Limelight Networks Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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Limelight Networks President, CEO & Director Robert Lento
Robert Lento
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Pros
  • Free food, free drinks, looks good on a resume (in 16 reviews)

  • There were some great people to work with (in 9 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. So close

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Limelight has many ways for a talented employee to grow, with internal advancement a common theme for the best contributors. They have long been an important part of the CDN ecosystem. However...

    Cons

    Multiple poor to bad acquisitions and an all over the place focus of the company have hurt the brand and the company moral.

    Advice to Management

    The current executive staff has done a better job recently trying to focus on the key areas of their business and may in time be able to regain a spot among the top CDN's in the business if they keep that focus


  2. Helpful (1)

    Think clearly about why you want to be here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent salary perks to newcomers but once hired you play the percentages game, so be forewarned and aim high on your initial offer. Good core group of people.

    Cons

    Training or lack there of; a lot of tribal knowledge which makes you learn from others quickly, when they are willing to share info. Once hired, after a few years, people will be hired on at higher salary rates than you and do less work as they learn. You will never be matched with their salaries, so don't hope Unreal expectations to be met

    Advice to Management

    Embrace those people who are loyal to your cause; they are there for a reason Look at the whole scope of what's going on, some are completely oblivious as to what is transpiring under their nose.


  3. Potential & people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time

    Pros

    The people and their passion to be winners with a good, differentiated technology story

    Cons

    Lack of vision and how to evaluate leadership. Previous senior management was inept or irresponsible in understanding the chemistry of leadership from senior down to mid-level management. Most VPs were incompetent and got their position by knowing someone not something of value. Most of since left w/a few holdovers, some of which are still hanging on w/o value, but it is what it is.

    Advice to Management

    Past management: They took the money and ran. Current management: stay the course, be innovative to create more value, keep listening to customers and partner with them.


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  5. Decent Place to Work.

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    Former Employee - Tier III Support Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Tier III Support Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Don't let all your good people leave.


  6. Helpful (1)

    A startup that has not grown up...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Challenged but we'll-intentioned acquirer

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    Former Employee - Vice President, Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President, Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Constant Business & Organizational Changes

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Good people, poor execution and strategy

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    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Sell company


  10. The strength is with middle management and the employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. LLNW

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Sell Sell Sell!



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