Limelight Networks

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Limelight Networks Reviews

Updated Jul 13, 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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    Challenged but we'll-intentioned acquirer

    Vice President, Engineering (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementBe 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.

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

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    Constant Business & Organizational Changes

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people, poor execution and strategy

    Director of Sales (Former Employee) Phoenix, AZ

    ProsDynamic environment, ability to chart path

    ConsWeak executives, lack of focus, and poor execution

    Advice to Senior ManagementSell 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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    The strength is with middle management and the employees.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsUpper 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 Senior ManagementYour 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    LLNW

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsHigh leadership turnover, inconsistent strategy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSell Sell Sell!

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

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    Good stop, but not necessarily a career

    Solutions Engineer (Current Employee) Tempe, AZ

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsCasual 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 Senior ManagementAs 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A good company with fixable problems

    Sales (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsAt 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.

    ConsAt 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 Senior ManagementFocus 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun place to work, love hate relationship, emotionally draining

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Tempe, AZ

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

    ConsSales 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 Senior ManagementPay 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!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Tempe, AZ

    ProsFree 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 Senior ManagementAs 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).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sales Engineer

    Sales Engineer (Former Employee) Apac (Uganda)

    ProsGood salary, fair management, work-liffe balance

    Conscompetitions with local service providers

    Advice to Senior Managementconsider local office management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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