better anytime soon unless we can sell it. Thats the only reason most of the staff are hanging on like me to try and make some money back on the stock!!

    There is a reason there are 60 jobs open right now, over 100 staff have left since the beginning of the year..A company with declining revenues when everyone else in this space like Akamai, Edgecast, Highwinds and Brightcove are growing, kicking ass and raising cash. And as for the SaaS business, well the lack of investment from the $120m left in the bank has limited the growth opportunity and isn't enough to save this place!

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease, please please hurry up and put us out of our misery, if only Tempe had more jobs we'd all move on...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    only held together by heroic efforts of great people on the front lines. If only management lived up to their quality

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPeople in the field and operations are some of the best in the business

    ConsTop-down command and control despite all signs it aint working

    Advice to Senior Managementempower your people to do what is right for the customer and get out of their way

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awful, soul crushing, self esteem destroying place.

    NOC Technician (Former Employee) Tempe, AZ

    ProsFree food, free drinks, looks good on a resume.

    ConsEngineers scream and Curse at NOC Techs, when upper management is notified they are told to grow thicker skin.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave a look a who is running your company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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