Limelight Networks

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Limelight Networks Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
138 Reviews
2.8
138 Reviews
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Limelight Networks President, CEO & Director Robert Lento
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free Food Casual Environment Super Awesome people and Culture (in 16 reviews)

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


Cons
  • They just haven't run into what essentially amounts to the BS of upper management yet (in 10 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.  

    Decent Place to Work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tier III Support Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Tier III Support Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The people are great and hard working in a competitive environment. schedule and time off is flexible.

    Cons

    Leadership can be slow to apply appropriate guidance at times. Compensation is low compared to companies based in the bay area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let all your good people leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A startup that has not grown up...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Laid back, free deli, open PTO policy and some great people to work with. There are a lot of games like pool, ping pong, darts and shuffleboard to get your mind off work for a bit. Given the right conditions, there is a lot of opportunity to make good changes happen there.

    Cons

    Lack of accountability, direction and unity. Projects make it to 80%, then the next shiny object seen is the new focus. Fire drills overrule quality and doing it right the first time. The startup mentality of just get it done and make it work, needs to change. The salary isn't bad, but usually not up to industry. Most people have to leave in order to get a decent raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the direction set and advertised. Promote communication between organizations as a lot of people are duplicating work and don't know the direction of other organizations. Do more employee appreciation events and compensate you employees that produce. A company wide bonus structure would be a good morale and retention strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Challenged but we'll-intentioned acquirer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President, Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President, Engineering in San Francisco, CA

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

    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
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  5.  

    Constant Business & Organizational Changes

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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
  6.  

    Good people, poor execution and strategy

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

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

    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
  7.  

    The strength is with middle management and the employees.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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
  8.  

    LLNW

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

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time

    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good stop, but not necessarily a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Limelight Networks full-time (less than an year)

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good company with fixable problems

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Limelight Networks full-time (more than an year)

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun place to work, love hate relationship, emotionally draining

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ

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

    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

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