Limelight Networks

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Limelight Networks Reviews

Updated July 13, 2014
Updated July 13, 2014
126 Reviews

2.9
126 Reviews
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Limelight Networks President, CEO & Director Robert Lento
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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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14 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Challenged but we'll-intentioned acquirer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President, Engineering  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President, Engineering in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    The core of llnw is composed of good, smart, well-meaning professionals who are very loyal to the company and their colleagues. Some of the technical staff were, at the time, the best in the specialized world of high-scale cdns.

    Cons

    The team of executives at the time struggled to manage and prioritize the new companies and initiatives they acquired. They failed to differentiate the company in the face of growing commoditization. Some managers were clearly in over their heads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be focused and decisive. Assign a high-level executive to each acquired company. Find and promote top talent from acquired teams. Incentivize mutual success over autonomy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Constant Business & Organizational Changes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Snacks & beverages are provided. 401K company matching, casual office attire, flexibility to work from home as needed.

    Cons

    There has been an extraordinary amount of business & organizational changes with Limelight over the past years with personnel and overall direction of the company from a corporate, product & solution perspective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company as a whole need to figure out the direction of where the company needs to be from a future product & services offering in order to push the company forward.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Good people, poor execution and strategy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Sales  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    Dynamic environment, ability to chart path

    Cons

    Weak executives, lack of focus, and poor execution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    The strength is with middle management and the employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work environment. It's like a startup feeling but a public company. However, recently with new management, it's been less of that new energy and excitement. However, depending on the department and the group you're in, you can have a healthy, happy, and fruitful career.

    Cons

    Upper management seems to be disconnected with the perspective of the employees. Middle management are awesome but often ignored or overlooked by the C-level and VPs. And why do we need so many VPs?

    Salaries are so disproportional. You see very key individuals who make a HUGE difference leave over a small fraction of the upper management salaries. Case in point, if the new CEO totally messes up the company and drops the stock value to 1/3rd of the value when he started (he's halfway there today), AND does nothing else for 3 years, his salary and stock grants averages himself $1M/year. Meanwhile, key engineers are leaving because they're making $10k-$15k under their market rate. Mainly due to them being in a startup and then being acquired by Limelight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your consultants who analyze salaries are perhaps your biggest liability. You rationalize 30% turnover as industry average. it's not. You're losing your TOP 30% of your employees of KEY positions... not across the board.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    LLNW

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Its ok, globally distributed, pretty good network engineering firm.

    Cons

    High leadership turnover, inconsistent strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell Sell Sell!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good stop, but not necessarily a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Tempe, AZ

    Pros

    The people are some of the smartest you will ever meet. The products are cutting edge, and unlike anything else that even the competitors are working on. You'll get a great line item on your resume, fair amount of instant recognition. Great perks, including free food, games, and a very casual work environment.

    Cons

    Casual work environment doesn't counteract the overworked, workaholic, alcoholic (seriously) culture that drives this place. The stress is palpable, and there are a large amount of people who work ridiculous hours because this place is seriously understaffed. The salaries could be better, especially as you get higher up. Lots of office politics and infighting among the leadership, which has led to talented people at all levels leaving for greener pastures. Upward mobility is rather limited and slow-moving. Company has absorbed several start-ups, so culture is very fractured.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As long as office politics, power struggles, ridiculous hours, and a total lack of collaboration prevail, the company is doomed to either stay where it is or sink into more decline. The fact that you are losing talent at an alarming rate should disturb you more than it evidently does.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good company with fixable problems

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    At Limelight there are great people working, committed people. The company delivers some incredibly cutting edge services. Marketing messaging is spot on. Recent leadership changes are beginning to produce results.

    Cons

    At Limelight there are out-dated, moldy processes perpetuating a bloated operation. The bloat gets in the way of delivering a great customer experience. Churn in key roles hampers productivity everywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on building great products, but fewer of them. Shed the bloat. Reboot how customer experience is measured and incentivized. Narrow focus on delivering solutions to sub-markets where you create the most value for the customer. HIre fewer and do it better. Reboot compensation to incent the change agents in the trenches.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun place to work, love hate relationship, emotionally draining

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

    Pros

    Free food, team outings, really fast Internet at your desk, you will learn a lot about Internet technologies.

    Cons

    Sales is a terrible place to be in this company. They have driven out every good person they had either because of lack of pay or lack of respect. I've seen people quit on the spot without having another job simply because they couldn't take it anymore (not the stress of the job, but the stress of their manager). They micro manage. There aren't enough technical resources for the sales people, so they are left to fend of themselves. If you're not in the "IN CROWD" you are OUT. They say they promote from within, but when I tried to get other positions I was denied each time. If you're good at what you do you will be stuck in that position forever. You have to threaten to quit to get a raise. Their pay is way under the industry average. They acquired other companies and brought over their sales people and gave them a "VP" title. giving them huge salaries and stock options, meanwhile those of us who were with the company a long time were never given promotions or raises. They give you a bonus of worthless stock options which need to mature for 4 years before you can sell them. Maybe with the new leadership the company can turn around?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the industry average. Your people are your assets and giving them free lunch and a keg of beer once in awhile doesn't pay their mortgage. Let your inside team telecommute a couple days a week, that goes a long way for moral. The "old boys club" there needs to go! It's starting with Lunsford leaving!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Generally a good working environment, but the company is trying to figure out what it wants to be when it grows up.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Tempe, AZ

    Pros

    Free food/drinks, casual work environment, nice office space, many talented individuals, afforded individual freedom. Good benefits package and competitive compensation (there is an opportunity for RSUs). While the company has much maturing to do, they seem to slowly be making progress in the areas of process improvement and integration of disparate business units.

    Cons

    -The company has many talented individual contributors, but relatively weak leadership. I am surprised that there has been virtually no change in the leadership team in recent years given the financial results of the company.
    -The company seems to be constantly chasing the tail of competitors and redefining itself.
    -Innovation seems to happen despite the focus on day-to-day operations as opposed to having people focused on innovation and research as a primary function.
    -The executive team is rarely seen. On a positive note, they are heard from and do share information on a regular basis. I feel like they are missing a big part of the picture because of the lack of interaction with the 'common folk'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As much as I dislike micromanagers, the senior leadership team should spend more time interacting with individual contributors. How about a few working teams on some hot topic areas or a brown bag lunch with a few departments? I would also like to see the employees have the same rules on compensation as the executives (ex: if executive RSUs partially vest immediately, so should all other employees).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Sales Engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer  in  Apac (Uganda)
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Apac (Uganda)

    Pros

    Good salary, fair management, work-liffe balance

    Cons

    competitions with local service providers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider local office management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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