Akamai

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Akamai Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
333 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Awesome work-life balance, and the people here are wonderful - nice people with families (in 23 reviews)

  • Academic environment full of smart people with a lot to offer (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is very difficult to achieve and/or maintain - 55 (in 15 reviews)

  • An extreme lack of communication between groups, employees and management (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Director

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    Current Employee - Product Management Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Product Management Director in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Akamai

    Pros

    Great company culture, good pay and time off. Flexible work schedules and remote working options.

    Cons

    None at the moment, will come back when I see something off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Most rewarding company I have ever worked for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Akamai

    Pros

    Akamai is a very fast paced organization with a high performance culture. It demands much of its employees, yet delivers exceptional challenges and rewards people for their contributions to the business. With the pace of the organization comes a fantastic work life balance.

    Cons

    Company can do a better job marketing itself differently based on industry and verticals. Salary increases don't happen as often as they should.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing such a great job. Being the industry leader is difficult as you constantly have to innovate. Akamai continues to differentiate itself by investing in its people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great Company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work at home
    Diverse jobs in many part of country

    Cons

    Lots of levels of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find Managers who can get things done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rewarding, but challenging work and organizational growing pains

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Fast growing, highly relevant, high energy workplace. Smart people, industry leader. Highly focused on revenue growth, and they are hitting the goals. Liberal time off, great benefits. Compensation is good. CEO genuinely cares about the people. Professional company.

    Cons

    Engineering and Sales driven. Marketing is a bit stuck in between, if you happen to be there. Growing so fast it is hard to keep up. In leadership positions, work-life balance can be tough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have heard that there are some morale problems in different areas of the company, which appear to be related to setting output expectations higher than reasonable, and making schedules unrealistic. But I do not think this is prevalent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Strategic Account Exec

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    Former Employee - Strategic Sales Executive in San Francisco, NM
    Former Employee - Strategic Sales Executive in San Francisco, NM

    I worked at Akamai full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    culture is great, loved the people, #1 in industry

    Cons

    east coast based, slow to move on new products/services

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    move company to west coast

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Senior Software Engineer in Test

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Test Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and awesome work from home policy.

    Cons

    Growth is very slow and laid back culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Headquarter review

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Scientist
    Current Employee - Data Scientist

    I have been working at Akamai

    Pros

    In cambraidge, MA.
    Easy to reach with the T.
    They work with very established companies.
    Highly talented teams
    Growing rapidly over the past couple of years

    Cons

    Didn't notice any cons yet

  9.  

    Good Company with great work/life balance.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work & Life balance with great flexibility of work from home.
    Great people and team (may be this is personal to my team ;-)
    One of the best management team.
    One of the coolest CEO (MIT professor)...such a gentle and humble person (well those traits are more in Akamai DNA..as they would like to say)

    Cons

    One might end up doing the same stuff over the years and very disappointing career progression or promotion path.
    Salary on the lower side.
    No snacks/food.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please do consider better alternatives and plans to retain employees serving Akamai for years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Solid company, but bureacratic

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    A very relevant company with a clear vision for its own future. Certain areas of the company lead the world in what they do. If you're interested in networking or security, there is no other place to be.

    Cons

    Communication across the organization is difficult, different parts of the company jockey and compete with each other. Parts of the company not directly related to the core business (CDN, security) sometimes have second-rate people. Not always, but sometimes. If you're interviewing, judge your interviewers as much as they're judging you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek out places where work is being duplicated and bring those groups together to cooperate instead of compete.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Large Company with a Start-up Mentality

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Akamai full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Smart and friendly people with a casual work environment. It's almost too casual. (think beach wear). Offices are located in Kendall Square in Cambridge. Decent work/life balance for most employees. They are a resilient company; they survived the dot.com bust and the death of a co-founder. CEO is down to earth and is very interested in getting more diversity in all levels of the company.
    There bonuses and stock options. They do have company wide events which can be fun.

    Cons

    They're a 15+ year old company pretending to be a start-up. If you're over 35, look else where. There is no opportunity or diversity when it comes to age especially if you're a woman and there are very few women in management. Engineering drives the company which hurts their ability to get quality product out the door.
    There is no on-site cafeteria so food is expensive in the Cambridge area and the selection of eateries is slim and can become boring after a few weeks. Some buildings have a "grab-n-go" set up but the food is poor.
    There is a strong Accenture bias in areas of the company and there seems to be a preference for highly technical Project and Program Managers.
    Certain managers are more interested in managing up at the detriment of their direct reports. (i.e. They have thrown their direct reports under the bus while driving it!)
    It can be a volatile environment depending on the Business Unit. Some operate like the wild west and information sharing is non-existent. With a lot of their products spilling over into other BUs, it makes estimation, resource allocation and product releases an unnecessary challenge.
    Certain management keeps a 'tick' list of all your mistakes and will hold them over you during review time.
    Pay is ok but not stellar. No company-wide mentoring/coaching except for employees deemed "high potential".
    HR is clueless and useless at the same time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid or shuffle people who have been with Akamai over 10 years. Some executives have been with the company since they left college and it shows in their behavior and mind-set. They're not looking at the big picture. They're mired in their legacy and territory.
    If they truly want to be a green company, drop the parking garages and subsidize all forms of public transportation.
    Diversity, diversity diversity!! More women in management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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