Akamai Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
274 Reviews
4.0
274 Reviews
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Akamai CEO Tom Leighton
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128 Ratings

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 25 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.  

    Good Internship Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for less than a 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
  2.  

    Pretty good hired straight out of grad school

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

    I have been working at Akamai full-time for more than a 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    3 years work-ex in Akamai

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    1. No dress code
    2. People are good
    3. Cafeteria/Food is good

    Cons

    1. No proper promotion. They created some sudo ranks with addition of "2". Like TPM 2. In future they may add further numbers. this means you are not really promoted.
    2. No proper Salary Hike.
    3. Shift Allowance is same from past 4 years and no plans to increase in near future.
    4. If you are working honestly, you will not get promoted or will get hike until you do something "extra"
    5. False promises are made by managers. Some newly added managers have spoiled the entire culture
    6. HR department/Management sux and they treat Indian employess as 3rd world country employees
    7. Work from home is only on papers/rule books.
    8. Only managers travel abroad [multi times an year] to meet the other office employees, not the team members
    9. Salary is less as per market standards
    10. MICROMANAGEMENT all over [specially in professional services team].

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not take your employees for granted. honor the employees and give proper rewards/respect. People have now started to leave Akamai and it will increase to high level very soon if you do not take it seriously.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Wicked cool company to work at

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

    I have been working at Akamai full-time for 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
  6.  

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

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

    I have been working at Akamai full-time for 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
  7.  

    Great Company to work for but with room for significant improvements

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for 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
  8.  

    Ethical and care for employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for 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.  

    Best Company to work for in terms of work culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Networks Group bangalore  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Networks Group bangalore in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Great work culture
    Open door policy
    Flexibility
    Support for career advancement and learning
    Lot of growth opportunities
    Great office settings

    Cons

    Salary not the best in industry. Akamai tries to provide great benefits to the employees but the salary offered does not match with the other good players in the market. So there is always a temptation to leave but the work culture and other things are pulling employees back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Akamai is one of the best company to work for and if you could consider taking the salary standards to match or be close with the good companies in the market, no one would like to leave Akamai

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Excellent company with a lot of politics

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

    I worked at Akamai

    Pros

    Technology, Market vision, people, company origin and fundamentals, access to people, international

    Cons

    There are quite a lot of politics going on and they influence a lot your career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the work of people that gives everything for the company

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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

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