Limelight Networks Reviews

Updated July 11, 2014
Updated July 11, 2014
128 Reviews

2.9
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Limelight Networks President, CEO & Director Robert Lento
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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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Welcome to Convergys 2.0!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Limelight Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    As with most jobs, the people make it enjoyable. Flexible hours and the company deli are also a nice perks.

    Cons

    Welcome to Convergys 2.0! Did you used to work at Convergys and are currently unemployed? Well don't worry, even if you are grossly unqualified for the job, Limelight Networks has a Director, VP or C-level position waiting for you! It is disgusting how the new regime is so blatantly bringing in their pals to fill positions that should be filled by local qualified individuals or better yet, promote from within..Cronyism at it's best. The new motto is "Spend it like it's your's". Apparently this means hire all manager and above level employees from outside of AZ and require them to travel to Tempe on a weekly basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a good thing going here, don't let your greed and Cronyism mess this up. Hire local talent and promote from within. You have to stop hiring unqualified people, especially Convergys employees. Your lack of honesty is transparent. Don't give up on your employees and this once wonderful company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a lot of direction

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    Current Employee - Advanced Services Architect  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Advanced Services Architect in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Limelight Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very casual environment. Feel free to drink at your desk or take a San Francisco "smoke break"

    Cons

    Low pay along with a company that has consistent failed acquisitions. We've lost more money buying bad companies and then selling them a year or two later than most companies strive to make.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people a living wage and diversify the business. CDN is not sustainable because all it takes is your dumbest competitor to lower their prices and all of a sudden your margin is shot when you try to compete.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fast paced technically challenging

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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 Limelight Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Huge demand for what limelight provides customers
    This is "The Cloud" - developing products here are what enables others to develop in the cloud
    Reasonably competitive salary

    Cons

    Old school mentality, current sr. management has never developed for Cloud or SaaS distribution
    Very tight on Stock (RSUs) for key employees, C-level grants way out of whack
    Sales function is not performing to plan, too many new sales people that don't know what they are selling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive a culture more like Amazon or Netflix or Google, reward the behavior you want emulated
    An under-resourced development function can never catch up so either add resources or change strategy
    Either be in the SaaS business to win or get out of it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Stay away

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Limelight Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    free food, nothing more though

    Cons

    Poorly managed, They keep bringing in management from the east coast that really has no idea about how or what we do. They just hired a new Director of IT. His first move? Cancel all the promotions that were due this month. Nice job. I am actively seeking employment elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring people from other places that are never here in the office. You cannot run a company by remote control. Now I have to take time from my already busy day to write status reports every other day for a manager that is not here to actually see what we are doing. You are continually trying to get us to vote you as "best employer" in the Phoenix valley without doing anything to earn that title. It's kind of sad actually. Good luck with that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good tech, bad management

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great working conditions and pay

    Cons

    unorganized, employment fluctuation, constant reorgs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually talk to your employees and manage them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just look at the stock.

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    Current Employee - Account Representative  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Representative in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Limelight Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Eliminated a majority of it's executive leadership. Hired a new series of leaders, none of which, stem from any successful or known, or even silicon valley / Seattle based, powerhouse of companies (Salesforce, Oracle, Microsoft, Google, anyone)? However, they are smooth talkers and has employees as bay.

    Cons

    Leadership:
    Stop the talking and show more action. Talk to me when you have some major wins on your belt. Maybe I'll use the stock price as an indicator. Your BOD will agree, despite you saying otherwise.

    Attrition:
    Many of its top sales performers have voluntarily and involuntarily departed from the company in 2013. Several factors attribute to negative attrition: (bad) management, negative change in compensation structure, poor product performance.

    Compensation:
    I've been in organizations where giving an honest salary based on other relevant titles in the industry is the right thing to do. I was given a low-balled but accepted (my mistake there I acknowledge). However, my first several years and sales metrics were outstanding. Unfortunately, neither compensation or promotion was in the works for me.

    Uncontrollable / Performance of Product:
    The nature of CDN is extremely volatile (engineers will beg to differ but hang on I have a point). One blurp in the CDN (whether our fault or the customers), a company can completely switch at the whim. In some cases, customers are sometimes acquired and or go out of business. Its a dynamic space, where as a sales person, such changes should be recognized. Unfortunately, if the performance of a product/service is not up to par and the client drops usage, your sales quarter and compensation can suffer. Sales quotas aren't readjusted mid year. At one point, I was a top performer with one of the highest revenue generating accounts in the company, but yet I was not being paid my individual bonus.

    Sinking Culture:
    When your top performers are migrating away in bulk, someones bound to notice. In fact, it makes a tremendous effect on the existing employee temperament. I'm not seeing the current employees replaced as quickly as they are losing them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BOD and Stock Holders: Try hiring a proven executive from a successful tech powerhouse.

    Sales Managers: If your top performers are eating flank steak, upgrade them to the filet mignon. (Take care of your best employees).

    CDN Performance: Seriously, get your product(s) under control and performance up to par (like 99.9% uptime guarantee par).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A long way to go

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The technology is definitely unique, and they touch a lot of different tech--there's the core CDN business, the video infrastructure, the plugin video player, the Content Management System for websites, and cloud storage. You'll get an education as to how things run and technical hands-on that will be hard to beat. There's a casual work environment and a casual feel, decent camaraderie on at least a few teams. Free deli with snacks and a few other perks. Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Lack of direction from C-level, lack of insight into trends. Most of the technology is overloaded and/or failing. They're just now introducing and working on updates and expansion the competition rolled out 2-3 years ago. Losses in business are consistent with this model (last year was 25 million on 171 revenue, how is this possible for a 12 year-old company?), stock price has been in the toilet for a very long time, and we're constantly losing key employees at an alarming rate. Most of who's left is either motivated by greed (i.e. Sales people who don't want to lose their recurring commissions), or inertia, as most of our tech is so homegrown that it doesn't translate even to the competitors in terms of structure and execution. They also lose people constantly because they lowball salary--20-35% below market value is not uncommon. There's a constant, palpable stress because every department is undermanned and thus 2am phone calls are not uncommon. And, again, I point to failure rate of tech being at an unacceptable level and percentage. Limelight is constantly on the verge of losing a few very large clients and if they lose those, the business will be crippled dramatically, possibly even fatally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about some actual job training? After a year, I'm still not entirely sure how to do a fair bit of my job functions, and have received minimal to no training. Documentation is either non-existent or impossible to find, leadership is occupied putting out fires they shouldn't even have to touch, and your employees feel disengaged and not very valued. Some free food and occasional beer on the house isn't going to fix that problem. Invest in your employees and invest in your tech, please, because you're being crushed by the competition in every business you touch. Buying more startups isn't the answer, improving your offerings so that customers come and stay is. And it really wouldn't hurt to promote from within a bit more instead of constantly bringing in from the outside

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Meh

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    Former Employee - Engineering  in  Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineering in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The Limelight culture is great, the work environment is fun and casual.
    The deli is a nice.
    Location is good.
    Pretty good benefits, stock options aside.

    Cons

    There seemed to be a lot of confusion over team responsibility and empowerment to do something about glaring issues.
    Innovation no longer appears to be the focus of the company.
    Compensation is bad.
    Bad stock options.
    Management seems confused about the direction the company needs to go.
    No worthwhile bonuses to speak of when it comes to engineering.
    Company seems to be more focused on sales than anything else. Give bonuses to the people who create and support things for the sales people to sell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on employee compensation.
    Communicate your vision of the future to employees and commit to it.
    Return to the idea that Limelight is a company that innovates, not a company that implements other peoples' ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unfortunately...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time

    Pros

    Some obvious pros are the free or almost free health insurance coverage, as well as the free deli. You can wear pretty much anything to work. The atmosphere is very relaxed in that sense. A lot of the schedules are flexible, which is nice also.
    New upper management is making efforts to get this place on track.
    There are very smart, very talented people I truly respect, working here.

    Cons

    How much time do you have?

    The people that actually work are seriously overworked. The stress is ridiculous! Brick walls to change at every turn. Good people are leaving because they're burned out, because they were not rewarded for everything they're doing.
    No bonuses.
    Initiating projects and improvements are not recognized as anything but "meeting expectations".
    No room for advancement.
    Taking initiative gets a "that's not your job" from your boss.
    No tuition reimbursement or opportunities to "grow out" of your position. No additional training or growth once you're on the job. It's up to you and your wallet to make that happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can have as many beer socials as you want. Unless you start rewarding your employees with promotions or money for their hard work, they'll continue to leave.
    Some serious evaluation of the management staff is in order. Staff is suffering!!

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't waste your time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time

    Pros

    Cutting-edge products, flexible schedule, causal work environment.

    Cons

    Low wage, difficult coworkers, office politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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