Akamai Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
278 Reviews
4.0
278 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work life balance is great and the culture is very welcoming (in 21 reviews)

  • Extremely smart people, engineers, product marketing and executive leadership (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is very difficult to achieve and/or maintain - 55 (in 14 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.  

    Did not work out for me, but a good company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solutions Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Solutions Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Akamai full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They have a lot of talented people there. Good teamwork. The management in my area was great. Great technology. Strong company values.

    Cons

    Because they are a rapidly expanding company that is fairly young, they lack adequate procedures for some basic processes. Internal tools are also lacking in some areas. They have extensive training for new employees, however a fair amount of it is antiquated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Excellent culture! Employees seem to love working there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Internship Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Akamai as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Extremely helpful, friendly team. I can't speak for all teams, but I had exceedingly positive internship experience.

    Cons

    A lot of company architecture is in Perl, which I wished weren't the case; a more modern language like Ruby or Python (although there may be Python in other departments), would've been great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO Tom Leighton is *highly* regarded, and management as a whole is doing a fine job.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Smart people, great engineers, poor management otherwise

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

    I have been working at Akamai

    Pros

    Smart people, great products, great engineering team. Stay away from finance.

    Cons

    Outside of engineering, the management is sophomoric. Imagine allowing a strong individual contributor with zero management skill to manage a team of 15 people. And then meet with each one of them every week and encourage each to rat on the others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide what skills a strong manager should possess: Supports and elevates the people who work for her? Understands how to make each person who reports to her stronger at what he or she does? Helps team members acquire higher levels of skill? Move direct reports into more and more autonomous roles? Or do direct reports stay where they are with the same levels of skills indefinitely? Define what you intend by "management." Take a good look at who is succeeding at it. Then make changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Pretty good hired straight out of grad school

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Ample of opportunities to learn, lots of work since the company is growing very fast

    Cons

    Management is really slow in assigning new tasks to you & laid back since by default "EVERYONE IS BUSY". I had to wait a while , before any work was assigned to me. They have now started focusing more on communication within other groups across Akamai

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The focus has always been to hire new folks since the company is growing exponentially. But what about optimizing the current workers that are hired. You have too wait too long for an appraisal & recognition/promotion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Wicked cool company to work at

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

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I've been working at Akamai for more than 14 years.
    It's been cool.
    It's been happy.
    It's been difficult.
    It's been intense.
    It's been challenging.
    It's been fun.

    It is a privilege to work with some of the brightest people in the industry with a laser focus on results, ethical practices and a fun filled environment which made some lasting impressions on me.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing now. You guys truly rock!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing place, amazing people, excellent work-professional life balance

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, unlimited time off policy, compensation

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities in the internal support organizations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Ethical and care for employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Professional and care for employees
    Very ethical and supports initiatives

    Cons

    None I could think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Business System Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Akamai

    Pros

    Great Work Culture
    Awesome People
    Fun activities
    New Technologies

    Cons

    I did not find any cons

  10.  

    Great company in an expanding market

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akamai

    Pros

    Good place to work at. It is in a good market. Lot of interesting projects.

    Cons

    Clear market leader. Needs to keep investing in products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in products

  11.  

    Great Company to work for but with room for significant improvements

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    I have worked at Akamai for 3 years. Its a great company to work for with lots of perks and good amount of benefits. The work life balance is great and the culture is very welcoming. Many exciting opportunities to work with cutting edge technologies and make a difference.

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to come by at Akamai. Managers are not very experienced and a lot of hiring is based on who you know. Although the message is that title's don't matter, they still do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hiring and Promotions at Manager's level needs to be reviewed thoroughly and not taken lightly

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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