Akamai Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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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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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great Job No Advancement

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, job security, benefits, salary and work life balance. Great place if you have a young family and need to spend a lot of time at home. Akamai also lets you transfer to any of their international offices once you've proven yourself.

    Cons

    Extremely limited opportunities for advancement. No room for great ideas, mavericks or chronic innovators. Also not a very good place for young people, which is very unfortunate. Really only choose Akamai if you have a young family and don't need your job to provide you with friends and fun.

    Advice to Management

    Actually I like Akamai the way it is. It is safe, reliable, has a steady stock price, and makes me feel stable. I enjoy the graduate-school, research-lab like work environment and management treats the rank-and-file with respect. However, if you want to attract those young superstars then make a dev-office in downtown San Francisco. The San Francisco Akamai office is super fun, but is only for business types. You would have new grads from Stanford beating down your door if you dangled a downtown San Francisco coding job in front of them.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good solid company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Akamai (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Strong benefits and company structure

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and hard to navigate the organization


  3. Software Engineer Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Systems Software Engineer Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Intern - Systems Software Engineer Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akamai as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very lively work environment. very nice Projects and good team which is cooperative at all times. Scope to learn a lot including great pay

    Cons

    Some times the work is very static and you can't explore and the scope for innovation is minimum


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Solid company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with really smart, bright people and the stock doesn't hurt either. Benefits are excellent work/life balance for me was great.

    Cons

    Product development takes way too long. Core business is dying on the vine. Offerings are not competitively priced. Politics can be rampant and there is definitely an inner circle that is hard to get into without connections.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to stay nimble and agile. Move at the pace of your technology. Don't just say faster, stronger, better, make your offering and features align with your creed.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Lack of Talent at the Top Crippling Productivity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akamai full-time

    Pros

    Akamai has a good soul with all the right intentions. It can be a GREAT place.

    Cons

    There is too much dead wood at the top of the organization. It seems like they cashed in and checked out a long time ago.

    Advice to Management

    We desperately need talented managers/leaders. Don't lose the momentum we hoped to gain with all these great new hires by putting them under people who are not "here" anymore.


  7. Great Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top notch benefits. Fair compensation.

    Cons

    Middle management not willing to cause a stir.


  8. Helpful (2)

    growing pain

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akamai full-time

    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  10. Excellent place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer In Enterprise IT in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer In Enterprise IT in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredibly smart and talented people surround you. The culture inspires you to try and do the impossible and with that comes a great deal of pride in your work. Excellent leadership at the top. Competitive pay and good benefits.

    Cons

    Lots of growing pains while greatly expanding over last 3-5 years. At times poor communication from middle management and even between different business units internally. Very thrifty company when it comes to some things, specifically depreciable assets (hardware) and IT engineering. This leads to an under-served lab/engineering base and IT infrastructure that does not live up to Akamai's need to exist on the bleeding edge.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your IT a little more to allow for innovation. Encourage time off to improve work/life balance.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Overall solid place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive benefits, lots of interesting technical challenges and work due to growth. Management seems to have the company pointed in the right direction in terms of growing into adjacent and new areas to fight commoditization of traditional CDN business.

    Cons

    Growth has HQ sprawling all over Kendall Square, scattered among many buildings. Lots of legacy code and "not invented here" syndrome over the 15+ years means mucking through tons of hidebound code, tools, processes, etc. Definitely a fear of cutting over or "letting go", since the lack of available information and oral history makes it difficult to know what can be discarded and what must be retained.

    Advice to Management

    Put some of the gentlemen farmer "architects" scattered at personal labs around the country back to work on these problems, instead of their advanced research/dev sinecures.



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