Akamai

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Akamai Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
325 Reviews
4.0
325 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.  

    Akamai in ANZ

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Sales in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Akamai

    Pros

    Leader in the market
    Dealing with the customer who are progressive which is good for CV and everyone is moving to the cloud
    Rock solid products
    People are great if you just get on with the job

    Cons

    Some politics is seeping in which is inevitable as the size grows
    Not everyone knows who Akamai is
    Pay is not always the greatest

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay better
    stop routing all decisions via regional HQ. Decisions can be made locally and are likely to be better.
    dont manage by spreadsheet

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Strategic Account Exec

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Senior Software Engineer in Test

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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    Great company and technology to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent company, good employee benefits, great product which makes it stand as an undisputed champion in the field. Flexible work conditions

    Cons

    Pressure is constant. Lot of self learning to do in detail. Constantly need to be updated, well read and well informed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Akamai Bangalore

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior UI Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior UI Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Good Work Culture
    Good office environment
    Learning is appreciated

    Cons

    There are some old school Managers, who do not live up to the Akamai Culture

    Recommends
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid company, but bureacratic

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  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.  

    Platform Operation Engineer

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

    I have been working at Akamai

    Pros

    Best place to work. Good pay. Good Management.

    Cons

    No such point is there to be discussed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst company ever

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits.

    Good products

    Cons

    You will be treated like a slave, no right to voice your opinion or have employee rights.

    Management cares about running reports only.

    Lack of respect and assistance.

    What you sign on the contract will not be what you will be doing.

    The company cares only about revenue.

    Poor internal knowledge base and tools.

    HR are not professional at all and don't know what they are doing. They will not help you but instead will try to get rid of you.

    Very poor culture which will make you feel worthless.

    The com attracts people with the salaries they offer and bonus as well as promises which will vanish once you start working with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think is too late to change the current situation.

    Respect and treat people the way you want to be treated.

    Start thinking about real improvements and work hard rather than fake it all to keep your wallet full.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Large Company with a Start-up Mentality

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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