Akamai Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Akamai CEO Tom Leighton
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Pros
  • The work life balance is great and the culture is very welcoming (in 23 reviews)

  • The best part you get to work with smart people every day (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is impossible (in 15 reviews)

  • No clear career progression paths - difficult to move ahead (in 6 reviews)

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366 Employee Reviews

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  1. so happy I joined

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

    I have been working at Akamai

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Always nice not to feel the smartest person in the room, great vision, salary and benefits. Work place and hours flexibility.

    Cons

    Not that I can think ok so far, but if I have to mention something, I would say a bit more synergy across divisions would not hurt.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  2. Application Software Engineer Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Akamai (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company, Great people, Great coffee
    Fast paced and there is lot to learn.

    Cons

    Free food will be great, or atleast 2 days a week.

    Advice to Management

    None. Keep up the good work.


  3. Company

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

    I have been working at Akamai

    Pros

    Unlimited Vacation, Location, Industry, Pace

    Cons

    Unlimited Vacation, Management, Innovation, Work/life balance is zero


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Be careful

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

    I worked at Akamai full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Peers were pretty good to work with. Pay, benefits and bonuses were decent. Cool technology and growing company.

    Cons

    Management not so great. Had a bad manager who didn't value people and discarded them like trash. Yes, a little bitter. People shouldn't be treated like that.


  6. Awesome

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

    I worked at Akamai

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company is great. Some of the smartest people I have ever worked with. No doubt the pinnacle of the Boston Internet Tech scene.

    Cons

    Demanding and Complex but Rewarding.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work... building the best products and partnering with the best customers on the planet. Faster forward.


  7. Amazing

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

    I worked at Akamai full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall a great place to work at.
    Great Benefits
    Intelligent People

    Cons

    Not many negatives I can think of.
    It is fast growing so there is a bit of disorder.
    A bit of office politics.

    Advice to Management

    I do not have any advice for management. I do not think management will struggle with the fast growing environment.


  8. Great place to make a career

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

    I have been working at Akamai full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are dedicated and very smart. There is generally a culture of continuous improvement. Always more to learn. Never boring.

    Cons

    There are some growing pains as the company gets larger. Many legacy systems and processes need replacing and sometimes get in the way of getting things done for customers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep driving innovation and pushing for customer-focused improvements


  9. Helpful (1)

    growing pain

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

    I have been working at Akamai full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - there are always some interesting projects going on if you can work on them
    - you can always bump into some quite smart people

    Cons

    company is fast growing, office dynamics and politics are getting more obvious

    Advice to Management

    There are too many layers of management and still growing, many new managers don't have management experiences.


  10. Software Quality Assurance intern at Akamai

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Akamai

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very helpful teammates.
    You can ask help anyone for help at anytime
    Get to work on the actual product as an intern
    Friendly recruiting team which makes sure that the interns have fun at work
    Lots of activities for the interns
    BBQ at CEO's house. How cool is that.

    Cons

    A little too relaxed. I expected a bit more urgency and more challenging projects.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the fun part going but a little more push would be welcome


  11. Helpful (1)

    Akamai is very pro diversity

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are a minority, you will do really well in Akamai. You'll do even better (fast track) if you are Jewish. A good deal of our senior managers are of the tribe, so you'll be well taken care of.

    Cons

    A little too touchy feely for me.



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